Kings aim to win against Pumas
The Eastern Province Kings have had to make several changes to their team’s front row, for their final Currie Cup match against the Steval Pumas at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday.
Props, CJ van der Linde, who has a toe injury and Charles Marais who broke his thumb, will be out of Friday’s game replaced by BG Uys and Simon Kerrod.
The Kings are currently sitting last on the log with only one point, with their forwards coach, Shaun Sowerby, saying that he wants his side to win their last game and not face a total series whitewash.
"CJ added a lot to the group with his skills and stature and Charles was scrumming well, so they will be a loss,” he said.
"But we have some young players who will be keen to take this opportunity and to do well so I don't believe we will have a problem up front."
Sowerby has also made a few other changes to his team, by pulling lock Darron Nell and fullback Scott van Breda off the bench as replacements for Steven Cummins and Ntabeni Dukisa. Siviwe Soyiswapi has been moved from fullback to wing.
Nell, who will be leading the Kings this weekend, has said that he knows the Pumas will be a tough team to beat.
"We know they will come out firing, but from our point of view we really want to end off well," he said.
"We want to pull off a win especially to thank the crowd who has been so supportive of us this season. We know what the Pumas will bring to the game, but we are not too worried about that. Rather we are focused on what can do and do that well.
"We don't dwell on the nine losses and are building on the positives we have from the last few weeks to make sure we put our game plan together."
15 Scott van Breda, 14 Ronnie Cooke, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Tobie Botes, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Devin Oosthuizen, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Darron Nell (captain), 3 BG Uys, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Simon Kerrod
16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Charl du Plessis, 18 Lizo Gqoboka, 19 Steven Cummins, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Jaco Grobler, 22 Ntabeni Dukisa
Photo caption: Darron Nell is hoping that his team will win their last game against the Pumas this Friday. Photo courtesy of www.rugby365.com
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