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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS NAME SQUAD FOR MUNSTER CLASH

Exciting Isuzu Southern Kings flyhalf, Bader Pretorius, will get his first starting berth when the side takes on Munster Rugby in a Guinness PRO14 Round 15 match at the Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday. The 21-year-old Pretorius made his debut for the Isuzu Southern Kings from the bench in the team’s 25-21 victory over Edinburgh Rugby last month, and will this week play in his third match in the Isuzu Southern Kings strip after also being a substitute a fortnight ago against Toyota Cheetahs. The experienced Berton Klaasen will be on Pretorius’ outside, as the centre returns to the starting XV to pair up with Fijian Meli Rokoua in the midfield.In the forwards pack, loose-forward Stephan de Wit also makes a return to the starting XV in the place of the suspended CJ Velleman at openside flanker. The rest of the starting XV remains the same as the side that faced the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in the narrow 36-40 defeat.Following a day’s travel from Port Elizabeth to Cork earlier in the week ahead of Friday night encounter, the Isuzu Southern Kings have adjusted well to conditions since arriving in Ireland on Tuesday.“It was a long travel – about 26 hours of travelling – but it was good,” Captain, JC Astle, said on Thursday. “We managed to get a lot of training done last week, and on Monday before we left Port Elizabeth where we focused on the things we want to do against Munster.“We had rain in PE on Monday which prepared us for the conditions in Ireland. We are experiencing some cold weather in Ireland, between 2 and 10-degrees. We have had no rain so far, but underfoot it is quite wet, but we are adjusting to get the feel of what it will be like on Friday night.”The side is expecting a tough encounter against a strong Munster side that leads Conference A at the moment. A win for the South African side will boost their confidence for the remainder of the three-week tour which includes matches against defending champs, Leinster, and Welsh side, Cardiff Blues.“Munster is a very clinical side and are on top of Conference A, so we are expecting a hard match with clinical, good players who know how to do their job,” added Astle.“The aim of the tour, after we have had a few good games in the past few weeks, is to improve on that. Getting a good start. It will be nice to go into the last two matches of the tour with heightened confidence and giving stern competition to some good teams.”The match between the Isuzu Southern Kings and Munster will kick-off at 21h35.The Isuzu Southern Kings team to face Munster is:
Shirt no.Player (surname then first name) 
15Banda Masixole
14Penxe Yaw
13Rokoua Meli
12Klaasen Berton
11Basson Bjorn
10Pretorius Bader
9Ungerer Stefan
1Ferreira Schalk
2Willemse Michael
3Terblanche De-Jay
4Van Schalkwyk Andries
5Astle John-Charles (C)
6De Wit Stephan
7Burger Martinus
8Lerm Ruaan
Substitutes
16Van Rooyen Alandre
17Tshakweni Alulutho
18Scholtz Pieter
19Greeff Stephan
20Ntsila Andisa
21Pretorius Sarel
22Kruger Tertius
23Beyers Ulrich

February 14, 2019 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS NAME TOURING SQUAD

A 27-man Isuzu Southern Kings touring squad will depart from Port Elizabeth on Monday on a three-week Guinness PRO14 tour of Ireland and Wales.

The side begins their tour with a clash against Conference A log leaders, Munster, this Friday at the Irish Independent Park in Cork. Kick-off for this match will be at 21h35 (SA-time).

The team will welcome back prop, Pieter Scholtz, who has finished serving a three-match ban following an incident where he made contact with the eye area of an opponent in a match against the Toyota Cheetahs in the first of three South African derbies in January.

However, the Isuzu Southern Kings will travel without flanker CJ Velleman, who has also been handed a three-match suspension for a red card he received last week in the side’s match against the Cheetahs early this month.

Velleman has been found to have contravened Law 9.11 (Players must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to others) when he made contact with his elbow on Cheetahs flanker, Junior Pokomela’s head while the player was diving to score a try.

The suspension is effective from February 12 until March 3, and thereby rules Velleman completely out of involvement in the three-week tour which will also include a match against Conference B leaders, Leinster, on February 22 at the RDS Arena in Dublin and against Cardiff at the Cardiff Arms Park on March 2.

