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Sykes to lead Kings against Stormers


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content on 5 Feb 2014 at 10:17
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The Southern Kings have made a few changes to their side that narrowly lost 12 – 19 to the Lions this past Saturday, when they face the Stormers at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday night.

Steven Sykes will lead the team that sees no less then 6 changes to the one that played on Saturday. Sykes is taking over the captaincy role from Darron Nell who injured his elbow against the Lions, Stephan Zaayman will be replacing Nell at lock.

Brendon Olivier replaces BG Uys at loose head, who is getting married on the weekend. Albe de Swardt who has recovered from a rib injury comes back into the team replacing Dane van der Westhuysen at hooker, who dislocated his elbow in the match against the Lions.

Amongst the backs, Sonwabo Majola replaces Jaco Grobler at scrumhalf. On the wing, Michael Killian moves to the bench to make way for Eben Barnard and Dwayne Jenner takes over from Ronnie Cooke at outside centre.

Sergeal Petersen who left the field shortly after his try against the Lions, due to a knock to his knee, is fit to take his place on the wing with Barnard to form the back three with Siviwe Soyizwapi.

Southern Kings caretaker coach, Robbie Kempson, said the game against the Stormers would prove challenging, with the Kings playing their third big match in a row and with the loss of some players to injury.

“I think the Stormers are a different kettle of fish completely. They’re a thoroughly professional outfit and they have a strength and depth that most provinces don’t have, so I think that, for us, it is going to be a very competitive game,” he said.

“The team is looking to go out and give them a very good go and a run for their money, we’re not here to just make up the numbers,” he said.

Kick-off is at 7pm (not televised)

Southern Kings:

1 Bendon Olivier 2 Albe de Swardt 3 Charl du Plessis 4 Steven Sykes (C) 5 Rynier Bernardo 6 Paul Schoeman 7 Stephan Zaayman 8 Devon Oosthuizen 9 Sonwabo Majola 10 George Whitehead (VC) 11 Eben Barnard 12 Shane Gates 13 Dwayne Jenner 14 Sergeal Petersen 15 Siviwe Soyizwapi

Replacements:

16 JC Oberholzer 17 Lizo Gqoboka 18 Pieter Stemmet 19 Stephan Greeff 20 Thembelani Bholi 21 Kevin Kaba 22 Tyler Paul 23 Jaco Grobler 24 Ronnie Cooke 25 Michael Killian 26 Brian Skosana



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