Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids today announced his team to take on Italian side Benetton in a GUINNESSPRO14 encounter at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday and the return of Kurt Coleman and Godlen Masimla as halfback pairing along with two injury enforced replacements were the only changes made to the run-on XV that secured the franchise’s maiden victory in the championship last time out against the Dragons.
Martin Du Toit and Rowan Gouws move to the bench in order to accommodate Coleman and Masimla and, in the only other change to the backline, veteran Alshaun Bock takes over from the injured Anthony Volmink on the wing.
The single change made to the forward pack is injury enforced too – hooker and captain Michael Willemse damaged the medial ligament in his left knee during the match against the Dragons and, according to team doctor Lizanne Pieterse, is expected to be out of action for as long as eight weeks. His place in the starting XV is taken by Stephan Coetzee with Tango Balekile included as replacement hooker on the bench. Other changes amongst the replacements see Lubabalo Mtyanda and Lusando Badiyana selected in place of Lindokuhle Welemu and Dries Van Schalkwyk.
Commenting on the upcoming fixture Coach Davids said he was expecting a tough and physical encounter. “Benetton will have all their international players back for this game and will be keen to bounce back after having lost their last match but we are really looking forward to the contest,” he said.
Saturday’s match against Benetton kicks off at 3pm and gates open at 1pm. Tickets are available at all TicketPro outlets and online at www.ticketpros.co.za
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15. Masixole Banda
14. Michael Makase
13. Berton Klaasen
12. Luzuko Vulindlu
11. Alshaun Bock
10. Kurt Coleman
9. Godlen Masimla
1. Schalk Ferreira (C)
2. Stephan Coetzee
3. Pieter Scholtz
4. Stephan Greeff
5. Bobby De Wee
6. Andisa Ntsila
7. Martinus Burger
8. Ruaan Lerm
16. Tango Balekile
17. Johan Smith
18. Luvuyo Pupuma
19. Lubabalo Mtyanda
20. Lusanda Badiyana
21. Rowan Gouws
22. Martin Du Toit
23. Jacques Nel
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