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Kings know what to expect
Andries Strauss (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - A huge physical onslaught. That is what the Kings are expecting from the Bulls when the two sides meet in their Super Rugby clash in front of a packed Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday night.
The Kings have surprised friend and foe with their performances this year, winning two matches against the Force and Rebels and sharing the spoils against the Brumbies.
However, they remain underdogs for the clash against the Bulls but vice-captain Andries Strauss insists they're up for the challenge, knowing full well what is coming their way.
"I don't think much has changed over the last few years with the way Bulls play the game," he told Die Burger's website
"It will always be a physical challenge - and if you can't handle that, then you've got no chance to win."
The Kings received a blow on the eve of the match when winger Sergeal Petersen was withdrawn
due to a groin strain.
The loss of Petersen means that Marcello Sampson will start, while Scott van Breda has been called in to the replacements.
The clash in Port Elizabeth kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday night.Teams:
15 George Whitehead, 14 Ronnie Cooke, 13 Waylon Murray
, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis
, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Luke Watson
(captain), 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku
, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Substitutes: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Grant Kemp, 18 Rynier Barnardo, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Scott van Breda, 22 Siviwe Soyizwapi.Bulls:
15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht
, 12 Jan Serfontein
, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak
, 8 Pierre Spies
(captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandre Kruger
, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle
, 1 Morne Mellett
Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Werner Kruger
, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Bjorn Basson