Injury cloud dims Kings' trip
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.