Watson out of Stormers clash

2013-05-30 14:20

Cape Town - Andries Strauss will captain the Kings in their Super Rugby clash against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday after regular skipper Luke Watson pulled out with flu.

Kick-off is at 17:05.

Watson had been struggling the whole week with illness, but was expected to play.

Strauss is accustomed to the role having captained the team earlier in the season when Watson was laid low by a throat injury.

In other changes among the forwards, lock Darron Nell replaces Steven Sykes who is out with a shoulder injury.

Jacques Engelbrecht starts at No 8, with Wimpie van der Walt moving to No 7 and Cornell du Preez to No 6, while Devin Oosthuizen gets a spot on the bench.

Hooker Hannes Franklin replaces Virgile Lacombe (rib injury) among the substitutes.

In the backline, Siviwe “Shakes” Soyizwapi starts at right wing in place of Siyanda Grey, who is out with a hamstring injury, while Argentine Nicolas Vergallo gets a run at scrumhalf, with Shaun Venter moving to the bench.

A cold front is expected to hit Cape Town this weekend, with 100% rain predicted for Saturday.



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 Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Don Armand, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den Heever


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 Schalk Ferreira

Substitutes: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Grant Kemp, 18 Rynier Bernado, 19 Devin Oosthuizen, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Shane Gates, 22 George Whitehead


  • Fabricante De Broma - 2013-05-30 14:32

    He`s too chicken sh*t to face a 'boo-ing' crowd

      Spear Tackle - 2013-05-30 20:10

      No stormer will boo at King Watson, Super Ex-Captain ! #respect

      Doc Tyson - 2013-05-30 23:22

      Jaycee. LODHTMAHEOADG....dogtertjies in die laerskool Roflmfscao.....kom hier dat ek jou 'n PK gee jou klein k*K

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-05-30 14:34

    Looks like this bearded clown's season was planned ahead of time, kind of like a damage control programme.

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2013-05-30 14:38

    Pappa se grootseun gaan die eendjies voer

  • Louise Barnard - 2013-05-30 14:44

    This piece of news is not surprising at all.......

  • Grieta Mitchley - 2013-05-30 14:46

    Bang vir die ge-boooooo op Nuweland ne!

      Spear Tackle - 2013-05-30 21:34

      You used this joke before gaycee?

      Doc Tyson - 2013-05-30 23:24

      Ja Jaycee, do you know why you wont have front teeths soon....because I am going to give you a PK!!!!!

  • Victor Mendes - 2013-05-30 14:48

    What a surprise, I was waiting for his excuse to miss yet another local Derby.

      Sarel Brits - 2013-05-30 16:01

      Would hardly call it a Derby more like who is the better of the losers.

  • Herbert Smith - 2013-05-30 14:56

    Flu who ?

  • Jannie Smit - 2013-05-30 15:00

    Luke Watson seems to have a huge influence on quite a substantial number of people

      Fabricante De Broma - 2013-05-30 15:08

      Yes. When someone says they want to 'kots' on the best jersey in the world it will p!ss a few people off. So please don`t mistake being infamous for being famous.

      Fabricante De Broma - 2013-05-30 15:14

      Thank you Raven.

  • Cina - 2013-05-30 15:10

    Shame I see old pukie is scared to play the Stormers.

  • Doc Tyson - 2013-05-30 15:12


      Sarel Brits - 2013-05-30 15:59

      Ja Doc daar is mense wat uitsien na die game aan die relegation kant van die log Bulls en Cheetha supporters kyk in die VIP section van die log.

  • Smurwe - 2013-05-30 15:17

    At least the Kings now have a chance to win... They also will have more support from non Kings supporters

  • Richard Scully - 2013-05-30 15:26

    Vomiting on your Kings shirt eh??

      Suidlander van Wyk - 2013-05-30 18:05

      vomiting on your ugly face and then your ass

  • Richard Scully - 2013-05-30 15:26

    Go stormers!!!!

      Fabricante De Broma - 2013-05-30 15:29

      Comment on your first post Richard.

