Rugby

Kings duo return from CT

2014-03-04 17:37
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Port Elizabeth - Siviwe Shakes Soyizwapi and Scott van Breda will start against the Tusker Simba XV in Cape Town on Saturday in the Eastern Province Kings first Vodacom Cup match of the season.

Vodacom Cup head coach, Mzwandile Stick, said both Soyizwapi and Van Breda, who had been on loan to the Stormers, had returned to the Kings this week, as they had not been selected as part of the Stormers touring squad.

“This is a great opportunity for us, as both players need to remain match fit in the event they get called up, so we are making use of them,” he said.

Stick said the team, which will once again be led by Stephan Zaayman, included a mix of seasoned players compared to the team that took on the Griquas two weeks ago, and was confident they would give a good showing in their first Vodacom Cup match.

“We needed some players with a bit of experience; as we saw in the Griquas game the guys did not have enough experience and when things didn’t go well, they battled to pull together as a group,” he said.

Stick said he was also confident that, with Tiger Mangweni in the back line as vice captain, there would be more stability and cohesion in the team.

“We have also done a lot over the past two weeks focusing on the set pieces, focusing on line outs and scrums, where we were penalised quite a lot in the last game,” he said.

Stick said it was going to be an interesting game against the Tusker Simba XV.

“We don’t really know what to expect. We managed to get some footage of them from last year July, of them playing against Zimbabwe but they now have a South African coach, who may have put new structure on their game plan,” he said.

“We do know they are going to come hard as they will be looking to make an impact,” he said.

Zaayman said it was exciting to be leadin the team out in their first Vodacom Cup match.

“We know it is going to be a tough game, but we are better prepared than we were against the Griquas and we have the added experience of players like Shakes, Scott and Tiger which really helps,” he said.

“We are a young side but we’re positive we can make a real impact in this competition and the guys are prepared to put their bodies on the line for each other,” he said.

Teams:

Kings:

15 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14 Eben Barnard, 13 Scott Van Breda, 12 Tiger Mangweni, 11 Lance Louw, 10 Ntabeni Dukisa, 9 Kelvano King, 8 Stephan Zaayman, 7 Claude Tshibidi , 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Brendan Hector, 4 Kuhle Sonkosi, 3 Vukile Sofisa, 2 Albe de Swardt, 1 Brendon Olivier,

Substitutes: 16 Tabbie du Plessis, 17 Pieter Stemmet, 18 Tyler Paul, 19 Siphesihle Phunguzwa, 20 Dwayne Kelly, 21 Brian Skosana, 22 Selwyn Davids

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