The second last match of the domestic season takes us to Port Elizabeth where the Kings have to overcome a 40 point deficit to win their way into the Currie Cup Premier Division at the expense of the Cheetahs, who look set to retain their spot in the upper division.
The Kings have their second in line captain in Darron Nell back, with regular captain Luke Watson still on the sidelines. In the backline, George Whitehead gets a start ahead of Wesley Dunlop, who pays for a poor game in Bloemfontein last weekend.
For the Cheetahs, Andries Strauss has played his last game and we will see him in Kings colours next year, with Philip Snyman coming into midfield. Hendro Scholtz is playing his last game ahead of his second shot at retirement, where he will be heading to Shimlas as forwards coach.
We are bound to see Adriaan Strauss play again this year in the Green and Gold, and with rumours doing the rounds that a young squad will tour, there might yet be a spot for young Raymond Rhule, but that is pure speculation.
Eastern Province Kings: 15 Michael Killian, 14 Norman Nelson, 13 Paul Perez, 12 Siyabonga Mangweni, 11 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Falie Oelschig, 8 Devin Oosthuizen, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Conraad Britz, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Darron Nell (captain), 3 Andre Schlechter, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 David Bullbring, 19 Mpho Mbiyozo, 20 Scott Mathie, 21 Wesley Dunlop, 22 Scott van Breda.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Hendrik Venter, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Barry Geel, 22 Nico Scheepers.Tweet