The return of captain Michael Willemse at hooker was the most noteworthy change made to the Southern Kings starting XV by Head Coach Deon Davids when he named his team to take on the Toyota Cheetahs in a GUINNESSPRO14 fixture in Bloemfontein on Saturday, 20 January 2018.
Now fully recovered from a long-term groin injury, Willemse replaces Stephan Coetzee in the number 2 jersey and also reclaims the captain’s armband from Schalk Ferreira who deputised ably during his absence. In the only other change amongst the forwards Andisa Ntsila returns at number 6 flank in place of Eital Bredenkamp who moves to the bench.
The backline shows a number of changes to the one that did duty against the same opponents during the home fixture in Nelson Mandela Bay last weekend.
Injury to Oliver Zono means that Martin Du Toit moves from centre to flyhalf for the match in Bloemfontein while Luzuko Vulindlu takes over from Du Toit in the number 12 jersey. There’s a change at number 13 centre as well with Harlon Klaasen getting his first start of the season and Berton Klaasen moving to the bench.
In another change Yaw Penxe switches from fullback to left wing in place of Anthony Volmink. Volmink reported a tight hamstring after last weekend’s game and also missed a few days training due to illness this week.
“His absence is largely precautionary,” said Davids. The coach also announced that Ntabeni Dukisa would fill the fullback position vacated by Penxe.
“Ntabeni offers us an option as a placekicker and has made good use of the opportunities he’s been given so far this season – he deserves a start,” said the coach.
He added that he had impressed on his team the need to learn from the lessons of their 45-21 defeat of last weekend.
“We played well at times, particularly in the second half, but poor execution at critical times cost us and they were quick to capitalise. When you make errors against a quality side at this level they punish you,” he said.
Saturday’s match takes place at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein and kick off at 17h00. Watch all the action live on SuperSport DSTV Channel 201.
Southern Kings Team to face Toyota Cheetahs:
15. Dukisa Ntabeni
14. Makase Michael
13. Klaasen Harlon
12. Vulindlu Luzuko
11. Penxe Yaw
10. Du Toit Martin
9. Gouws Rowan
1. Ferreira Schalk
2. Willemse Michael(C)
3. Scholtz Pieter
4. Greeff Stephan
5. De Wee Bobby
6. Ntsila Andisa
7. Burger Martinus
8. Lerm Ruaan
16. Balekile Tango
17. Smith Johan
18. Van der Westhuizen Dayan
19. Welemu Lindokuhle
20. Bredenkamp Eital
21. van Rooyen Rudi
22. Janse van Rensburg Benhard
23. Klaasen Berton
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