Kings make pivotal changes for historic match

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:28

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Southern Kings coach Deon Davids made three changes to his side for the historic match against Ulster on Saturday.

The game will take place at Wolfson Stadium in KwazaKhele, the first Pro14 game taken into the townships.

The venue becomes the 42nd ground to host a Championship game and one where the Kings should feel much more at home.

A number of the Ulster players will be familiar with the Kings.

The Irish outfit's South African contingent includes prop Wiehahn Herbst and centre Louis Ludik.

Two of the alterations to the Kings' starting XV come in the backline - with Yaw Penxe moving to fullback in place of Masixole Banda.

Penxe's redeployment means that Michael Makase takes up a position on the right wing.

Oliver Zono is named at No.10 with, Martin du Toit unavailable due to injury.

In the pack hooker Stephan Coetzee comes in for captain Michael Willemse, while the second and back rows remain unchanged.

In Willemse's absence, Schalk Ferreira will captain the side.

Speaking ahead of the fixture with Ulster, Davids said the Kings have a responsibility to ensure that they "work hard" to get a win - which will be their first in the Pro14.

"We also want to create opportunities and grow the depth and experience in the squad," the coach said.

"The only way to do that is to work with guys in training and to expose them to these situations.

"We all want to win, and you get a bit impatient to see results. But I am very clear about where we are, what we need to do and what our challenges are."

* Meanwhile Craig Gilroy is set to make his 150th provincial appearance, after being named in Ulster's starting XV for the match.

Gilroy, who scored two tries on his senior debut against Cardiff Blues back in November 2010, has not featured for Les Kiss' side this season after picking up a back injury during pre-season.

Chris Henry will captain the team for the historic fixture and he will be joined in the back row by Sean Reidy and Matty Rea, who will be making his seventh appearance of the season.

Andy Warwick, John Andrew and Wiehahn Herbst make up the front row, while Kieran Treadwell, a member of Ireland's squad for the November Series, is paired with Al O'Connor in the second row.

John Cooney has recovered from injury to partner Christian Lealiifano at scrumhalf, with Darren Cave and Louis Ludik combining in midfield.

Gilroy is joined in the back three by Charles Piutau and Andrew Trimble, who became Ulster's most capped player a fortnight ago versus La Rochelle.

Scrumhalf Jonny Stewart - a debutant in the game against Leinster at the weekend - is named among the replacements along with fellow Abbey Insurance Academy player Adam McBurney (hooker).

Callum Black, Ross Kane, Robbie Diack and Clive Ross are the forwards in reserve, while Peter Nelson and Tommy Bowe are the additional backline options for Kiss.

Teams:

Southern Kings: 15 Yaw Penxe, 14 Michael Makase, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Oliver Zono, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Jurie van Vuuren, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Bobby de Wee, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Tango Balekile, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Lindokuhle Welemu, 20 Dries van Schalkwyk, 21 Rowan Gouws, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Jarryd Sage.

Ulster: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Darren Cave, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 John Cooney, 8 Sean Reidy, 7 Chris Henry (captain), 6 Matty Rea, 5 Alan O'Connor, 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 John Andrew, 1 Andy Warwick.
Replacements: 16 Adam McBurney, 17 Callum Black, 18 Ross Kane, 19 Robbie Diack, 20 Clive Ross, 21 Jonny Stewart, 22 Peter Nelson, 23 Tommy Bowe.

Date: Saturday, November 4
Venue: Wolfson Stadium, KwazaKhele
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 UK time, 13.00 GMT)
Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Ben Crouse (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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