EP Kings feel confident ahead of Bulls rematch

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Currie Cup, EP Kings, Original Content on 10 Sep 2014 at 11:28
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Eastern Province Kings Head Coach, Carlos Spencer said he has 100% confidence in the team he has selected for this weekend’s return match against the Blue Bulls at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.

Spencer made five changes to the match day fifteen, along with a further four changes to the bench compared to the team that went down 49 – 14 to Western Province at Newlands on Friday.

Springbok prop, CJ van der Linde gets a start as he replaces Tom Botha, who moves to the bench.

Devon Oosthuizen will also be returning from injury, and will be starting on the flank, replacing Paul Schoeman (who takes over from Aidon Davis who twisted his knee during practice on Monday).

Gary van Aswegen will start at flyhalf after an injury kept him off the field for the last two weeks. Shane Gates is the only other change to the side as he comes off the bench to replace Dwayne Jenner at inside centre.

Spencer has also opted to include an extra forward on the bench as he feels it is necessary to match the physicality of the Bulls up front.

“We can beat the Bulls. We understand that they are a better side than what they were three weeks ago. We know we have a massive challenge on our hands and the guys are excited by that,” said Spencer.

“The Bulls are coming off a good win against the Lions and we need to knock that confidence out,” he said.

Spencer said it was only natural that the team’s confidence had taken a knock having lost the last five games in a row, but said they had been working hard on addressing this and were working hard to turn it around.

“We have put the last five weeks behind us and are looking at this as the start of our season,” said Spencer.

“We have an opportunity to turn the season around, we want people to remember us for the five weeks coming, not the five weeks that have gone past,” he said.

EP Kings:

1 Lizo Gqoboka 2 Edgar Marutlulle 3 CJ van der Linde 4 David Bulbring 5 Steven Sykes (c) 6 Shaun McDonald 7 Devon Oosthuizen 8 Paul Schoeman 9 Kevin Luiters 10 Gary van Aswegen 11 Siviwe Soyizwapi 12 Shane Gates 13 Tim Whitehead 14 Ronnie Cooke 15 Scott van Breda


16 Mike van Vuuren 17 Simon Kerrod 18 BG Uys 19 Darron Nel 20 Stefan Willemse 21 Tobie Botes 22 Ntabeni Dukisa


  • Well, good for them…

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.09.14 12:38:11 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : Shame…lonely comment…here’s some company – my thoughts on the Kings:
    1. They have been very disappointing so far. Yes, they have had tough first half of the season with games against the better teams in the competition; they looked quite good against the Bulls…but compared to their first Super Rugby season they have been a big disappointment.
    2. That begs the question…well, the question I really want to ask is: is it fair that they have “protected status” in the Currie Cup. But perhaps that question in itself is unfair! So the question I will ask is: what do the Kings need to do to prepare sensibly for their re-introduction to Super Rugby? The odds are they will be able to make some buys when they actually enjoy Super Rugby again…but in the meantime their priorities should probably look something like this: win some games :mrgreen: ; develop some depth for Super Rugby; decide whether they have the right coaching and management team; ensure that their structures starting channeling talent in the right direction.
    3. Is Luke Watson a spent force? Injury after injury…I think he has a lot to give the Kings setup…but will he give any of it on the field?
    Your thoughts?

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.09.14 20:16:10 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Come On EP King Elephant Spears! Get a result this weekend! 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.09.14 23:04:15 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.09.14 05:24:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Bulls made two changes to their side, JJ Engelbreght is out, William Small-Smith in at 13 and Ryan Nel coming in on the bench

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.09.14 17:46:08 by pierre_mackie Reply

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