The Eastern Province Kings have made minimal changes to their side to face the Sharks XV at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Friday night. This will also be their final match of this years Vodacom Cup competition.
Both teams come off a win in their last game. The Sharks had an easy run in against the Tusker Simba XV in Cape Town, scoring 4 tries to none to beat them 40 – 3. The Eastern Province Kings had a much tougher encounter in Port Elizabeth against Boland, beating them 28 – 21.
Albe de Swardt will once again captain the side with Ntabeni Dukisa as vice captain.
Changes amongst the forwards sees Stefan Willemse moving from flank to lock, to replace Louis Fourie who fractured his cheekbone against Boland. Siphesihle Punguzwa will be coming up from the bench to start at lock.
The backline also sees two changes. Sergeal Petersen, who was named part of the Junior Springbok squad, will replace Ofentse Boloko on the left wing, with Malcolm Jaer replacing Masixole Banda at the back.
Eastern Province Kings coach, Mzwandile Stick said Jaer, who was still at Brandwag last year, would be given an opportunity to start in the final game of the season.
“I have always kept to my word, and have said that this competition is about giving the youngsters an opportunity to show what they are capable of.”
“I want them to give their best and run with the ball if the opportunities present themselves.”
“I want them to know that they can play at this level. They will be playing against a team that has already qualified (for the quarter finals) and it will be a tough game,” he said.
EP Kings:15 Malcom Jaer 14 Eben Barnard 13 Michael Bernardt 12 Andile Jho 11 Sergeal Petersen 10 Ntabeni Dukisa 9 Dwyne Kelly 8 Aidon Davis 7 Siphesihle Punguzwa 6 Thembelani Bholi 5 Cameron Lindsay 4 Stefan Willemse 3 Pieter Stemmet 2 Albe de Swardt (c) 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Reserves: 16 Dane van der Westhuyzen 17 Simon Kerrod 18 Tyler Paul 19 Ivan-John du Preez 20 Kayle van Zyl 21 Morne Hugo 22 Brian SkosanaTweet