New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has made one change to his side to face Southern Kings at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, with Peter Betham replacing Tom Kingston on the left wing. Kingston, meanwhile, was named on an eight-man bench that will be reduced to the final seven replacements later in the week.
“I’m just keeping it turning around at the moment,” Cheika told Sydney Morning Herald of his decision to name Betham and Cam Crawford as his wingers in the back three with Israel Folau in Port Elizabeth.
“I think the boys have different skill sets so we’re trying to run it according to the games that we’ve got. I think they’re very equal the two lads [Betham and Kingston, who started against the Bulls]. I think Peter has shown that he is probably a bit more direct in the way he plays; Tom is more of a finisher and he works really hard behind the ball, so it’s horses for courses.”
The Waratahs have not previously played the Kings, but the Port Elizabeth-based side have already defeated Australian Super Rugby sides Western Force and Melbourne Rebels, and drawn with the Brumbies, and New South Wales assistant coach Alan Gaffney said his players knew they had a battle on their hands.
“The Kings have a hard-working forward pack and they’re coached by Alan Solomons,