Cape Town - Southern Kings head coach Deon Davids has
announced his team to take on the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Saturday
(kick-off 23:40 SA time).
Davids has made nine changes to his team, including two
positional changes, ahead of the match.
The front row is boosted with the return of Edgar Marutlulle
at hooker in place of Martin Ferreira, while tighthead prop Jacobie Adriaanse
moves to the bench to make way for Tom Botha in a rotational move.
Lock JC Astle moves up from the bench to stand alongside
captain Steven Sykes, filling in for Schalk Oelofse, who missed the Argentinian
tour due to a concussion sustained during the Lions game.
The loose trio remains unchanged with Chris Cloete and
Thembelani Bholi at flank, while CJ Velleman returns at No 8.
Ntando Kebe comes in at scrumhalf in a rotational change
with James Hall, while Elgar Watts gets a start at flyhalf in place of Louis
Fouche, who moves to the bench.
The two positional changes see Luzuko Vulindlu moving to
left wing, while Lukanyo Am moves from outside centre to right wing.
Stefan Watermeyer comes up from the bench to outside centre,
playing alongside vice-captain Shane Gates who holds his position at inside
Jaco van Tonder gets his first start at fullack, following
the absence of Malcolm Jaer, who is out for six weeks following a broken hand
sustained during the Lions game..
"At fullback we have Jaco van Tonder, we know he can
play at 15 and hasn't had a chance to start there yet this year, and Leighton
Eksteen, who can come in as a backup," Davids said.
"We felt that, at this point of time, we want to give
Jaco a chance and see how he is doing," he said.
Davids said the team was expecting a tough competition on
"They have a good forward pack and will definitely come
at us with driving mauls. They're an internationally experienced side, they
love ball in hand, they love using the width of the field and love a quick
"We will just have to be very alert and very aware of
what is happening in front of us and will have to work very hard within our
structures and systems," he said.
Davids has also included Stefan Willemse and Aidon Davis on
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni,
12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín
Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Tomás
Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1
Santiago García Botta
Substitutes: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Nahuel
Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22
Jerónimo De La Fuente, 23 Lucas González Amorosino
15. Jaco Van Tonder, 14. Lukhanyo Am, 13. Stefan Watermeyer,
12. Shane Gates, 11. Luzuko Vulindlu, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Ntando Kebe, 8. CJ
Velleman, 7. Thembelani Bholi, 6. Chris Cloete, 5. JC Astle, 4. Steven Sykes
(captain), 3. Tom Botha, 2. Edgar Marutlulle, 1. Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16. Martin Ferreira, 17. Justin Ackerman, 18.
Jacobie Adriaanse, 19. Stefan Willemse, 20. Aidon Davis, 21. James Hall, 22.
Louis Fouche, 23. Leighton Eksteen