Kings strengthened for Durban
Coach Deon Davids has made five changes that mostly strengthen the Southern Kings team for their trip to Durban for their Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Cell C Sharks at the weekend.
Lock Wilhelm van der Sluys, recently recruited from English club rugby, will follow up his debut from the bench last week by making his first start for the Eastern Cape team, while Louis Schreuder is now over his injury suffered in Singapore recently and is back in the starting team at scrumhalf.
Tyler Paul drops to the bench to accommodate Van der Sluys. Davids has made a change to the back row, with Andisa Ntsila replacing Thembelani Bholi.
Apart from Schreuder returning, there are two other changes to the backline, with Berton Klaasen coming back at outside centre for the concussed Luzuko Vulindlu. Alshaun Bock will make his Super Rugby debut on the left wing at the ripe age of 34.
For Bock, it is a case of his ship coming in just at the right time.
“There were some difficult times which included a two-year break when I did not play any rugby. After SWD Eagles offered me a contract and then later Griquas, suddenly Super Rugby opportunities came. I take this opportunity with both hands,” Bock said.
In looking ahead to the Durban game, Davids repeated sentiments that he has expressed often over the past two seasons following the 41-10 defeat to the Stormers last week.
“There were aspects of our game last week where we did some good things, but there is also stuff that we need to tidy up,” Davids said.
“At times we do seem like we are losing against ourselves. We need to be more clinical, it’s all about executing better. It is important that we up our work ethic and do the work for 80 minutes.”
Southern Kings team: Masixole Banda, Makazole Mapimpi, Berton Klaasen, Waylon Murray, Alshaun Bock, Lionel Cronje, Louis Schreuder, Ruaan Lerm, Andisa Ntsila, Chris Cloete, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Irne Herbst, Ross Geldenhuys, Michael Willemse, Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements:Kurt Haupt, Schalk van der Merwe, Justin Forwood, Tyler Paul, Stefan Willemse, Johan Steyn, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, Johann Tromp