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    Reds coach: Kings are dangerous

    2017-04-13 15:01

    Cape Town - It has been a tough week for the Kings. 

    On tour in Australia, they fell just short against the Western Force in Perth on Sunday when they lost 46-41.

    Then, just minutes after the end of that match, they learned that SANZAAR had ruled that three sides - two South African - would be cut from next year's Super Rugby competition. 

    With financial woes having plagued the Kings in recent seasons and with results still not going their way, the Port Elizabeth-based franchise is expected to be first on the chopping block when the cull is made official. 

    But Reds coach Nick Stiles has seen enough from the Kings this year to know that his side will be up against it in this Saturday's clash in Brisbane. 

    "It doesn't matter who we play this weekend, there is no way our team could even think about rocking up with complacency," Stiles told media on Thursday.

    "If you watch that second half against the Western Force you see how dangerous the Kings can be.

    "They're very quick, they like putting little kicks in behind the line and with their speed they can chase them down and turn nothing into something."

    The Kings go into the match having won one from six so far this season while the Reds have won one from seven. 

    Kick-off on Saturday is at 07:05.

    Teams:

    Reds

    15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Sef Fa’agase.

    Substitutes: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Chris Kuridrani

    Kings

    15 Masixole Banda, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje (captain), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Mzwanele Zito, 3 Justin Forwood, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Chris Heiberg

    Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Irne Herbst, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Wandile Mjekevu, 23 Pieter-Steyn de Wet

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    Friday, 28 February 2020
    • Highlanders v Rebels, Forsyth Barr Stadium 08:05
    • Waratahs v Lions, Bankwest Stadium 10:15
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