Continuity the key for Kings

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:56
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Southern Kings coach Deon Davids made just one change to his starting XV for their first home game after their successful Australian tour.

The Kings take on the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday and will be eager to claim back-to-back victories while gaining momentum ahead of a bye next week.
 
In a rotational change, Davids has named Martin Bezuidenhout as the side's starting hooker - while Michael Willemse, who produced a star performance in last weekend's victory over the Waratahs in Sydney, will provide back-up on the bench this time around.
 
Stefaan Willemse will also return to the team on the bench as loose forward cover following an ankle injury to Ruaan Lerm.
 
The rest of the squad remains the same as the head coach hopes for consistency from his charges.
 
"It has been in our plans that for this game we will rotate Martin Bezuidenhout and Michael Willemse," Davids said.
 
"Michael also struggled a bit in the recovery from the last game. It's also a good thing to manage him well in this game. Ruaan Lerm could not pass a fitness test this morning, so Stefaan Willemse replaces him on the bench."

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Justin Forwood.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Mzwanele Zito, 20 Stefaan Willemse, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Nicolaas Hanekom, 23 Pieter-Steyn de Wet.

Date: Saturday, April 29
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 19.30 (17.30 GMT; 03.30, Sunday, April 30 AEST)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa)

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