“We have had a good week of preparation leading up to our departure on Monday evening for this tour of Ireland and Wales,” Head Coach Deon Davids said.

“It is set to be a tough tour against Munster, a side that leads Conference A, then we face the defending Guinness PRO14 champions before ending off against another classy side like Cardiff. We have shown some gradual progress over the weeks, and we hope to continue on that upward curve, but most importantly we are still hungry to clinch a win or two on tour.”

Davids has selected a 27-man touring squad for the three matches which includes 16 forwards and 11 backline players. The team will leave Port Elizabeth on Monday night.

TOURING SQUAD

FORWARDS:

Schalk Ferreira, Alulutho Tshakweni, Pieter Scholtz, De-Jay Terblanche, Lupumlo Mguca, Michael Willemse, Alandre van Rooyen, Tango Balekile, Stephan Greeff, John-Charles Astle (c), Andries van Schalkwyk, Martinus Burger, Andisa Ntsila, Henry Brown, Stephan de Wit, Ruaan Lerm.

BACKS:

Stefan Ungerer, Sarel Pretorius, Rudi van Rooyen, Bader Pretorius, Berton Klaasen, Tertius Kruger, Meli Rokoua, Bjorn Basson, Yaw Penxe, Masixole Banda, Ulrich Beyers


February 11, 2019 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS FALL SHORT OF VICTORY IN BLOEMFONTEIN

ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS (10) 36

TOYOTA CHEETAHS (19) 40

In another thrilling South African derby, it was the Toyota Cheetahs who emerged victorious over the Isuzu Southern Kings in their Guinness PRO14 Round 12 clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

While the Cheetahs showed their dominance in the first half, the Isuzu Southern Kings’ never-say-die character emerged in the second half as the Port Elizabeth-based side forged a comeback to only fall four points short, with the home side earning a 40-36 victory.

It was the visitors who scored the first points of the match when Isuzu Southern Kings kicker, Masixole Banda, slotted in a penalty just two minutes into the match.

It did not take long for the Cheetahs to respond as captain Shaun Venter opened the try-scoring with a five-pointer in the seventh minute of the match.

The home side extended their lead when flyhalf Tian Schoeman followed up with the second try for the Cheetahs in the 15th minute.

The Isuzu Southern Kings were brought down to 14 men when centre Meli Rokoua received a yellow card for a dangerous tackle in the 21st minute. The Cheetahs took made full use of the one-man advantage with a try from winger, William Small-Smith.

The Cheetahs received a yellow card of their own when hooker Joseph Dweba was sent to the sin-bin in the 32nd minute. A minute later, CJ Velleman scored the Isuzu Southern Kings’ opening try of the afternoon.

The teams went into the break with the Cheetahs enjoying a 19-10 lead.

It was again the Isuzu Southern Kings who got the first points on the scoreboard in the second half when the team’s leading try-scorer Yaw Penxe bolted over the tryline.

The Cheetahs replied with their bonus-point try in the 55th minute when former Isuzu Southern Kings fullback Malcolm Jaer crossed the whitewash. Another former Isuzu Southern Kings player, Junior Pokomela, extended the Cheetahs’ lead when he dotted down in the 62nd minute.

The visitors were dealt a major blow when Velleman was sent off with a red card for making contact with Pokomela’s head while the Cheetahs’ flanker scored.

The home side looked to keep the match out of the Isuzu Southern Kings’ reach when substitute Reinach Venter scored the sixth try of the match that gave the Cheetahs a 40-15 lead.

The Isuzu Southern Kings showed a spirited fightback for the remainder of the match as Tienie Burger (73rd minute), Alandre van Rooyen (76th minute) and Berton Klaasen (83rd minute) scored tries for the visitors.

However, it was too late as the Cheetahs maintained their lead to earn a 40-36 win.

While Isuzu Southern Kings captain, JC Astle, praised his charges for the fighting spirit, he also warned against the inconsistency and discipline of the side.

