The Eastern Province Kings team that will take on the Xerox Golden Lions at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this weekend was announced today.
Head Coach Carlos Spencer said they had not yet finalised who the captain would be, what with Luke Watson who is expected to be out for the next four weeks following a concussion sustained during the game between the EP Kings and the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Loftus on Saturday. Aidon Davis would take up Watson’s spot at 8th man on Saturday.
Spencer said BG Uys came in for Lizo Gqoboka, who was being rested following a long three games.
“[Lizo’s] gone through quite a high workload in terms of pre season and the last few weeks and BG has been working hard and deserves this opportunity,” he said.
Spencer also announced that Gary van Aswegen would sit the game out as he had been battling with a groin injury for the last two or three weeks and it was important to manage him and allow him to recover.
Tim Whitehead, who had sustained a knock to the knee on Saturday, had made a huge improvement over the past few days and Spencer said they would make a call on his availability tomorrow morning.
“If he doesn’t come through Ronnie Cooke will move to Centre, with Siyanda Grey moving to wing, from the bench,” he said.
Spencer said he felt the players had come a long way since their game against the Lions at Ellis Park.
I definitely believe [we can turn it around] I thought we made huge strides on the weekend [against the Bulls] and thought we made a huge step up,” he said.
“We do realise it is going to be a challenge but the guys are looking forward to it. It’s just a matter of carrying what we did last week into this week and improving another 5 or 10%,” he said.
EP Kings Team:
- Starting Lineup: 1. BG Uys, 2. Edgar Marutlulle, 3. Tom Botha, 4. David Bulbring, 5. Steven Sykes, 6. Thembelani Bholi, 7. Paul Schoeman, 8. Aidon Davis, 9. Kevin Luiters, 10. George Whitehead, 11. Siviwe Soyizwapi, 12. Shane Gates, 13. Tim Whitehead / Ronnie Cooke, 14. Ronnie Cooke / Siyanda Grey, 15. Scott van Breda
- Replacements: 16. Mike van Vuuren, 17. Charles Marais, 18. Shaun McDonald, 19. Stefan Willemse, 20. Tobie Botes, 21. Siyanda Grey / Dwayne Jenner, 22. Ntabeni Dukisa
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