Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids today announced his team to take on Italian side Benetton in a GUINNESSPRO14 encounter at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday and the return of Kurt Coleman and Godlen Masimla as halfback pairing along with two injury enforced replacements were the only changes made to the run-on XV that secured the franchise’s maiden victory in the championship last time out against the Dragons.
Martin Du Toit and Rowan Gouws move to the bench in order to accommodate Coleman and Masimla and, in the only other change to the backline, veteran Alshaun Bock takes over from the injured Anthony Volmink on the wing.
The single change made to the forward pack is injury enforced too – hooker and captain Michael Willemse damaged the medial ligament in his left knee during the match against the Dragons and, according to team doctor Lizanne Pieterse, is expected to be out of action for as long as eight weeks. His place in the starting XV is taken by Stephan Coetzee with Tango Balekile included as replacement hooker on the bench. Other changes amongst the replacements see Lubabalo Mtyanda and Lusando Badiyana selected in place of Lindokuhle Welemu and Dries Van Schalkwyk.
Commenting on the upcoming fixture Coach Davids said he was expecting a tough and physical encounter. “Benetton will have all their international players back for this game and will be keen to bounce back after having lost their last match but we