Watson to make long-awaited return

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content on 18 Jun 2014 at 09:07
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Luke Watson will make his return to the playing field after injury has kept him on the side line for the better part of the last two seasons.

Watson has been included in Carlos Spencer’s starting lineup which will face the Bulls XV at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday night.

Watson said he was looking forward to being back after a long injury stint, wherein he had six screws and a metal plate placed in his foot following a previously misdiagnosed fracture.

“It has been a long process and a bit of a frustrating one. I am very excited. It is still going to be a process building to Currie Cup as the foot adjusts to the work load.”

Spencer has made a few changes to his side that lost 32 – 12 to Wales last week.

“I think it is important that we give everyone game time in the first two or three games, there are a lot of changes but it is important that we get a look at everyone.

“It’s all about building confidence as a team, although we have got a lot of changes its no excuse in terms of where we want to head. We were reasonably happy with the performance against Wales but we still have a lot of work to do.

“We have to keep things simple for now. The disappointing things that came out of the Wales game includes the amount of individual missed tackles, our ball retention and a little bit around our cleanout as well. We’ve worked a bit on this during the week to make sure we get those right on Friday night,” said Spencer.

Changes amongst the forwards includes Simon Kerrod replacing Charl du Plessis, who is recovering from a neck strain he picked up against the Wales game. BG Uys replaces Lizo Gqoboka at loosehead prop, while Steven Cummins replaces Darron Nell at lock.

Paul Schoeman will be moving to the flank to make way for the returning Watson at the back of the scrum. Watson will also captain the side.

Amongst the backs, Jaco Grobler replaces Kevin Luiters at scrumhalf. Ntabeni Dukisa coming in at wing in place of Scott van Breda who moves to fullback in place of Hansie Graaff who shifts to the bench.

Tim Whitehead will also be making his first appearance for the Kings at outside centre in the place of Ronnie Cooke, with Dwayne Jenner playing inside replacing Shane Gates, who moves to the bench.

Spencer said he expected the game to be a challenge for the players as there was a lot of competition around securing spots in the upcoming Currie Cup.

“I have told every player that no place is certain and everyone has an opportunity and a chance to make the starting fifteen come Currie Cup, they all know that and a few have the opportunity this week.

“The Bulls are the Bulls regardless of which team they bring here. Some of the youngsters they’re bringing will also be looking at securing a spot come Currie Cup,” he said.

Watson added, “It’s an exciting time, we have a lot of youngsters coming in and with Carlos, who is one of the most exciting rugby players the world has ever seen, and with him heading it up it’s an exciting time to be involved in the Kings,”

“One of our biggest strengths is that there is an unknown element, there is a bit of mystery surrounding what we’re going to bring and the sort of rugby we’re going to play,” he said.

Kick off will be at 7pm.

The Kings:

1 BG Uys 2 Edgar Marutlulle 3 Simon Kerrod 4 Steven Cummins 5 Cameron Lindsay 6 Themelani Bholi 7 Paul Schoeman 8 Luke Watson (c) 9 Jaco Grobler 10 George Whitehead 11 Ntabeni Dukisa 12 Dwayne Jenner 13 Tim Whitehead 14 Siviwe Soyizwapi 15 Scott van Breda


16 Dane van der Westhuizen 17 Brendon Oliver 18 Tom Botha 19 Darron Nell 20 Devin Oosthuizen 21 Kevin Luiters 22 Shane Gates 23 Hansie Graaff


  • Kerrod, Watson, Jenner, T Whitehead, Botha, Graaff….

    Man, we certainly do spread the talent.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.06.14 09:10:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • You took the words right out of my mouth Rob! Is Sykes still there?

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.06.14 09:19:27 by Caratacus Reply

  • Not a bad team. Wonder how the Bulls team will look?!

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.06.14 09:40:27 by JD Reply
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  • @Caratacus (Comment 2) : as far as I know

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.06.14 09:47:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Isn’t Dukisa normally a flyhalf? Or am I thinking of the wrong player?

    Useful looking team. Let’s see what they can do. I’m excited to see Carlos’ influence on the team.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.06.14 10:02:14 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 5) : yeah – he’s the oke that made us look so bloody stupid in Vodacom Cup this year. Wearing 10 for the Kings.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.06.14 10:17:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Thanks Rob. I actually missed that game. I wonder if we’ll see him there during the Currie Cup. He looked useful when I saw him there last year.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.06.14 10:23:45 by StevieS Reply
  • @Caratacus (Comment 2) : Sykes has a foot injury

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.06.14 13:33:48 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • I’m confused

    How can the Bulls be playing against both EP (Friday) and Namibia (Saturday)?

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.06.14 11:20:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Two teams

    Bulls squad for Namibia game: Bandise Maku, Basil Short, Bjorn Basson, Bongi Mbonambi, Burger Odendaal, Christiaan de Bruin, Clyde Davids, Marvin Orie, Grant Hattingh, Jacques du Plessis, Jacques Engelbrecht, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Jono Ross (captain), Jurgen Visser, Morné Mellett, Paul Willemse, Piet van Zyl, Rudy Paige, Roelof Smit, Ryan Nell, Ulrich Beyers, Werner Kruger, William Small-Smith, Sampie Mastriet, Travis Ismaiel, Juan Schoeman

    * Meanwhile, the Blue Bulls squad to play the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday has also been named.

    The team is:

    Backs: Jacques Rossouw, Kefense Mahlo, Jade Stigling, Leighton van Wyk, Marquite September, Kobus Marais, Carlo Engelbrecht, Andrè Warner, Joshua Stander, Ganfried May

    Forwards: Ruan Steenkamp (captain), Corne Cooper, Chris Massyn, Irne Herbst, Schalk van Heerden, Neetling Fouchè, Jan Enslin, Justin Forwood, Sidney Tobias, Andrew Beerwinkel, Johan Bannink, Jason Jenkins, Carel Swart

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.06.14 11:30:26 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 10) : Bulls are sending an u19 squad to play EP?

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.06.14 11:59:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : must say it’s a bit of an insult to the Kings, why not just sent a school boy side?!?!

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.06.14 20:33:53 by JD Reply
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