The real Kings step out
The Southern Kings will bring out their big guns for the first time when they play Griquas in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
The Southern Kings will bring out their big guns for the first time when they play Griquas in a pre-season friendly in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
As this website revealed at the weekend, Luke Watson will play his first match in almost five months when he captains the side.
The Kings will also field most of their imports - Ronnie Cooke and Andries Strauss combining in the midfield, Demetri Catrakilis starting at flyhalf, Steve Sykes at lock and Springbok Bandise Maku at hooker.
Other imports who will feature on an extended bench include Edgar Marutlulle, Daniel Adongo, Nicolas Vergallo and Hadleigh Parkes.
Southern Kings: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Siyanda Grey, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornel du Preez , 5 Steve Sykes, 4 David Bulbring, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements - from: Edgar Marutlulle, BG Uys, Jaco Engels, Daniel Adongo, Devin Oosthuizen, Nicolas Vergallo, George Whitehead, Hadleigh Parkes, Marcello Sampson, Johan Herbst.
Date: Wednesday, February 13
Venue: NMB Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Marius Jonker