Cape Town - The Southern Kings have opted for consistency when they take
on the Bulls in their penultimate Super Rugby match of the 2017
season at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
Southern Kings coach, Deon Davids, on Thursday announced his
team for Saturday’s encounter and has made only one injury-enforced change
to the team that beat the Jaguares in Buenos Aires last weekend.
The match in
Pretoria will kick-off at 17:15.
Lock Wilhelm van der Sluys, who has been a consistent
performer for the Southern Kings since joining the side earlier in the season
on a loan agreement from English Premiership side, Worcester Warriors, has been
sidelined after sustaining a concussion in last weekend’s match in Argentina.
The lanky Van der Sluys will be replaced in the starting XV
by Lubabalo Mtyanda, who slotted in with aplomb as a replacement at the Estadio
Jose Amalfitani last weekend.
“Wilhelm van der Sluys is a very special player, on and off
the field, and a core member of the team. His injury is a big loss for the
team,” Davids said about the injury that has forced the change to the team.
“But I also must say that a player like Giant Mtyanda, who
will replace Wilhelm, really put up his hand and gave a good performance. We
really hope he can continue with that into our next game.
“We are happy we did not have any other injuries and we have
some solid combinations that we can work with.”
Mtyanda’s spot on the bench will be filled by the equally
capable Mzwanele Zito, who has held his own in previous appearances for the
Southern Kings earlier this season and also in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.
There are no other changes to the team.
“The rest of the team remains the same,” the head coach
“We are happy to be able to keep our changes to a bare
minimum in an effort to remain consistent and continue with the momentum we are
building as a team.
“It is important that we finish the season on a high note,
and consistency will go a long way in ensuring that we retain the best possible
combinations and continue to play the high standard of rugby we have set for
The head coach indicated that his side was expecting a tough
encounter against a determined Bulls outfit.
“The Bulls showed what they are capable of in last week’s
match against the Sharks,” Davids said.
“The Bulls will always remain one of the top sides in South
African rugby. There will never be an easy match against the Bulls, especially
when they are playing at home at Loftus Versfeld.
“We will need to do our basics right and ensure that we are
clinical, particularly in the set pieces – which is a strong area for the
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Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 John-Roy Jenkinson, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Shaun Adendorff, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Tinus de Beer, 23 Burger Odendaal
15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje (captain), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Mzamo Majola
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Mzwanele Zito, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Masixole Banda, 23 Yaw Penxe