If the Kings’ pre-season injury list is anything to go by, the men from the Bay should expect a pretty torrid time when their Super Rugby campaign proper kicks off later this month.
The side named to play the Lions this weekend – the supposed “grudge match” – contains neither captain Luke Watson, nor any of their other “big name” imports such as Demetri Catrikilis or Steven Sykes. In fact, the line-up contains hardly any players with any Super Rugby at all, with captain Darron Nell the exception.
I don’t think the Lions are going to get much “satisfaction” from beating this lot – but perhaps that was the plan all along.
15 Elric van Vuuren, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Wayne Stevens (vice captain), 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Siyanda Grey, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Johan Herbst,8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Mpho Mbiyozo, 6 Rynier Bernado,5 Darron Nell (captain), 4 Tomas Leonardi,3 Grant Kemp, 2 Boetie Britz, 1 Lizo Gqoboko
Replacements (from): Dane van der Westhuizen, Khwezi Mkhafu, Ross Gelbenhuys, Daniel Adongo, Thabo Mamojelle, Scott Mathie, George Whitehead and Scott van Breda