“Things are going a little bit better if you compare with the start we had to the year. But I still think at the moment we are blowing hot and cold – that is not what we want. We want to start well and play for a full 80 minutes – that is our goal,” said Astle after the match.

“Teams like the Cheetahs get a little sniff and they are like a runaway train, and that is what happened today. Luckily we managed to attempt to stop the train, and we came back well. So finding that full 80-minute performance is now key for us.

“We have been trying to rectify our discipline and penalty count. It’s a fine balance we are trying to find at the moment between penalties and yellow cards. It’s a fine balance that we are trying to find.”

POINTS SCORERS

TOYOTA CHEETAHS

TRIES: Shaun Venter, Tian Schoeman, William Small-Smith, Malcolm Jaer, Junior Pokomela, Reinach Venter

CONVERSIONS: Tian Schoeman (5)

ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS

TRIES: CJ Velleman, Yaw Penxe, Tienie Burger, Alandre van Rooyen, Berton Klaasen

CONVERSIONS: Masixole Banda (4)

PENALTY: Banda


February 4, 2019 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU FIGHTBACK EARNS SIDE A DESERVED VICTORY OVER SCOTTISH GIANTS

ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS (13) 25
EDINBURGH RUGBY (7) 21

The Isuzu Southern Kings earned their second win of the Guinness PRO14 2018/19 season when they came from behind to snatch a 25-21 victory over Scottish side, Edinburgh Rugby, at Madibaz Stadium on Saturday night.
It was again another never-say-die effort by the Port Elizabeth-based side, but this time instead if coming agonisingly close, the Isuzu Southern Kings were rewarding with their second win of the season – and also their second against a Scottish opponent after beating Glasgow Warriors at the same venue earlier in the season.
It was the Isuzu Southern Kings who opened the scoring when winger Bjorn Basson scored an impressive try in the fourth minute.
It did not take long before the visitors responded with a try of their own through centre Chris Dean. Jaco van der Walt converted.
Fullback Masixole Banda added two penalties before the break to give the Isuzu Southern Kings a 13-7 lead at half-time.
Edinburgh dominated possession and territory in the second half, spending close to 25 minutes after play resumed in the second stanza. The home side showed a gallant defensive effort as they kept their cool to defend over 30 phases until the visitors were rewarded with a penalty try in the 62nd minute for Edinburgh to gain the lead for the first time.
The game looked to be getting out of reach for the home side when substitute hooker Ross Ford scored his first Guinness PRO14 try in the 72nd minute to give Edinburgh a 13-21 lead following the conversion by Van der Walt.
The Isuzu Southern Kings’ replacements came to the party as their fresh legs gave the side a needed boost.
Replacement flyhalf Bader Pretorius scored on debut in the 75th minute as the home team forged a fightback.
Fijian Meli Rokoua showed his capabilities with great skill, and was rewarded when he superbly offloaded to Yaw Penxe, almost from the half-way mark on the field.
With a determined look and intent, Penxe was unstoppable as he bolted for the tryline to score the winning try in the 77th minute.
“I’m very proud of the effort that the guys put in. We really fought hard for the win and showed great composure in the second half. The guys who came off the bench made a big impact. They are young men, but they did what they were asked to do,” said Isuzu Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids after the game.
“Our defence improved tremendously. I was proud of the defensive effort even in the previous match against the Cheetahs. We defended over 30 phases and we kept the opposition out. When those things happen, it shows the character of the people in the team and how the boys are gelling together and how they are playing for each other.
“A guy like Meli Rokoua came out and showed his talent. We have been working really hard getting certain aspects of his game right. In this game he stepped up and showed us all what he can do. We need that X-factor in tight games like this, and he brought that. We had some excellent finishes from Bjorn Basson and Yaw Penxe which showed the magic that these boys can bring.”
The proud head coach added: “We never dropped our heads after losses. We knew we were close, and we worked hard. We knew what our issues were as a team. In this game again we struggled with our scrums, but the guys that came on really put in an effort and fight. This showed that there are things in our makeup that we can still work on.
“Playing against guys that have been unbeaten for a while and tipping them over shows the spirit that is in this camp and the belief that is there. We just want to look forward and build from this.”
The Isuzu Southern Kings will now begin preparations for their next fixture – a second South African derby against Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
POINTS SCORERS
ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS
TRIES: Bjorn Basson, Bader Pretorius, Yaw Penxe
CONVERSIONS: Masixole Banda (2)
PENALTIES: Banda (2)
EDINBURGH RUGBY
TRIES: Chris Dean, Penalty Try, Ross Ford
CONVERSIONS: Jaco van der Walt (2), Penalty Try


