Last chance for Kings to impress

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings on 30 Jul 2014 at 08:05
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Steven Sykes and Ronnie Cooke will be making their return for the Kings, after missing a couple of warm-up matches due to injury, as they are set to face the Free State Cheetahs in their last warm-up match in Cradock on Friday.

The match against the Cheetahs will be the last opportunity for the players to impress the coaches and to secure a starting position, for when they face Western Province in this years opening match of the ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on the 8th of August.

EP Kings head coach Carlos Spencer has named eight new players in the starting line up and four more have received a starting position after being called up from the bench.

Up front Michael van Vuuren replaces Edgar Marutlulle at hooker, with Tom Botha replacing Charl du Plessis at tighthead. Lizo Gqoboka retains his spot at loosehead.

Steven Sykes, who is returning after recovering from a foot injury, will partner with David Bullbring with Steven Cummins moving to the bench.

Thembelani Bholi and Shaun McDonald will be replacing Paul Schoeman and Stefan Willemse respectively with Luke Watson replacing Aidon Davis to form the loose trio.

Amongst the back, Tobie Botes replaces Jaco Grobler, and George Whitehead rotates with Gary van Aswegen at flyhalf.

Siviwe Soyizwapi returns to the squad at left wing, while Sergeal Petersen moves across to right wing.

Shane Gates comes on at inside centre, while Ronnie Cooke returns at outside centre in place of Tim Whitehead who moves to the bench.

Scott van Breda takes up his familiar spot at fullback, in place of Ntabeni Dukisa, who also moves onto the bench.

Springbok prop CJ van der Linde will also be hoping to make his debut off the bench for the Kings against his old team.

Spencer said the mood in the camp was positive as the end of the pre-season drew near.

“We have had a tough week of training last week and it has been a long five months for some in terms of workload. We have put the hard work in and now it’s all about the business end of the season that starts next Friday night.”

“The guys are really looking forward to it, but we’ll get this week out of the way first, and then worry about Currie Cup next week,” he said.

The game will take place at the Cradock Sports Stadium and will kick off at 3pm. Tickets will be available at the gate at R20 for adults and R10 for Scholars.

EP Kings:

1 Lizo Gqoboka 2 Michael van Vuuren 3 Tom Botha 4 Steven Sykes 5 David Bulbring 6 Thembelani Bholi 7 Shaun McDonald 8 Luke Watson (c) 9 Tobie Botes 10 George Whithead 11 Siviwe Soyizwapi 12 Shane Gates 13 Ronnie Cooke 14 Sergeal Petersen 15 Scott van Breda


16 Edgar Marutlulle 17 CJ van der Linde 18 Charl du Plessis 19 Paul Schoeman 20 Stefan Willemse 21 Steven Cummins 22 Kevin Luiters 23 Jaco Grobler 24 Gary van Aswegen 25 Tim Whitehead 26 Ntabeni Dukisa


  • Bring on the CC!

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.07.14 10:04:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Surprised that Tim can not even get a starting spot, still rate him highly.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.07.14 10:22:04 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 2) : hes started two games, they just giving everyone a run, sure hell b in the starting xv

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.07.14 10:33:20 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Is Oosthuizen injured?? I wonder who their Loose Trio will be and their bench loosie?

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.07.14 10:54:20 by Chippa Reply

  • @stevovo (Comment 2) : @pierre_mackie (Comment 3) : must say I also rate Tim, he’s way better than the “reinforcements” that was signed!!!!! Sharks needs to get King Carlos as their backline coach!!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.07.14 22:58:52 by JD Reply
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