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    Kings brace for high-tempo Kiwis

    2016-03-11 11:46

    Cape Town - Southern Kings coach Deon Davids says the next three weeks will be a great learning experience for his side.

    The Kings are bracing for three consecutive weeks of Super Rugby action against New Zealand opposition, starting with a game against the Chiefs in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

    They face the Crusaders in Christchurch on March 19, before taking on the Hurricanes in Wellington the following weekend.

    Davids expects fast-paced encounters against the Kiwi sides and is hoping his players will be able to keep up.

    “We are going to be playing the next three games against New Zealand sides that have exceptional talent and play the game at a very high tempo, which brings a different set of challenges,” said David.

    “It is going to be a massive learning curve for our players, but we are here and we must learn and go with it.”

    Saturday’s clash at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is scheduled for 15:05.

    Teams:

    Kings

    15 Jurgen Visser 14 Luzuko Vulindlu 13 Stefan Watermeyer 12 Shane Gates 11 Malcolm Jaer 10 Louis Fouche 9 Ntando Kebe 8 Jacques Engelbrecht 7 Thembelani Bholi 6 Chris Cloete 5 JC Astle 4 Steven Sykes (captain) 3 Jacobie Adriaanse 2 Edgar Matutlule 1 Schalk Feirreira

    Substitutes: 16 Sithembiso Sithole 17 Martin Bezuidenhout 18 Tom Botha 19 Schalk Oelofse 20 CJ Velleman 21 Kevin Luiters 22 Elgar Watts 23 Jaco van Tonder

    Chiefs

    15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Glen Fisiiahi, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Johan Bardoul, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Mitchell Graham

    Substitutes: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Atu Moli, 19 James Tucker, 20 Maama Vaipulu, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Anton Lienert-Brown, 23 Sam McNicol

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    Saturday, 17 February 2018
    • Stormers v Jaguares, Cape Town 15:05
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