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ISUZU SOUTHERN KINGS MAKE FIVE CHANGES FOR CONNACHT CLASH

November 23, 2018 in Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , ,

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

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