It is all-change for the Kings

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:53
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Eastern Province Kings coach Barend Pieterse has rung the changes ahead of his team's Currie Cup encounter with the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

The starting XV shows seven changes from their last outing - a 25-57 loss to the Free State Cheetahs almost a fortnight ago.

Lungelo Gosa starts at fullback in place of Johann Tromp, while Burton Klaasen and Springbok Waylon Murray are the new centre combination in place of Johan Greyling and Berton Klaasen.

The other changes are all among the forwards.

Brandon Brown starts at flank in place of Ethienne Oosthuizen.

The entire front row has been revamped - Justin Forwood moving from loosehead to tighthead prop in place of Vukile Sofisa, Martin Bezuidenhout starting at hooker in place of Michael Willemse and Barend Potgieter coming in at loosehead prop.

Warrick Venter comes in on the bench as the replacement hooker, while Sofisa and Oosthuizen drop down to the bench.

Luke van der Smit, Vian van der Watt, Minenhle Mthethwa and Alcino Isaacs have also been added to the bench.

Eastern Province Kings: 15 Lungelo Gosa, 14 Siwivive Soyizwapi, 13 Burton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Pieter Steyn de Wet, 9 Ricky Schroeder (captain), 8 Christiaan de Bruin, 7 Brandon Brown, 6 Vincent Jhobo, 5 Sebastian Ferreira, 4 Dylan Pieterse, 3 Justin Forwood, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Barend Potgieter.
Replacements: 16 Warrick Venter, 17 Vukile Sofisa, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Luke van der Smit, 20 Vian van der Watt, 21 Minenhle Mthethwa, 22 Alcino Isaacs.

Date: Saturday, September 17
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Archie Sehlako
TMO: Willie Vos

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