  • Andre Jansen Van Vuuren - 2013-05-30 15:29

    Ditti FDB

  • Curtis Hunt - 2013-05-30 15:37

    Puke Watson pulled out because of "flu" Is that journo-speak for "He's too much of a chicken sh*t to face the Newlands fans"? What a tool!

  • Lourens M Hendricks - 2013-05-30 15:50

    Pity now the Fun is gone...Luke wanted 2 Puke on the Springbok Jersey 4 what it use 2 stand 4,well I wouldve said I'm gona take a S### on it,the same as what I wana do when I see the old the jersey Represents a era where only Cheeky Watson stood up as a white man!Watsons True Africans!!!ViVA

      Sarel Brits - 2013-05-30 15:53

      Ag foeitog man is jou maagie ok seer.

      Fabricante De Broma - 2013-05-30 15:54

      You`re not famous- so no one gives a f*ck.

      Suidlander van Wyk - 2013-05-30 18:08

      infact Laurens that springbok emblem must be totally removed and our beautiful Protea would look nice on that jersey

      Volstruis Potchefstroom - 2013-05-30 18:26

      Irrespective of the political fanfare you are proclaiming facts are facts, you're a morone, Cheeky jnr could not merrit a place in the pale team and took you for n ride to get playtime and the Kings will not see next season. I will rather see the new Soweto/ Kaizer Chiefs team than the Kings.

  • Sarel Brits - 2013-05-30 15:51

    Ag shame man die arme man het seker n maag griep hy wil seker weer net kots... Useless plonker atleast het die Queens nou n kaans.

  • Roy Wadhams - 2013-05-30 15:56

    He knew what was waiting for him so he got the flu.

  • Taetjo Mathabatha - 2013-05-30 16:12

    Let the games begin.

  • Johan Fortuin - 2013-05-30 16:44

    Banggat sê ek.sommer vrekbang

  • Louis Fourie - 2013-05-30 16:57

    @ ,Laurens RETARDED IDIOT Hendricks, your the most pathetic Watsons/ kings supporter there is! Apartheid has ended long ago! Why do fool's like you still live in the past and bring politics into rugby! Go watch that pathetic lose and support them, you useless pieces of sh*t! F**K YOU AND THE WATSONS AND THAT POLITICAL PARTY OF YOURS!

      Suidlander van Wyk - 2013-05-30 18:10

      you are actually a worse retard than Lourens, he is merely stating facts and you are stating nothing

  • Louis Fourie - 2013-05-30 17:07

    @ Lourens RACIST RETARD Hendricks, your probably the worst kings/ Watsons/ ANC supporter there is, I find utter disgusting and foolish that u can say that! The fact that u. Need to blame apartheid and bring it into rugby just shows what weak minded and foolish character you really are! You don't even know.the history of springbok emblem ! Go support that loser team.and useless Bafana Bafana ! Keep your.mouth shut about the springboks!

  • Richard Prowse - 2013-05-30 17:12

    He got sick just thinking about the reception due from the Newlands faithful

  • Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-05-30 17:22

    This game is the non-events of non-events. Not news.

  • Leon Young - 2013-05-30 17:55

    Go kings go beat em stormers

  • Ebony Love - 2013-05-30 18:14

    the queens chances of winning has just got a major boost

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  • Volstruis Potchefstroom - 2013-05-30 18:33

    @Hendricks what is a true africa? The illegals from Mozzie, Zim, Zam or Botties!Stay with Rugga and Rugga fact Cheeky Jnr will be a great groundskeeper at PE

  • Sboniso Gumbi - 2013-05-30 19:00

    Rain or storm,we want a victory against Kings . . . a big victory I mite add!!.

  • Ivan Sport - 2013-05-30 19:11

    Siek of nie siek nie, Stormers sal die een redelik maklik wen. Die Kings het meeste van ons verras. Die jaar, maar ek dink die hekkie gaan Saterdag te hoog wees op Nuweland. Stormers wen met 25

  • Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-05-30 20:58

    Why is this article under "Super Rugby"?

  • Dawie De Jager - 2013-06-01 11:01

    Haai fooi tog pa se kind...

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