Port Elizabeth - Southern Kings head coach Deon Davids has
announced a 25-man touring squad for their trip to Argentina this weekend.
The squad includes Edgar Marutlulle and Sti Sithole, both of
whom missed out on the match against the Lions last week due to injury. Stefan
Willemse, who has played at both lock and flank, is also part of the touring
squad, along with No 8, Aidon Davis.
Davids also announced that backline players Elgar Watts and
Jaco van Tonder would be part of the touring squad.
"At fullback we have Jaco van Tonder, we know he can
play at 15 and hasn't had a chance to start there yet this year, and Leighton
Eksteen, who can come in as a backup," he said.
"We felt that, at this point of time, we want to give
Jaco a chance and see how he is doing," he said.
Davids said Jurgen Visser had been training really well and
would most likely return to the structures going forward.
"He is kicking well and brings a lot of experience to
the team, so we will be looking at him going forward," he said.
Davids said the loss of Malcolm Jaer and how it affected the
squad selection showed what impact he had had on the team.
"We gave him an opportunity at fullback this past week,
and he did some good things, but going forward, at this point of time, he has proven
himself at wing," Davids said.
"He has been good under the high ball and good with
ball in hand, but he is now not available for six weeks so we have to look at
other options," he said.
Davids said the team had discussed the poor performance
against the Lions.
"There's an understanding that some of the things that
happened are unacceptable. This is a high performance environment. It's not all
about the score, it’s about what you do on the field, how you hold yourself
accountable for your role and responsibilities," he said.
Davids said the team was expecting a tough competition on
"They have a good forward pack and will definitely come
at us with driving mauls. They're an internationally experienced side, they
love ball in hand, they love using the width of the field and love a quick
"We will just have to be very alert and very aware of
what is happening in front of us and will have to work very hard within our
structures and systems," he said.
Davids said the team would be announced on Friday, after
arrival in Argentina.
Saturday's game is scheduled for 23:40 (SA time).
Kings touring squad:
Schalk Ferreira, Jacobie Adriaanse, Sithembiso (Sti)
Sithole, Tom Botha, Justin Ackerman, Edgar Marutlulle, Martin Bezuidenhout,
Martin Ferreira, Steven Sykes (captain), John-Charles (JC) Astle, Elgar Watts,
Chris Cloete, Cyril-John (CJ) Velleman, Thembelani Bholi, Louis Fouche, Ntando
Kebe, Leighton Eksteen, Stefan Willemse, Shane
Gates, Stefan Watermeyer, Aidon Davis, Luzuko Vulindlu, Jaco van Tonder,
James Hall, Lukhanyo Am