Cape Town - Southern Kings head coach, Deon Davids, has made just three
changes to his starting lineup, including one rotational change, ahead of the
their final match of the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby season, when they take on the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.
Steven Sykes returns to captain
the side, replacing Schalk Oelofse at left lock, while Dewald Human gets a
starting birth at flyhalf for the first time.
Oelofse moves to the bench, but has a shoulder niggle so Davids has announced Sintu Manjezi as a possible alternate for him.
"I am still waiting for
feedback from our physios regarding Schalk, but if he is not available it would
be a straight swop with Sintu," he said.
Davids has also rotated Davis
and Engelbrecht at eighthman, with Engelbrecht starting.
"We thought we would use
this opportunity to see what Dewald Human can do at 10, we brought him down to
see what he can do in the flyhalf position. He has been training in this
position leading up to the game and we have liked what we have seen.
"We have previously had
him on the bench as a replacement flyhalf, but have had to utilise him as
fullback, due to injuries."
"Dewald has good vision, a
good passing game as well as being a good kicker in both tactical kicking and
kicking to poles, so we are really excited to see him playing there," said Davids.
Davids said the team had
enjoyed the season and were looking forward to the last game.
"We are going to enjoy
ourselves and are looking forward to the challenge," he said.
Davids had been
heartened by the performance of the Kings against the Lions last week,
and the improvement of the players week on week, but would be looking for a
full eighty minutes from his team this weekend.
"We knew from the start it
was going to big season for us, especially due to the challenges of not having
a proper pre-season to assist with conditioning," he said.
Davids said he had spoken to
the team about remaining focused after the half-time break, and the
expectations on the reserves to make an impact in the game.
15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12
Shane Gates, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Dewald Human, 9 James Hall, 8 Jacques
Engelbrecht, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 JC Astle, 4 Steven Sykes
(captain), 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sti Sithole
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18
Tom Botha, 19 Schalk Oelofse/Sintu Manjezi, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 Kevin
Luiters, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Jeremy
15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Schalk Burger (captain), 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 JP Smith, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Scott van Breda