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Sykes and Nel add muscle to Kings forwards


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Currie Cup, EP Kings, Original Content on 21 Aug 2014 at 09:43
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Steven Sykes and Darron Nel were amongst the changes in the forwards when Eastern Province head coach Carlos Spencer announced his team to face the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Loftus in Pretoria on Saturday.

Paul Schoeman will also replace Thembelani Bholi to partner with Stefan Willemse on the flank.

Luke Watson will return to the side, replacing Aidon Davis, has he missed last weeks game against the Lions.

At scrumhalf, Kevin Luiters replaces Tobie Botes who is suffering from a wrist injury. The rest of the back line remains the same.

On the bench, Michael van Vuuren replaces Albe de Swardt, and Charles Marais replaces CJ van der Linde who is suffering from a calf strain. Siayanda Grey is the only other newcomer to the bench as he replaces Ntabeni Dukisa who took a knock to the knee against the Lions.

Spencer said more experience was needed to help steady the team, especially when things were not going well on the field.

“Darron and Steven bring with them a bit of physicality up front, which we lacked in the last game and which we will need against the Bulls this week,” he said.

“Hopefully Steven and Darron will bring that experience. Especially when we’re down and falling behind on the scoreboard, we’ve had that lack of experience. This is a young group and a lot of them are still learning, so helpfully they will be able to lead by example.”

Spencer said they were expecting a tough game against the Bulls, as both teams would be looking for a win on Saturday.

“They are in a similar position as we are. They have their backs against the wall, they have lost two on the trot, as we have, and we’re going there to their home ground. From what I’ve heard they are under a bit of pressure so they’re going to come out firing,” he said.

EP Kings: 15 Scott van Breda 14 Ronnie Cooke 13 Tim Whitehead 12 Shane Gates 11 Siviwe Soyizwapi 10 Gary van Aswegen 9 Kevin Luiters 8 Luke Watson (capt) 7 Paul Schoeman 6 Stefan Willemse 5 Steven Sykes 4 Darron Nel 3 Tom Botha 2 Edgar Marutlulle 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Reserves: 16 Michael van Vuuren 17 Charles Marais 18 Steven Cummins 19 Thembelani Bholi 20 Jaco Grobler 21 George Whitehead 22 Siyanda Grey



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