January 28, 2019 in Uncategorized
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EXPERIENCED ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS TEAM PICKED FOR SA DERBY

Isuzu Southern Kings Head Coach, Deon Davids, has selected an experienced match-day squad to take on the Toyota Cheetahs in the Guinness PRO14 South African derby at the Nelson Mandela University’s Madibaz Stadium on Friday night.
After a hard week of preparation for the first of three SA derbies for the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season, Davids named his squad of 23 on Thursday which includes six changes to the starting XV that played in the Isuzu Southern Kings’ first match for 2019 a fortnight ago.
Loosehead prop Schalk Ferreira will make a return to the side, together with hooker Michael Willemse in the changes to the front row.
Flanker Henry “Bakkies” Brown will also make a return to the team following a three-month injury layoff after having recovered from an ankle injury.
In the backline, Springbok winger Bjorn Basson makes a return in the No11 jersey, while Berton Klaasen will again form a midfield partnership with Tertius Kruger.
Ntabeni Dukisa will earn a starting berth at flyhalf, replacing Martin du Toit who will be on the bench.
Andisa Ntsila also returns to play after recovering from a knee injury to provide loose-forward cover. So too has prop, Rossouw de Klerk, been included on the bench following his recovery from a chest injury.
“We have selected a rather experienced side this week as we are fortunate to have quite a few of our players back from some lengthy injuries,” Davids said.
“We know that this derby against the Cheetahs will be a tough encounter, so we are happy to be able pick from a large pool of players in order to have one of the strongest possible sides for the important match.”
While there may be close ties between the Isuzu Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs, with players in both teams having played for the other, all emotions will be put aside for the 80 minutes the teams will battle it out for the bragging rights to the derby.
“The Isuzu Southern Kings will always have a special place in my heart because that is where things started for me and they gave me a chance to live out my potential, but that is in the past. I’m now with the Toyota Cheetahs and just want to play to my full potential this weekend and make a difference,” said Uitenhage-born Cheetahs fullback, Malcolm Jaer.
Lock Sintu Manjezi added: “I’m excited to be going against the Isuzu Southern Kings, there’s no love lost. I appreciate everything the Kings, and especially the Kings Academy, has done to develop my rugby career.”
A close encounter, high in intensity, can be expected when the two sides meet at 19h00 on Friday.
“This derby is, personally, special as it is against my former my team and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I know it will be a thrilling and exciting match as I believe both teams will throw everything to get the win this weekend,” said Cheetahs’ loose-forward Junior Pokomela.
Another ex-Isuzu Southern Kings player, Aidon Davis, added: “The fans can definitely expect physicality and running rugby from both team, and hopefully the wind stays away for this one in the Windy City.”
Gates at Madibaz Stadium will open at 17h00.
Tickets are available at TicketPro outlets and will also be on sale at the Madibaz Stadium gates for only R20.
The Isuzu Southern Kings team is:

1. SCHALK FERREIRA
2. MICHAEL WILLEMSE
3. NICOLAAS OOSTHUIZEN
4. STEPHAN GREEF
5. JOHN-CHARLES ASTLE
6. CJ VELLEMAN
7. HENRY BROWN
8. RUAAN LERM
9. STEFAN UNGERER
10. NTABENI DUKISA
11. BJORN BASSON
12. BERTON KLAASEN
13. TERTIUS KRUGER
14. YAW PENXE
15. MASIXOLE BANDA
Replacements :
16. ANDRE VEN ROOYEN
17. LUPUMLO MGUCA
18. RUSSOUW DE KLERK
19. ANDRIES VAN SCHALKWYK
20. ANDISILA NTSILA
21. SAREL PRETORIUS
22. MARTIN DU TOIT
23. HARLON KLAASEN

January 17, 2019 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS NAME TOURING SQUAD FOR EDINBURGH

A 25-man Isuzu Southern Kings playing squad departs for Edinburgh on Wednesday for their first Guinness PRO14 match of 2019.

