A somewhat changed Southern Kings team will take to the field against the DHL Stormers under the leadership of Steven Sykes on Friday evening, says caretaker coach, Robbi Kempson.
Announcing the team at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this afternoon, Kempson said Sykes would take the role of captain this week, following an injury to Darron Nell’s elbow that has resulted in him being excluded from selection.
“Brendon Olivier comes up to replace BG Uys, who won’t be playing as he is getting married, while Dane van der Westhuysen has dislocated his elbow, so Albé (de Swardt) comes back in after recovering from his rib injury,” he said.
Kempson said it was not clear how serious Van Der westhuysen’s injury was, or how long he would be out for, as they were still waiting for feedback from the specialist.
Kempson said Stephan Zaayman would come up from the bench to take Nell’s place at flank
“Carlos (Spencer) has decided to go with a different variation on the back line as he wants to see what he has out there,” he said.
Kempson said as such a number of rotations had come into effect, with Sonwabo Majola in at scrumhalf in place of Jaco Grobler, Eben Barnard came up in place of Michael Killian on wing, and Dwayne Jenner replaced Ronnie Cooke at outside centre.
Kempson said Sergeal Petersen, who had taken a slight knock to the knee during the Lions game, was ready and would remain in the starting 15 at wing, with Shakes Soyizwapi once again taking up position at fullback.
Kempson said the Kings would once again be playing with an extended team of 26 players, to allow more players to get game time, including youngsters such as Kevin Kaba and Tyler Paul.
Kempson said the game against the Stormers would prove challenging, what with the Kings playing their third big match in a row and with the loss of some players to injury.
“I think the Stormers are a different kettle of fish completely. They’re a thoroughly professional outfit and they have a strength and depth that most provinces don’t have, so I think that, for us, it is going to be a very competitive game,” he said.
“The team is looking to go out and give them a very good go and a run for their money, we’re not here to just make up the numbers,” he said.
The Southern Kings will play against the DHL Stormers at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday, 7 February at 7pm. Tickets are available via Computicket and the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium ticketing office at just R50 per ticket. The game will not be televised.
The Southern Kings team
1. Brendon Olivier
2. Albé de Swardt
3. Charl du Plessis
4. Steven Sykes (Captain)
5. Rynier Bernardo
6. Paul Schoeman
7. Stephan Zaayman
8. Devon Oosthuizen
9. Sonwabo Majola
10. George Whitehead(Vice Captain)
11. Eben Barnard
12. Shane Gates
13. Dwayne Jenner
14. Sergeal Petersen
15. Siviwe Soyizwapi
16. JC Oberholzer
17. Lizo Gqoboka
18. Pieter Stemmet
19. Stephan Greeff
20. Thembelani Bholi
21. Kevin Kaba
22. Tyler Paul
23. Jaco Grobler
24. Ronnie Cooke
25. Michael Killian
26. Brian Skosana
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