Watson out of Stormers clash

2012-02-10 07:21

Cape Town - Southern Kings captain Luke Watson has pulled out of their pre-season clash against the Stormers in Port Elizabeth due to a sore shoulder.

Die Burger newspaper reports that flank Vleis Engelbrecht will now move into the No 8 position to replace Watson. Boetie Britz will move up from the bench to take Engelbrecht's spot; with experienced lock Darron Nell taking over the captaincy.

Watson did, however, have some advice for his team-mates after they were frequently punished by referee Stuart Barry in their 12-16 loss to the Bulls last week.

"Play couldn't flow last week due to all the penalties. Every year the referees get something new on which they focus.

Lourens van der Merwe will be the referee on Saturday and will guard the breakdowns and scrums extra carefully.

The Kings also struggled in the lineouts against the Bulls and with the Stormers’ 2,08m tall Andries Bekker they could be in for a long afternoon.

Kings coach Alan Solomons says he expects an improvement in the scrums. However, Solomons is less worried about the result of this game than the future of Kings rugby.

"It's still an issue with the current players who have to prove that they want to be part of our Super Rugby plans for next year. The result is irrelevant."

Solomons put structures in place at the franchise to ensure that they will be competitive at regional level in future.

"There's a good academy here now, a rugby section and medical structures. I've also set up a comprehensive strategic plan. It includes the recruitment of players.

"The Eastern Cape is yet to have a professional era in Super Rugby. It’s fantastic for the region to get it now.

"The black communities here have always been fond of the game and allocation of a regional team will give rugby a boost."

But Solomons will go into the game against the Stormers with a largely depleted line-up. Devin Oosthuizen (loose forward), Joe Snyman (lock), SP Marais (fullback), Jongi Nokwe (wing), Siyanda Grey (centre) and George Whitehead (back) are all injured.


Kings: 15 Tiger Mangweni, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Jaco Bekker, 12 Wayne Stevens, 11 Norman Nelson, 10 Shane Gates, 9 Falie Oelschig, 8 Vleis Engelbrecht, 7 Boetie Britz, 6 Mpho Mbiyozo, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Darron Nell (captain), 3 Clint Newland, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Jaco Engels.

Substitutes: 16 Bobby Dyer, 17 Zane Killian, 18 Andre Schlechter, 19 Wayne van Heerden, 20 Reynier Bernardo, 21 Thembelani Bholi, 22 Dustin Jinka, 23 Earl Rose, 24 Dwayne Jenner, 25 Kieran Goss.

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Bryan Habana, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Rynhard Elstadt, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 19 Frans Malherbe, 20 Eben Etzebeth, 21 De Kock Steenkamp, 22 Nizaam Carr, 23 Nic Groom, 24 Marcel Brache, 25 Burton Francis, 26 Danie Poolman.


  • Lionel - 2012-02-10 07:36

    Stormers will show the Bulls how to beat the Kings properly!!!!!!!

      Johan - 2012-02-10 07:51

      Please!! Just look at last week’s loss. The Bulls did send a young team. Just watch out for the Kings.

      Deon - 2012-02-10 08:04

      If only they can show the Bulls how to win a Super Rugby title. :(

      hvanderlinde - 2012-02-10 08:05

      The Bulls are also going to lose to the Cheetahs. Our young team will show you how to beat the kings properly

      Bryan - 2012-02-10 08:34

      @Deon... are you confused boet?? The Bulls have won three super rugby titles!!

      Jason - 2012-02-10 09:39

      I wish the game was being televised, im keen to see how Bryan goes at Outside Centre. We have paid for him, we need to use him and the powers that be have put him in their plans. As fans we really need him to find some of that old form. If anyone can put him into space its Jean.

      Deon - 2012-02-10 10:10

      @Bryan. I know. My point was that the Stormers haven't one any Super titles yet..... Maybe this year?

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-10 08:11

    Sore shoulder! O I thought is was a sore loser!

      Leon - 2012-02-10 08:45

      No no seer keel n WP ondersteuner het vir hom n springbok trui gestuur

  • Jason - 2012-02-10 09:33

    Puke is not a bad ball fetcher and can be decently aggressive around the break down, i am certain he will be missed.

      Hoo - 2012-02-10 11:57

      @jaseun- mister ugly, i think 2 people that won't be missed... 'jaseun' en 'kotsel wieseseun', i think, you think??

  • hannes.handogg - 2012-02-10 09:34

    Vleis Engelbrecht! Sounds like the type of guy I'd like to invite to a braai!

      Marius - 2012-02-10 10:34

      Will be a bad idea. There won't be much left for you on the braai once he has finished eating. He is a very good no.8. A strong, tall guy who has played for the Springbok 7's, so his ball handling skills are also great. Both the Bulls and the Sharks tried to contract him at the beginning of last year, but he had already signed a contract with the Kings earlier.

      hannes.handogg - 2012-02-10 14:17

      Ha ha ha! Noted Marius.

  • Ruan Pretorius - 2012-02-10 09:47

    What a PUKING shame

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-02-10 10:06

    not ideal losing your captain and top player for a massive game Hope Luke is ready for next weeks game against the Sharks

  • Marius - 2012-02-10 10:26

    There has just been a huge improvement in the Kings team with this change. Engelbrecht is a far better no.8 than Luke will ever be. Luke should stick to open side flank where he learnt his rugby.

      Hendrik - 2012-02-10 16:21

      Luke should not be on a Rugby field. Finish en klaar.

  • Jacques - 2012-02-10 10:33

    I would have thought he pulled out because he has a stomach bug and is puking.. In fact I hope he gets one...

      Jacques - 2012-02-10 15:22

      I see I have some thumbs down. Maybe my comment was a bit uhm cheeky...

  • Johan - 2012-02-10 10:48

    Ek wonder wat gaan sy verskoning wees volgende jaar as hulle super 15 moet speel. (Mamma ek kots al so dat my pankrias by my hol uitkom)

  • Jody - 2012-02-10 11:52

    Watsons and Solomon are morons............FINISH and KLAAR.

  • fbstevens - 2012-02-10 12:12

    puke is afraid verry afraid.......... will see suddenly on Sunday his sholder will be fine and redy for the next game( Bang gat) kom haal jou nannas boeta.:)

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