The final match of the first full weekend of Super Rugby takes us to the start of a new chapter in Super Rugby as the Kings play their first game of Super Rugby at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
The Kings may have not had the best preseason in terms of losses to smaller teams and player injuries, but tonight is when they have to do the talking, when they take on the Force in what should be an interesting encounter.
The Force come off a loss to the Brumbies last weekend, and will want to take full advantage of the new franchise in the series, a position they were in just 5 years ago. The Force team named to play is one of their strongest, and the Kings will have to take special care of flyer Alfi Mafi.
Kings: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8. Luke Watson (c), 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. Cornell du Preez, 5. Steven Sykes, 4 David Bulbring, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira
Replacements : 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jaco Engels, 18 Daniel Adongo, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Johan Herbst, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Hadleigh Parkes
Western Force 1. Pek Cowan,2. Nathan Charles,3. Tetera Faulkner,4. Sam Wykes,5. Hugh McMeniman,6. Angus Cottrell,7. Matt Hodgson (c),8. Ben McCalman,9. Alby Mathewson,10. Sam Christie,11. Alfie Mafi,12. Kyle Godwin,13. Winston Stanley ,14. Nick Cummins,15. Will Tupou
Replacements :16. Heath Tessmann,17. Kieran Longbottom,18. Toby Lynn,19. Richard Brown,20. Chris Alcock,21. Mick Snowden,22. Junior RasoleaTweet