After a three-week break following their Round 10 encounter with Italian side, Benetton Treviso, the Isuzu Southern Kings team regrouped on December 27 to begin their preparations for their Round 13 fixture against Edinburgh at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday, January 5. Kick-off will be at 19h35 SA-time.

“We are happy to be back in action after a good end-year break which came at a good time for the team to recuperate and return rejuvenated for the New Year,” Head Coach Deon Davids said.

Following the week’s preparation for the upcoming match, Davids selected a 25-man touring squad which includes hooker Michael Willemse, scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, who is set to make his debut for the Isuzu Southern Kings, hooker Alandre van Rooyen and Berton Klaasen – all who are back from injury.

“One of the positives from the break is that we have had the opportunity to get some of our players back from injury,” the Head Coach said.

“We are really pleased to have the experienced Sarel Pretorius, who was unfortunate to sustain a foot injury ahead of the start of the season, and Mikey Willemse, whom we lost quite early on in the season to a shoulder injury. We also have Berton Klaasen back after he missed our last match in 2018 due to a leg injury, while Alandre van Rooyen has recovered from a concussion.”

The Isuzu Southern Kings have also been bolstered with the inclusion of former Springbok prop, Robbi Kempson, as the side’s forwards consultant until the end of the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season. Kempson will also be travelling with the team as they hope to continue improving in the set pieces for the remainder of the season.

The Isuzu Southern Kings touring squad is:

ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS TOURING SQUAD
EDINBURGH

FORWARDS

Nicolaas “NJ” Oosthuizen

Alulutho Tshakweni

Pieter Scholtz

Luvuyo Pupuma

Tango Balekile

Alandre van Rooyen

Michael Willemse

Lubabalo “Giant” Mtyanda

Stephan Greeff

John-Charles “JC” Astle

Andries “Dries” van Schalkwyk

Cyril-John “CJ” Velleman

Martinus “Tienie” Burger

Lerm Ruaan
BACKS

Stefan Ungerer

Rudi van Rooyen

Sarel Pretorius

Martin du Toit

Ntabeni Dukisa

Tertius Kruger

Harlon Klaasen

Berton Klaasen

Yaw Penxe

Michael Makase

Masixole Banda


January 2, 2019 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS MAKE FIVE CHANGES FOR CONNACHT CLASH

Isuzu Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids has made five changes to his starting team that will take on Irish side, Connacht, in a Round 9 Guinness PRO14 clash at the Nelson Mandela University’s Madibaz Stadium on Sunday, November 25. Kick-off is at 15h00 SA-time.
The team will see one change to the backline, with four new faces in the forwards pack to the team that narrowly lost 31-38 to defending champions, Leinster, three weeks ago in their last outing.
The experienced vice-captain, Berton Klaasen, returns to the starting XV as he once again pairs up with Harlon Klaasen for the centre combination, replacing Tertius Kruger who will be on the bench.
A new-look front row will see hooker Alandre van Rooyen being flanked by a new set of props in Lupumlo Mguca at loosehead and Nicolaas “NJ” Oosthuizen at tighthead. The prop duo replace the injured Schalk Ferreira (fractured cheek) and Justin Forwood, who underwent surgery on his ankle this week.
A new loose trio will also see Cyril-John Velleman earn another starting berth at openside flanker, while Jurie van Vuuren will make his first appearance of the season on the blindside. Ruaan Lerm retains his spot at No8.
The match will also see a Guinness PRO14 debut for former Junior Springbok prop, Alulutho Tshakweni, who is the most recent Isuzu Southern Kings recruit, as he provides frontrow cover from the bench.
The side is pleased to have Luvuyo Pupuma, who missed the Leinster match due to a shoulder injury, back in the match-23 squad as he gets a spot on the bench this week.
Utility back Ntabeni Dukisa will also be a new addition to the bench as backline cover.
“We have made a few changes to our team this week which will see Berton Klaasen returning at centre in line with our continued rotation system,” Head Coach Deon Davids said.
“Despite our injury problems in our front row, we are excited to give Lupumlo Mguca and NJ Oosthuizen their first starts of the season. The two did exceptionally well for us in the previous match against Leinster when they came onto the field.
“We expect a tough encounter with Connacht – a side that has done well this season to win a few matches which include the scalps of top sides like Scarlets and Ulster.”
The team has indicated that they have set their sights on clinching a win this weekend in their penultimate match for the year.
“We are looking to target this match. We have had two weeks of rest and the guys are feeling good and fresh. This weekend is an important game for us, and hopefully we pull through with a win,” captain John-Charles “JC” Astle said.
“We want to up our intensity every week and get our penalty count down, and get our discipline in order so that we can focus on our game and put the pressure on them.”
Tickets for the match are available at all TicketPro outlets and will be on sale at the Madibaz Stadium entrance gates at only R20.
The Isuzu Southern Kings team to face Connacht is:

