Kings won't be taken lightly
Cape Town - The Stormers will not underestimate the Southern Kings when they host the newest South African Super Rugby franchise at Newlands on Saturday afternoon.
Although the Stormers, SA Conference champions in 2011 and 2012, have not been at their very best this season, they realise the Kings can cause serious damage to an already disrupted campaign this weekend.
The Kings are currently in 13th position on the log
. They did not have the best outing against the Cheetahs last weekend
and are still aiming for their first-ever win in a local derby.
To make matters worse for the Kings, they will be without their regular captain
and most experienced player, Luke Watson
, on Saturday. A bout of flu has ruled him out of the match against the Stormers
, a team he represented 62 times in total.
For Demetri Catrakilis
it will be a return to Newlands for the first time since he left Cape Town at the end of 2012. Last season turned out to be a massive one for the Kings flyhalf, as he helped Western Province to win the Vodacom and Currie Cups.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee
warned his team not to underestimate
the visitors to Cape Town this weekend.
“I think the big thing is the way the Kings play with attitude and also a big desire,” said Coetzee, who hails from the Eastern Cape and coached and captained Eastern Province in his playing days.
“No matter who is out and who is in, they remain a dangerous side. They have had a few hiccups, but they have still continuously played well and performed well.
“We are under no illusions that this is going to be a helluva tough game, and we have got to pitch up this weekend. It is going to be physical, and we need to play a smart kicking game and make sure we win that battle, but it starts with the set-piece.”
Kick-off for the match is at 17:05.
15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jean de Villiers
(captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9
Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Deon Fourie, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 De Kock
Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Chris Heiberg,
18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Don Armand, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Gary van
Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den HeeverKings:
15 SP Marais, 14 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss
(captain), 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis
, 9 Nicolas
Vergallo, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du
Preez, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Darron Nell, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1
Substitutes: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Grant Kemp,
18 Rynier Bernado, 19 Devin Oosthuizen, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Shane Gates,
22 George Whitehead