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October 5, 2018 in Uncategorized Tags: , , , , ,

The Isuzu Southern Kings Head Coach, Deon Davids, has made three changes to his starting XV that will be taking on Benetton in Round 6 of the Guinness PRO14 at Stadio Monigo in Treviso on Saturday. Kick-off is at 20h00.

While the backline remains unchanged from the one that faced Scarlets in Llanelli last week, the forwards pack will see two injury-enforced changes and one rotational switch for the team that will face Benetton on Saturday.

Loosehead prop Justin Forwood will get a start in the No1 jersey following the departure of Schalk Ferreira from the tour after experienced 34-year-old sustained a fractured nose in last weekend’s clash.

Ferreira returned home to Port Elizabeth earlier in the week, together with scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen and flanker Henry “Bakkies” Brown, who had both sustained ankle injuries.Brown’s injury opened up an opportunity for a first starting berth in over two years for CJ Velleman, who had been on the bench for the Isuzu Southern Kings’ previous two matches.

Velleman made his Guinness PRO14 debut in the Isuzu Southern Kings’ 38-28 victory over Glasgow Warriors a fortnight ago after having nursed two serious knee injuries for the past two years.

In a rotational change in the second row, Schalk Oelofse, also returns to the starting XV where he will replace Bobby de Wee and partner up with JC Astle at lock. De Wee moves to the bench.

“We may have been affected by injuries, but we also now have an opportunity to give some of our other players an opportunity to gain starting berths,” Davids said about the changes.

“This is a long season and it is important to have depth in our squad. I’m happy to see some of our guys getting opportunities to play, be it starting or coming off the bench. Gaining the experience in such a competitive Championship is important.”

New faces on the bench this weekend will be Lupumlo Mguca, who will provide cover at prop, as well as backup loose-forward Marthinus “Tienie” Burger and Ruan van Rensburg as the scrumhalf replacement. The rest of the bench remains unchanged from last week.

The Isuzu Southern Kings team is:

1. Justin Forwood
2. Michael Willemse (C)
3. Luvuyo Pupuma
4. Schalk Oelofse
5. John-Charles Astle
6. CJ Velleman
7. Andisa Ntsila
8. Ruaan Lerm
9. Godlen Masimla
10. Martin du Toit
11. Bjorn Basson
12. Berton Klaasen
13. Harlon Klaasen
14. Penxe Yaw
15. Banda Masixole
Replacements :
16. Alandre van Rooyen
17. Lupumlo Mguca
18. Russouw DeKlerk
19. Bobby de Wee
20. Martinis Burger
21. Ruan Van Renburg
22. Ntabeni Dukisa
23. Tristan Blewett

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