1. LUPUMLO MGUCU
2. ALANDRE VAN ROOYEN
3. NICOLAAS OOSTHUIZEN
4. STEPHAN GREEF
5. JOHN-CHARLES ASTLE
6. CJ VELLEMAN
7. JURIE VAN VUUREN
8. RUAAN LERM
9. STEFAN UNGERER
10. MARTIN DU TOIT
11. YAW PENXE
12. BERTON KLAASEN
13. HARLON KLAASEN
14. MICHAEL MAKASE
15. MASIXOLE BANDA
Replacements :
16. TANGO BALEKILE
17. ALULUTHO TSHAKWENI
18. LUVUYO PUPUMA
19. ANDRIES VAN SCHALKWYK
20. MARTINUS BURGER
21. GODLEN MASIMLA
22. NTABENI DUKISA
23. TERTIUS KRUGER

November 23, 2018 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS STATEMENT ON HEAD COACH DEON DAVIDS

The Isuzu Southern Kings would like to confirm that a process of engagement between the Blue Bulls Company and Isuzu Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids, for the vacant position of head coach of the Vodacom Bulls, has taken place.
While the Isuzu Southern Kings has learnt via media reports that Davids has been shortlisted for the position, there has been no official communication to the franchise to this effect. He remains the Head Coach of the side and is taking charge of the team in their preparations for the upcoming Guinness PRO14 match against Irish side, Connacht, on Sunday, November 25.
Davids remains contracted to the Isuzu Southern Kings until the end of June 2020, and has stressed his commitment to the franchise even through the ongoing process of engagement with the Blue Bulls Company.
Should the Blue Bulls Company wish to make a formal offer for the services of the Head Coach, such a proposition will need to be presented to the Isuzu Southern Kings board for consideration before any decision is made.
“There has not been a formal offer that has been brought forward. Any such offer will have to be presented to the Isuzu Southern Kings board for their consideration. Deon Davids remains contracted with the Isuzu Southern Kings until 30 June 2020,” Isuzu Southern Kings COO Charl Crous said.
The Isuzu Southern Kings will not make further comment on the matter until any further communication between the parties is received and formal discussions take place.


November 19, 2018 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS BOOSTED BY ARRIVAL OF DUO

