Kings lose solid Buys

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 09:37
Kevin is replaced by Grant Kemp in the starting XV

The Kings have been forced to make a late change to their front row to face the Stormers with Kevin Buys pulling out due to injury.

The tighthead prop will be replaced in the starting line-up by Grant Kemp, with Charl du Plessis taking Kemp's place on the replacements bench.

Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons said Buys has been withdrawn from the team due to concerns over his back following a knock he took during the game against the Bulls on Saturday.

"Kevin took a knock to the back during the game against the Bulls and is still not 100%," he said.

"Kevin is replaced by Grant Kemp in the starting XV, who moves up from the bench, with Charl du Plessis moving onto the bench for his debut Super Rugby game," he said.

Southern Kings: 15 SP Marais, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss (captain), 11 Michael Killian, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Darron Nell, 3 Grant Kemp, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Charl du Plessis, 17 Hannes Franklin, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Devin Oosthuizen, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Shane Gates.

Date: Saturday, July 6
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 17.05 (15.05 GMT)
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)