Van der Linde adds strength to the EP Kings
Eastern Province Kings coach, Carlos Spencer, is hoping that Springboks prop CJ van der Linde will help them beat the Vodacom Blue Bulls in their forthcoming Currie Cup match, set for Friday at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Van der Linde, who has played 75 matches for the Springboks, will be replacing Tom Botha in Friday’s game, with Spencer saying that he will be adding some strength to the team’s front row.
“CJ will add some stability up front and we have gone for a 5-2 split (five forwards, two backs) in our replacements," said Spencer.
"We have included two props on the bench as CJ will probably not go the full 80 minutes."
After a long layoff due to injury, van der Linde made his return against the Western Province last weekend.
Spencer has said he wants to work on the King’s scrum tactics for the Bulls game, as they were penalised last weekend against the Stormers.
The Kings coach has made a few other changes to the team for Friday’s game.
Gary van Aswegen has returned from a groin injury and will be replacing George Whitehead as flyhalf, while Paul Schoeman will replace Aidon Davis as eighthman.
Devin Oosthuizen who is also back from injury, returns as flank and Shane Gates will be back as inside centre.
"We have included Devin in the hope that he can up the work-rate in the loose forward department, and he also deserves an opportunity after an injury," Spencer added.
"Likewise, we have also included Darron Nell on the bench to add some experience and physicality during the game. Shane Gates has had a bit of a rest with a week off, so we have put him back at inside centre."
EP Kings team:
Lizo Gqoboka, Edgar Marutlulle, CJ van der Linde, David Bulbring, Steven Sykes (captain), Shaun McDonald, Devin Oosthuizen, Paul Schoeman, Kevin Luiters, Gary van Aswegen, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Shane Gates, Tim Whitehead, Ronnie Cooke, Scott van Breda.
Mike van Vuuren, Simon Kerrod, BG Uys, Darron Nell, Stefan Willemse, Tobie Botes, Ntabeni Dukisa.
Photo courtesy of www.ofm.co.za
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