Waratahs coach Michael Chieka has made one change to the team that lost to the Bulls for this weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.
The Head Coach has opted to give Peter Betham a start on the left wing, with Tom Kingston named on an eight-man bench that will be reduced to the final seven replacements later this week.
Also included in the squad is towering Sydney University lock Will Skelton who will be hoping to celebrate his 21st birthday tomorrow by making his NSW debut in Port Elizabeth the following day.
Super Rugby’s 2013 newcomers, the match will be the first meeting between the Waratahs and Southern Kings.
The Port Elizabeth-based side has already shown how dangerous it can be by beating the Rebels and Force and Waratahs Assistant Coach Alan Gaffney says the players know they have a battle on their hands.
“The Kings have a hard-working forward pack and they’re coached by Alan Solomons, a guy who’s been around the block a long, long time, having coached Ulster when I was with Munster, and Northampton in the early 2000s,” said Gaffney.
“He’s a very astute guy and he’s got a hard-working squad with a lot of pace and a strong kicking game – an extremely long and astute kicking game. You saw it against the Rebels, they had ability to kick the ball 65m on the fly – that’s a fair kick when you’re not at altitude!
“We have got to approach this game as a battle, but that’s no different to what we’ve been doing. The attitude in the squad is great, we don’t treat any game easier than the next game – you can’t in this competition. Over the years there have been too many examples of what can happen if you don’t pay everyone the respect they deserve. We won’t make that mistake this weekend.”
1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Sitaleki Timani , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c) , 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Brendan McKibbin , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Peter Betham , 12. Rob Horne , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Cam Crawford , 15. Israel Folau
Replacements : 16 John Ulugia ,17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Will Skelton ,19. Mitchell Chapman , 20..Pat McCutcheon ,21. Matt Lucas ,22. Ben Volavola,23.Tom Kingston
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