Cape Town - Kings head coach Deon
Davids has announced that Steven Sykes will return to captain the team to take
on the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.
Davids also confirmed that
Schalk Ferreira will also return having missed two games due to injury.
Marutlulle is sick with flu and the doctor has recommended that he sits this
game out. Martin Ferreira takes his place and Martin Bezuidenhout comes up on
the bench," said Davids.
Davids also confirmed that JC
Astle would move onto the bench with Schalk Oelofse starting alongside Sykes.
"JC has played nearly 80
minutes every game, so this is a chance just to manage him a bit better,"
Davids said the decision to
bring in Stefan Willemse, and Jacques Engelbrecht at flank was to match the
physicality of the Sharks pack.
At the back, Davids has brought
JP du Plessis on at outside centre to fill in for Stefan Watermeyer, who is out
with a tendon injury to his foot.
Cornell Hess comes up onto the
bench to fill the spot opened up by Oelofse starting.
Davids said the loss of Sykes,
Velleman and Cloete was a big blow to the team but also meant opportunities for
the other players.
Davids also pointed out the
rotation of Jacobie Adriaanse and Tom Botha.
Davids said he was happy to
have both Sykes and Schalk Ferreira, two of the most experienced players, back
ahead of the game against the Sharks, but was confident that the team would
provide bring their all to the game.
"I think all the players
have the ability to make an impact. for example, I think that, while we have
lost both CJ Velleman and Chris Cloete, Stefan Willemse and Aidon Davis have
both shown that they can make an impact," he said.
Davids said that they team
would be focusing on getting the basics and making the right decisions throughout
Kick-off in Durban is at 17:10.
15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre
Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie (c), 9 Michael Claassens,
8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stephen
Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle,
1 Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas
du Toit, 19 Giant Mtyanda, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Garth
April, 23 Odwa Ndungane
15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Luzuko Vulindlu, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Stefan Willemse, 5 Schalk Oelofse, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Tom Botha, 19 JC Astle, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Leighton Eksteen