Senior Southern Kings players Luke Watson and Darron Nell will make their return from injury in the Vodacom Cup when the EP Kings take on the SWD Eagles on Friday.
Watson and Nell both missed out on the Australasian tour with the Southern Kings, and join EP Kings skipper Mpho Mbiyozo in the starting line-up for the clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Watson will play at No.8 and Nell will pack down at lock as both players target a return to Super Rugby action against the Bulls next week.
EP Kings head coach, David Maidza, said Watson and Nell’s return was a positive sign that they were getting ready to return to the Southern Kings line up when the team returned from tour.
“It’s a great opportunity for them to get some game time before the senior side comes back,” he said.
Maidza said the move also added some great experience to the forward pack ahead of what was expected to be a tough game.
“Since 2010 playing against SWD has always been a huge derby and we know they are up for the challenge,” he said.
Maidza said it was also vital that the team kept the momentum going following their win against Free State XV last weekend.
“The main thing is to concentrate on what we do best and how we play,” he said.
“We didn’t do ourselves any favours against the Pampas, Border or Western Province, we didn’t pitch up in the right mindset, but we’ve managed to turn that around during the Free State game and we now need to keep that momentum and push hard to keep the playoffs in sight,” he said.
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