The Isuzu Southern Kings named their team to take on Ulster Rugby ahead of their Guinness PRO14 Round 18 clash at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday, March 23.
Deon Davids, the side’s head coach, has opted for consistency as he made only a few changes to the team that last ran out for the Isuzu Southern Kings when they took on Cardiff Blues in Wales earlier in this month.
No8 Ruaan Lerm, who missed out on the action against Cardiff Blues due to a concussion, is back in the starting lineup as he takes the place of Andisa Ntsila, who will provide loose-forward cover from the bench this week.
The only other change is at scrumhalf where Stefan Ungerer returns to the starting XV, replacing the injured Sarel Pretorius, who has been left behind in South Africa.
The only new addition to the match-day 23 is the return of Harlon Klaasen to the team. The centre will provide midfield cover from the bench, in a rotational switch with Berton Klaasen, who has been rested this week.
The Isuzu Southern Kings have been hard at work the past two weeks preparing for what promises to be a thrilling encounter against the Irish side in what is expected to be wet weather conditions.
“We are expecting rainy and muddy conditions over in Belfast. It is very cold this time of the season in Ireland. So, underfoot it will be a bit slippery which will make the conditions a bit challenging,” said Davids.
“Looking back at our last tour, we will have to revisit how we approach it – the way we play our rugby in our back 50, and what we want to achieve in our front 50. I think the guys are starting to understand the importance of having a good mindset and minimising our mistakes.”
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