Injury cloud dims Kings' trip

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:46
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SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Southern Kings are forced to face their biggest Pro14 test without first-choice pivot Kurt Coleman.

The former Stormers flyhalf has not recovered from injury and will miss the Kings match against the unbeaten Glasgow Warriors on Friday at the Scotstoun Stadium.

Aside from Coleman, the other notable absentee amongst the travellers is wing Sibusiso Sithole who is likely to be out for a lengthy spell following surgery to a serious knee injury that he sustained in the Kings' last fixture against Benetton.

Also missing from the backline that did duty against Benetton is flyhalf Pieter-Steyn De Wet whilst changes amongst the pack see prop Entienne Swanepoel and loose forward Dries van Schalkwyk drop out. The latter is unavailable due to personal reasons.

In place of these Davids has called up new front row signing Mzamo Majola while there is also a recall for hooker Stephan Coetzee. Loose forward Ruaan Lerm gets the nod again, as does scrumhalf Rowan Gouws. Highly-rated wing Yaw Penxe also makes a welcome return to the squad whilst place is also found for new flyhalf Martin Du Toit – recently signed from South Western District Eagles.

Southern Kings captain Michael Willemse said that he and the team appreciated the few weeks break they’ve been afforded since the match against Benetton.

"We have not only been able to get over a few knocks and niggles but also had a chance to focus on a few things that our lack of pre-season preparation had not made possible. After six weeks of really hard rugby I think the break came as a blessing for us," he said.

Coach David’s acknowledged that a stern test awaited his team in Glasgow.

"The Warriors play a high-tempo game and like taking on an unstructured defence so we need to make sure we are well- organised.

"It is also important for us to play the game in the right areas and to take our opportunities when we have quality ball. That is something we have spent a lot of time on during the past few weeks," he added.

The match against Glasgow Warriors will be played on an artificial surface but Davids did not feel this would influence proceedings too much.

"We trained on artificial surfaces in Wales and Ireland and it really was not that different. It helps improve the setpieces and to build continuity I think but can get rather slippery when it rains. It will be the same for both sides," he said.

Davids will announce his match day 23 on Thursday.

Kings: Schalk Ferreira, Mzamo Majola, Michael Willemse, Tango Balekile, Stephan Coetzee, Rossouw De Klerk, Martin Dreyer, Stephan Greeff, Lubabalo Mtyanda, Andisa Ntsila, Jurie Van Vuuren, Ruaan Lerm, Bobby De Wee, Rowan Gouws, Rudi Van Rooyen, Godlen Masimla, Alshaun Bock, Berton Klaasen, Luzuko Vulindlu, Yaw Penxe, Masixole Banda, Jacques Nel, Oliver Zono, Khaya Majola, Martin Du Toit.


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Fri, 23 March 2018
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 16 13 1 2 65
Munster 17 10 0 7 54
Cheetahs 17 9 0 8 47
Cardiff Blues 17 9 0 8 42
Connacht 17 6 0 11 33
Ospreys 16 6 0 10 30
Zebre 16 4 0 12 22
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 17 13 1 3 64
Scarlets 17 12 1 4 61
Edinburgh 17 12 0 5 55
Ulster 16 9 1 6 46
Treviso 17 8 0 9 40
Dragons 17 2 2 13 17
Kings 17 1 0 16 9