Port Elizabeth - Southern Kings head coach, Deon Davids, has
made nine changes to his starting line-up ahead of the Super Rugby clash
against the Lions this weekend.
The Southern Kings tight five sees Schalk Ferreira starting
in place of Sti Sithole at loosehead, Martin Ferreira in pace of Edgar
Marutlulle at hooker. Marutlulle is out with a knee injury, while Sithole is
batting with an elbow injury.
Jacobie Adriaanse returns to tighthead - having recovered
from a rib injury - in place of Tom Botha, who moves to the bench,
Steven Sykes has cleared his medical, following light
concussion sustained against the Bulls, and will again captain the side. He
makes a positional change to right lock, while Schalk Oelofse comes up from the
bench to left lock, to rotate with JC Astle.
Chris Cloete retains his position at 6 flank, and is joined
by Thembelani Bholi, who makes his return from a knee injury in place of Stefan
Willemse. CJ Velleman comes up from the bench in place of Aidon Davis at No 8.
Among the backs, the scrumhalf and flyhalf pairing remain
the same, with James Hall and Louis Fouche respectively.
Davids has, however, moved Malcolm Jaer to fullback in place
of Jurgen Visser, which sees JP du Plessis move up from the bench to start at
Shane Gates returns from a foot injury that saw him sit out
the Bulls game, and will once again be vice-captain. Gates replaces Watermeyer,
who moves to the
Lukhanyo Am retains his spot at outside centre, with Luzuko
Vulindlu staying on at right wing.
On the bench, the forwards reserves include replacement
Martin Bezuidenhoudt, Jacques Engelbrecht and
Justin Ackerman, along with Botha and Astle.
Backs reserves are Ntando Kebe, Stefan Watermeyer and
Saturday’s clash at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is scheduled
15. Malcolm Jaer, 14. Luzuko Vulindlu, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12.
Shane Gates, 11. JP du Plessis, 10. Louis Fouche, 9. James Hall, 8. CJ
Velleman, 7. Thembelani Bholi, 6. Chris Cloete, 5. Steven Sykes (captain), 4.
Schalk Oelofse, 3. Jacobie Adriaanse, 2. Martin Ferreira, 1. Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Tom Botha, 18.
Justin Ackerman, 19. JC Astle, 20. Jacques Engelbrecht, 21. Ntando Kebe, 22.
Stefan Watermeyer, 23. Leighton Eksteen
15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12
Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren
Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries
Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Corne Fourie
Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacques
van Rooyen, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 JW Bell, 23
Rohan Janse van Rensburg