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Cronje returns to Kings Park


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Super Rugby on 16 Mar 2017 at 14:04
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The Kings have named a team to face the Sharks this weekend containing five changes from the unit that went down to the Stormers in their previous fixture. Flyhalf Lionel Cronje, a man who is no stranger to Durban having played for the Sharks in Super Rugby two years ago, will spearhead the challenge and look to get one over younger rival Ben Janse van Rensburg.

Apart from Cronje, the only other Kings players with Sharks experience are flanker Chris Cloete, who played his age-group rugby in the black and white and of course centre Waylon Murray. This is a rather unusual situation for the Kings, who have leaned heavily on players from Durban over the last few years as they’ve battled to establish themselves in Super Rugby.

Two changes up front see former WP junior Wilhelm van der Sluys start at lock, while Andisa Ntsila comes in at blindside flank for Thembelani Bholi. I’m not sure if the stats are accurate, but one feels that, at just around six foot and 100kg, Ntsila is likely to have his work cut out for him against the juggernaut Sharks back row.

At the back, Louis Schreuder returns at scrumhalf after a spell out with concussion, while Wandile Mjekevu drops out for the same reason, replaced at 13 by Berton Klaassen. The final change sees veteran winger Alshaun Bock – who did some damage against the Sharks least year in Griquas colours – make a long awaited Super Rugby debut, in the number 11 jersey. Bock is 34 years old and earns his first cap; opposite number Odwa Ndungane is 36 and will play Super Rugby for the 142nd time.

It is interesting to note just how much of a factor concussion seems to be amongst Kings players at the moment. Rumours that this is caused by players slapping themselves on the forehead after each try they conceded are completely unfounded.

Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Kurt Haupt, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Justin Forwood, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Johann Tromp



15 Comments

  • I have a feeling the Kings coach is going to print out that last paragraph and stick it up in the changeroom to serve as motivation for this coming game :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.03.17 14:11:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : sorry – couldn’t resist :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.03.17 14:15:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Waylon was such a disappointment to me, such a good schoolboy and junior player,had a wonderful connection with Brad Barrit.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.03.17 16:24:56 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : that’s very nasty Rob!!!! Funny as hell but very nasty!!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.03.17 17:55:49 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 3) : yes a bit sad as he and Barrit was an awesome combination for the Sharks. Since Barrit left I do think Waylon suffered with more than his share of injuries (even worse than that kid that shall remain nameless on this site :roll: ) so that really hampered his career!

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.03.17 18:02:21 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 3) : @JD (Comment 5) : Golden players from the golden era of Sharks rugby

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.03.17 21:30:52 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 6) : for sure! Probably second best Sharks team/period with 1990-1996 being the the ultimate Sharks team/period!

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.03.17 22:24:37 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 7) : ummm – 1994?

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.03.17 22:34:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : what was wrong with 1994?

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.03.17 22:43:55 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 9) : terrible year for us. We came 5/6 in Currie Cup

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.03.17 23:02:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : but yet played in Super rugby final so not all bad.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.03.17 23:16:18 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 11) : ja actually that’s a good point. So it was the second half of 1994 that was bad :) Ok, nevermind.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.03.17 23:31:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • Chris Cloete just stands out in that team, doesn’t he?

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.03.17 23:53:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : hahaha cup half full, year half good what ever Sharks for life!

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.03.17 23:54:39 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 13) : actually there’s a couple of ok players. Just look at how Cronje is playing.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.03.17 23:57:58 by JD Reply
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