EP Kings coach, Barend Pieterse, has made six changes, one of them positional, to his match 22 for the forthcoming Currie Cup Premier Division match against the Xerox Golden Lions at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Justin Forwood will start at loosehead prop, which allows for Pieter Stemmet to return to the tighthead position.
At lock, Dylan Pieterse is not available for selection due to illness. He will be replaced by either David Antonites or Tazz Fuzani, both of whom are returning from injury – Antonites from a hand injury and Fuzani from a sore knee. The team’s medical staff will make a call on who will start against the defending Currie Cup champions later in the week.
The final change to the pack is at flank, where Luke van der Smit will start in the No 6-jersey, with Vincent Jobo moving to the bench.
Two changes were made to the back line which started against the Cell C Sharks. Siviwe Soyizwapi was not available for selection due to a slight concussion and has been replaced by Alcino Izaacs, who is promoted from the bench.
At fullback, Namibian international Johann Tromp returns to the starting team, which means Lungelo Gosa will start the match on the bench.
Joining Jobo and Gosa on the bench are Cullon Collopy (hooker) and another Namibian international, JC Greyling (centre), who has recovered from an ankle injury which he sustained in the match against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs earlier this month. The rest of the bench remains unchanged in Vukile Sofisa, Etienne Oosthuizen and Vian van der Watt.
EP Kings vs Lions
1. Justin Forwood
2. Martin Bezuidenhout (vice-captain)
3. Pieter Stemmet
4. David Antonites / Tazz Fuzani
5. Sebastian Ferreira
6. Luke van der Smit
7. Brandon Brown
8. Christiaan de Bruin
9. Ricky Schroeder (captain)
10. Pieter-Steyn de Wet
11. Sampie Mastriet
12. Waylon Murray
13. Berton Klaasen
14. Alcino Izaacs
15. Johann Tromp
16. Cullen Collopy
17. Vukile Sofisa
18. Etienne Oosthuizen
19. Vince Jobo
20. Vian van der Watt
21. Lungelo Gosa
22. JC Greyling
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