Cape Town - The Eastern Province Kings will travel to
Johannesburg to tackle the Golden Lions without skipper Luke Watson.
There was uncertainty in the week whether the game would
take place, followoing a troublesome week where it was revealed that the Kings
players were not paid for their services last month.
The Kings players had gone on strike and had not trained since
Monday, but a team was named late on Thursday which served as confirmation that
the match would indeed take place.
Kings coach Brent Janse van Rensburg made 10 changes from
the side which lost to the Sharks last week, but no explanation was given as to
why so many changes were made.
The absence of skipper Watson is the most notable of those
changes, with midfielder Tim Whitehead taking over the captaincy.
The only players who retained their places in the starting
XV are prop Lizo Gqoboka, flank Thembelani Bholi, flyhalf Karlo Aspeling,
centre Ronnie Cooke and wing Siyanda Grey.
Among the backs, Hansie Graaff will start at fullback in
place of Scott van Breda, Whitehead comes in at inside centre ahead of JP du
Plessis, Sylvian Mahuza starts at left wing ahead of Luther Obi, while Dwayne
Kelly starts at scrumhalf in place of Enrico Acker.
Up front, Paul
Schoeman starts at No 8 ahead of Tim Agaba, Stefan Willemse replaces Watson at
flank, Cameron Lindsay and Tazz Fuzani are the locks, with Cornell Hess and
Steven Sykes sidelined.
Simon Kerrod replaces Tom Botha at tighthead prop, while
Edgar Marutlulle comes in at hooker in place of Martin Ferreira.
Saturday’s clash at Ellis Park kicks off at 19:10.
15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Stokkies
Hanekom, 12. Howard Mnisi (captain), 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Jaco van der
Walt, 9. Lohan Jacobs, 8. Fabian Booysen, 7. Kwagga Smith, 6. Stephan de Wit,
5. Martin Muller, 4. MB Lusaseni, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1.
Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16. Robbie Coetzee, 17. Ruan Dreyer, 18.
Lourens Erasmus, 19. Jano Venter, 20. Ricky Schroeder, 21. Marnitz Boshoff, 22.
15 Hansie Graaff, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Tim
Whitehead (captain), 11 Sylvian Mahuza, 10 Karlo Aspeling, 9 Dwayne Kelly, 8
Paul Schoeman, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Tazz
Fuzani, 3 Simon Kerrod, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Substitutes: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Basil Short, 18
Cornell Hess, 19 Eital Bredenkamp, 20 Enrico Acker, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 JP du