EP Kings to face Sharks

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Currie Cup, EP Kings, Original Content on 27 Aug 2015 at 15:46
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Eastern Province Kings coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has welcomed the return of experienced skipper Luke Watson to the team for their Absa Currie Cup Premier Division match against the Cell C Sharks at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Watson sustained a “dead leg” in the first match in Durban a fortngiht ago, and missed out on their last match against the Pumas on Friday.

“Luke is an exceptional leader and only now that I have had the opportunity to work with him do I realise what he can contribute. He has a feel for the game and a really good understanding of what to do, of what will work, and it’s really good to have him back,” Janse van Rensburg said.

The only other change to the starting XV is Lizo Gqoboka that swaps places Schalk Ferreira, who drops down to the bench. Changes to the bench sees Stefan Willemse replacing Cameron Lindsay and Dwayne Kelly comes in for Kevin Luiters.

“We have had opportunities to finish things off in our previous two matches, which we didn’t take, and it is not going to get any easier”.

“But we know we have to get the basics right and try to be more accurate in our approach.”

“Every week we go out there and make sure we give our best effort, and that is what we will be doing on Saturday. We will focus on our processes and if we make sure we go out there and give our best, everything else will look after itself,” the Kings coach added.

Kick-off is at 17:00.

The EP Kings:
15 Scott van Breda 14 Siyanda Grey 13 Ronnnie Cooke (vc) 12 JP du Plessis 11 Luther Obi 10 Karlo Aspeling 9 Enrico Acker 8 Tim Agaba 7 Thembelani Bholi 6 Luke Watson (c) 5 Cornell Hess 4 Steven Sykes 3 Tom Botha 2 Martin Ferreira 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Replacements: 16 Schalk Ferreira 17 Edgar Marutlulle 18 Simon Kerrod 19 Stefan Willemse 20 Paul Schoeman 21 Dwayne Kelly 22 Hansie Graaff


  • Lets see if the Sharks can contain Tim Agaba this game…

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.08.15 16:08:43 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : buy him!!!!!!! that should work!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.08.15 16:23:11 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : rather wonder if Scott will help us again as the Sharks could be in s^%$# if he does not help again!!!!!!! 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.08.15 16:25:03 by JD Reply
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  • Go Sharks – as julle nie die een goed wen nie het ons probleme – Sharks afrigters moet ook kyk vir spelers wat die Sharks kan koop maar wat van goeie gehalte is.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.08.15 17:54:54 by Leon Schrenk Reply

  • @JD (Comment 2) : he played for the Sharks u21 in 2010

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.08.15 20:24:47 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 5) : Pierre, any news of the Kings sponsor?

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.08.15 21:34:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 5) : did not know that. Let’s see how he goes on Saturday. Good luck.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.08.15 22:34:06 by JD Reply
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  • Agaba is a great player. Have a feeling the Sharks are going to walk this one.

    In other news, it looks as if Marcel Coetzee will not make the Bok cut. Terrible for him and a shocking call, but good news for the Sharks.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.08.15 09:13:01 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 8) : well, 1/3 isn’t bad πŸ™‚

    It is terrible for Marcell.
    It’s not a shocking call to decide not to take an unfit player to the World Cup. I just wish Heyneke would be consistent in the way he handles all the unfit players in the squad.
    It’s not good news for the Sharks, since Marcell will go to Japan once fit, not play Currie Cup.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.08.15 09:15:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Howzit Rob. That is a pity, I thought he would have been available for the Sharks. Do you know what C Reinach will be doing, it looks like he is also out.

    From what I have heard, we looking at a 9/10 axis of R Paige and M Steyn 😯 with the brilliant Kirchner at the back hahahaha

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.08.15 09:58:38 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 10) : well….

    I rate Paige very highly. Thought he was probably THE form scrumhalf in Super Rugby (perhaps tied with Faf, although Faf is less consistent in execution of the basics).

    All indications are Cobus will join us for Currie Cup

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.08.15 10:01:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I hav a feeling that if Coetzee was fit he would be included but injured he prob wont be. Also playing in Japan wont aide his rugby im afraid, not the way he plays. He will returned fatigued and wont be the same force. But good luck to the guy- one cannot question his commitment each and every game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.08.15 10:12:37 by SheldonK Reply

  • if we have cobus back they must leave him out give him a nice long break. we should carry on developing ungera

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.08.15 10:17:12 by Poisy Reply
  • @robdylan: He was blady good, but Rob, do you take a scrumhalf to a World Cup, when he has been out injured and not played one game for the Boks? I just find it very risky. Faf cant be a Bok due to the way the Boks play, he is too quick thinking. The Boks like a scrummie who slows the game down. One area he does need work on is his kicking, but he is a great player and was extremely influential in the Pumas win over the Sharks

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.08.15 10:21:21 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 13) : With the amount the Sharks are paying him? Very unlikely he will just sit out. Besides he hasnt really played that much. Ungerer has been pretty dismal this CC as well

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.08.15 10:21:41 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : and he wont get better if we just use cobus and classens

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.08.15 10:26:29 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 16) : I do understand ur thinking but do we really play a guy who is struggling in the hope he gets better…or do we play a springbok? Im all for grooming talent, but there is a time and place- mainly club games and practice field, not when results on the line

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.08.15 10:44:28 by SheldonK Reply


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