Having spent the week preparing in Galway, Ireland, the Southern Kings have made just one change to their team for tomorrow night’s Guinness PRO14 game with Connacht at the Sportsground.
After the Southern Kings opening-round loss to champions Scarlets, head coach Deon Davids has promoted scrum-half Godlen Masimla to the starting XV with Rudi van Rooyen named on the bench.
The team will be again captained by Michael Willemse while out-half Kurt Coleman, winger Yaw Penxe and No 8 Andisa Ntsila were all prominent in the Round 1 fixture against the Scarlets and have retained their places for the game against Connacht – the 2016 champions.
15 Masixole Banda, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Victor Sekekete, 6 Khay Majola, 5 Dries van Schalkwyk, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Michael Willemse (captain), 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Luvuyo Pupuma, 18 Martin Dreyer / Entienne Swanepoel, 19 Bobby de Wee, 20 Siyabulela Mdaka, 21 Rudi van Rooyen, 22 Oliver Zono, 23 Jacques Nel.
Connacht Rugby v Southern Kings – KO 7:35pm (8.35pm SA Time)
Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU, 10th competition game)
AR1: Keith Allen (SRU). AR2: Joy Neville (IRFU)
TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)
SuperSport 1: 8.30pm (SA Time)