Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie returns to the Cell C Sharks team to face the Southern Kings on Saturday as well as resuming the captaincy from Philip van der Walt for this local Vodacom Super Rugby derby which kicks off at 17h15 in Port Elizabeth.
Leon Cronje (Southern Kings Captain), Deon Davids (Southern Kings Coach) and Lubabalo Mtyanda (Southern Kings debutante) discuss the upcoming #FillOurStadium Super Rugby clash against the Sharks at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 13 May 2017.
The Durban side travel to PE on the back of four previous wins in their fixture against the Kings. However, victory for Deon David’s team will hand them three consecutive wins for the very first time. The Kings’ starting team is similar to the one that started in the 44-3 win over the Rebels two weeks ago, with the only change being the return of Schalk van der Merwe at loosehead prop for Justin Forwood, who is out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Head coach Robert du Preez has largely retained the same Durban side that beat the Force 37-12 at home last week and apart from the inclusion of Lambie, he also made three rotational changes. Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo is back in the starting mix following his rest weekend. In the front row Beast Mtawarira returns for Thomas du Toit while Franco Marais and Chiliboy Ralepelle swap jerseys.
Southern Kings v Cell C Sharks
Southern Kings: 15.Maxisole Banda, 14.Wandile Mjekevu, 13.Berton Klaasen, 12.Luzuko Vulindlu, 11.Makazole Mapimpi, 10.Lionel Cronje (captain), 9.Louis Schreuder, 8.Andisa Ntsila, 7.Tyler Paul, 6.Chris Cloete, 5.Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4.Irne Herbst, 3.Ross Geldenhuys, 2.Martin Bezuidenhout, 1.Schalk van der Merwe. Replacements: 16. Kurt Haupt/Tanga Balekile, 17.Chris Heiberg, 18.Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19.Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20. Stefan Willemse, 21.Johan Steyn, 22.Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23. Nicolaas Hanekom.
Cell C Sharks: 15. Rhyno Smith, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Kukhanyo Am, 12. Jeremy Ward, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Pat Lambie (captain), 9. Michael Claassens, 8. Dan du Preez, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Philip van der Walt, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Stephan Lewies, 20. Tera Mtembu, 21. Cobus Reinach, 22. Garth April, 23. S’busiso Nkosi.
Date: Saturday, 13 May
SA Time: 17h15
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Referee: Federico Anselmi
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, AJ Jacobs
Television match official: Christie du Preez
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