Spencer shows faith in his Kings

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Currie Cup, EP Kings, Original Content on 12 Aug 2014 at 15:47
Tagged with : , , , , ,

Eastern Province Kings Head Coach, Carlos Spencer has made one change to his match day 22 to face the Xerox Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Spencer has shown faith in his side that lost 35 – 16 to Western Province at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.

Steven Sykes comes in on the bench to replace Darron Nell in the no18 jersey. Spencer explained the reason for Sykes missing the opener was due to a lack of game time, as a foot injury early in the pre season has limited him to only 40 minutes on the field in the last 3 months.

Spencer said the team was looking forward to the game against the Lions on Saturday.

“They are probably not as physical (as Western Province) but they’re more of ball players and their work rate is high. They get around the pitch, not only defensively but with ball in hand as well,” he said.

Spencer also said he wasn’t disappointed in the team following last week’s defeat by DHL Western Province.

“I believe anyone can beat anyone on the day. I believe some of them had first day game jitters last week, so hopefully they have gotten those out of the way, that is why we have decided to stick to the same starting fifteen and haven’t made any changes.”

“We’re showing our faith and our confidence in this group to do the job this week,” he said.

EP Kings:

1 Lizo Gqoboka 2 Edgar Marutlulle 3 Tom Botha 4 Steven Cummings 5 David Bulbring 6 Thembelani Bholi 7 Stefan Willemse 8 Luke Watson (c) 9 Tobie Botes 10 Gary van Aswegen 11 Siviwe Soyizwapi 12 Shane Gates 13 Tim Whitehead 14 Ronnie Cooke 15 Scott van Breda


16 Albe de Swardt 17 CJ van der Linde 18 Steven Sykes 19 Aidon Davis 20 Kevin Luiters 21 George Whitehead 22 Ntabeni Dukisa


  • Hope the do better this week but the Lions will be a hard team to beat.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.08.14 16:03:17 by JD Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld JD
  • Should be a good game this. A rivalry has been forced upon these two teams and it will be interesting to see how it goes now that neither team are playing for their survival. Both will have a point to prove no doubt. Baltimore and Cleveland share a somewhat similar rivalry in the NFL.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.08.14 17:48:27 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld vanmartin
  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : ja but I do think the Kings will have a tough time playing in Jozie.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.08.14 18:08:38 by JD Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld JD
  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : game will not be televised, r you going to the game?

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.08.14 20:27:22 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @JD (Comment 3) : true JD it will b an impossible task, but then again so was last year’s promotion/relegation and they beat the Lions infront of a full house.

    Lions have all the momentun and everything to play for, early contenders for the Cup.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.08.14 20:41:34 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 5) : ja but I do think the Lions is a better team this year. I think the Kings will need a bit of time to perform and next year the Kings should be more competitive but that said with King Carlos is charge anything can happen.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.08.14 20:54:56 by JD Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld JD
  • @JD (Comment 6) : yes agree with you, cant expect too much from them this year, if they can retain their players and maybe a few new signings and players coming through the ranks they could b a force next year as they prepare for SR 2016

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.08.14 22:23:37 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 4) : Cutting it too close to the Bok game later on that afternoon otherwise I probably would have. Any excuse to visit Ellis Park really, love that stadium.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.08.14 23:23:36 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld vanmartin
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 7) :

    That is if the Bull Bulls , sharks and stormers dont go shopping again …

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.08.14 07:36:07 by Zibbie Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Zibbie
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 4) : To be honest i think its shocking that the game isnt televised! SARU want the game to be promoted in the Eastern Cape but then dont televise the Kings games…all CC games should be televised!

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.08.14 08:29:13 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : Agreed

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.08.14 09:06:46 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld vanmartin
  • How do they not televise the biggest grudge match in modern day CC 😕

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.08.14 09:20:27 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • I really do not understand why this game is not on tv. Its is one of the biggest modern day rivalries in the CC. Lions v Queens. Eventhough I cant watch it. Go Lions. Show these pretenders who is the real KING OF THE JUNGLE>

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.08.14 10:31:12 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 13) : sorry to point out your spelling error Mutley, you spell Kings > K I N G S not Q U E E N S 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.08.14 10:47:19 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 14) : LMAO!!!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.08.14 10:57:24 by JD Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld JD
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 14) : Yes thanks for pointing it out. Sorry people its queens not Queens :mrgreen: . So its Lions v queens

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.08.14 12:09:30 by Mutley Reply

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.