The Isuzu Southern Kings welcomed the arrival of scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer and prop Nicolaas “NJ” Ooshuizen on Monday to bolster the squad in the build-up to the side’s crucial Guinness PRO Round 8 match against defending champions, Leinster.
The Isuzu Southern Kings are preparing to take on a strong Leinster side at the Nelson Mandela University’s Madibaz Stadium on Sunday, November 4. Kick-off is at 14h45 SA-time (13h45 UK-time).
Following the Port Elizabeth-based side’s spirited performance in Friday’s 34-41 defeat to last season’s finalists, Scarlets, the arrival of the duo is set to add value to the Isuzu Southern Kings team that is showing immense signs of growth in the Guinness PRO14 Championship.
“We are happy to have Stefan Ungerer and NJ Oosthuizen joining the team this week,” Isuzu Southern Kings Head Coach, Deon Davids, confirmed.
“Given the length of the Guinness PRO14 season and how tough the competition is, it is important that we have depth in our squad. We are always looking at boosting critical positions, and the addition of these two players will help us in terms of squad depth and strengthening certain positions.”
The 24-year-old Ungerer is no stranger to the Isuzu Southern Kings structures. He rejoins the team from Currie Cup side, the Pumas, after having previously been a key figure in the Isuzu Southern Kings side that played in their final Vodacom Super Rugby season in 2017.
The scrumhalf was one of the standout players in this year’s Currie Cup campaign, securing a few man-of-the-match performances for the Pumas. He has signed with the Isuzu Southern Kings until the end of the 2019/20 season.
“I’m happy to be back at the Isuzu Southern Kings. I’m looking forward to once again make a contribution to the side, now in a different competition. I’m excited to be part of an international competition like the Guinness PRO14,” Ungerer said.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the Pumas setup in the past year. I have grown as a player and have learnt a lot of valuable lessons in my time there which have helped me grow as a player.”
Oosthuizen will be an added boost for the Isuzu Southern Kings front row with his versatility which sees him able to play at both loosehead and tighthead prop. He previously played for the Nelson Mandela University Madibaz in the Varsity Cup in 2016, and was part of the South Africa under-20 team that same year where he made three appearances for the side.
The 21-year-old George-born player will be in Port Elizabeth on a short-term loan agreement from Currie Cup side, the Griquas. The former Marlow Landbou scholar will offer his services for the Isuzu Southern Kings until the end of February.
The Isuzu Southern Kings will be hard at work this week in preparation for their clash with Leinster.
The match between the Port Elizabeth side and the defending champions will only cost R20 for entry to Madibaz Stadium, with tickets to the Royal Lounge costing R150. Tickets are available from TicketPro outlets, the Nelson Mandela University’s Kraal and will be on sale at the gate on Sunday.


October 29, 2018 in Uncategorized
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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS MEDICAL UPDATE

While the Isuzu Southern Kings are on a week’s break before resuming their preparations for their next Guinness PRO14 match at home on October 26, the side’s medical team will be working hard to ensure players recover well over the next few weeks.

The Port Elizabeth-based side returned home early this week from Italy, following their 5-28 defeat to Benetton in Treviso, with an additional three injury concerns.

Hooker and captain Michael Willemse, lock Bobby de Wee and flanker CJ Velleman all sustained shoulder injuries in the clash at Stadio Monigo on Saturday.

“We, unfortunately, had Bobby de Wee and CJ Velleman sustaining shoulder injuries over the weekend; and they will be seeing specialists for further treatment this week. Mikey Willemse also injured his shoulder and is seeing Orthopedic surgeon,” team doctor, Gershwin Kortje explained the latest injuries.

The trio joins prop Schalk Ferreira (fractured nose) and loose-forward Henry “Bakkies” Brown (foot), both of whom were injured in the Isuzu Southern Kings’ previous match against Scarlets a fortnight ago.

“We will have further details on these injuries by the end of the week, as we are currently waiting for various investigation results at this stage,” confirmed Dr Kortje.

The team doctor also indicated that prop Martin Dreyer underwent a successful knee surgery last week. There is also good progress being made by scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius from his ankle injury.

“Martin’s surgery went well and he will be starting with his physio next week. The prognosis is good, however, there is still a long road ahead before he can return to the field,” said the doctor.

“Sarel has recovered and responded very well to his surgery and rehabilitation. He still has a couple of weeks of rehabilitation left before he can return to play.”

Positive news for the Isuzu Southern Kings is that scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen, who returned early with Ferreira and Brown from Wales after the match against Scarlets, has made great strides in his recovery from an ankle injury. While the halfback has a few physio sessions to go through, he is expected to be fit for selection for the next match against Scarlets in Port Elizabeth on October 26


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