Article Published: Tuesday 28 January 2014
Edited by: Rugbyweek.com.
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Southern Kings coach Robbi Kempson is hoping the experience and bulk of prop Charl du Plessis will help their scrumming performance when they take on the Lions in a Super Rugby warm-up match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
In their opening friendly against the Cheetahs last week, which the Kings lost 36-21, Kempson was not impressed with the pressure placed on the home forwards and was planning for a better showing against the Lions.
“The scrums did not go as I would have liked against the Cheetahs,” Kempson said on Tuesday.
“We were under pressure the whole game and I feel we should have had them under more pressure.
“We have been working on those issues with the scrumming machine and hopefully we can sort them out against the Lions.
“Charl brings a bit more experience to the front row and more bulk.”
Du Plessis returns after a lengthy layoff through injury and replaces Pieter Stemmet, who drops to a Vodacom Cup squad which will play Community Cup champions GAP Despatch in the curtain-raiser.
The only other change to the side sees Shane Gates getting a start at inside centre in place of Dwayne Jenner, who is on the bench.
Jenner, however, is on standby for outside centre Ronnie Cooke, who took a knock to the
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