EP Kings change for FS clash

2012-10-16 23:27

Cape Town - Centre Wayne Stevens will lead the EP Kings in the first leg of their Currie Cup promotion/relegation playoff against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday night.

According to the Rugby365 website, he takes over from injured lock Darron Nell who stood in for regular skipper Luke Watson in their 26-25 first division final win against the Pumas last week.

David Bullbring replaces Nel at lock in one of four changes to the starting line-up. Jaco Engels replaces Schalk Ferreira after the latter took a heavy knock to the head, while in the backline utility back Tiger Mangweni has been rested after a gruelling season. He is replaced by at inside centre by Shane Gates.

In another change, Wesley Dunlop replaces George Whitehead at flyhalf.

Kick-off at the Free State Stadium is at 19:10, with the second playoff leg taking place the next Friday in Port Elizabeth.


Free State:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschange, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Izak van der Merwe, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Davon Ruabenheimer, 20 Tewis du Bruyn, 21 Phillip Snyman, 22 Rayno Benjamin

EP Kings:

15 SP Marais, 14 Paul Perez, 13 Wayne Stevens (captain), 12 Shane Gates, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Falie Oelschig, 8 Cornell Du Preez, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Devin Oosthuizen, 5 David Bullbring, 4 Reynier Bernardo, 3 Clint Newland, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Jaco Engels.

Substitutes: 16 Frank Herne, 17 Andre Schlechter, 18 Wayne van Heerden, 19 Mpho Mbiyozo, 20 Scott Mathie, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Michael Killian.


  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-17 01:44

    ....Go Cheetahs..!! ....I hope the EP Cheeky Comrade- Queens lose all their Super games...

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-17 08:02

      Die Cheetahs gaan vir daai Kings 'n rugby les leer. Na hierdie game gaan hulle eers begin koop en dalk 'n ander afrigter soek.

      rassie.venter.5 - 2012-10-17 12:25

      Ek is gladnie 'n Cheeta fan nie maar hulle gaan oor die uitspeelwedstryde vir almal wys hoe 'n groot klug SARU is en net onderstreep hoe hulle die klomp kleiner Unies met geld manipileer wanneer dit hulle pas, wanneer hulle hulle sin wil hĂȘ reel hulle met die kleiner Unies om die kat aan sy stert rond te swaai!!!!!

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-17 19:24

      hey BJ woke up on the wrong side today, go play with yourself you twat

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-10-17 07:25

    I find it strange that "Cheeky" who is such a strong ANC supporter keeps an old colonial name as Eastern Province in the name of the rugby team from EASTERN CAPE.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-10-17 10:02

      dont be silly man!!!

  • peter.brown.940436 - 2012-10-17 08:03

    GO Cheetahs, grind the Kings into submission

      riaan.thomas.1 - 2012-10-18 15:14

      I'm glad u want the cheetahs 2 win as I know we kicking cheetahs in cheetahs land out of currie cup and pls when we do don't say they had no all of there players as I know EP Kings will win I totally did 4 get 2 tel u its highlights u watching we won by 28-11

  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-17 08:30

    You have to expect the Cheetahs to win this by 25+! What happens if each side wins their home game, do bonus points for tries come into play? Interesting selection for Naka, does he play Andries Strauss? Can you trust the player not to do his future bosses a favour?

  • unclejb.vansiths - 2012-10-17 08:34

    Go you KINGS its our time now. Super Rugby and Currie Cup premier division next year lets go!!

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-10-17 10:58

      Come on EP Kings!!

  • Jason - 2012-10-17 12:41

    Not to stir the race pot or anything, but I notice there are no black people in this starting xv? Looks like cheeky was using that ol chestnut to line his pockets????? What a farce

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-10-17 14:57

      Check the backline ass wipe!!!

      Jason - 2012-10-17 19:09

      Apologies you got one player of colour in the whole team - that's transformation at its best. Perez is a kiwi so that doesn't count.... Must suck being a retard

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-17 22:11

    Hans backing the Cheetahs 110% I bestow on you the ability to CREATE HAVOC. Show the BEE and ANC funded EP team they do not belong here. EP Kings, I would support you had the process and motive behind your entry been transparent and not motivated by politics. Wys hulle Cheetahs.

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