Kings change three for Force clash

Date published: April 6 2017

Kings head coach Deon Davids has made three changes to his side that will take on the Force in their sixth match of the season on Sunday.

Following the hamstring injury to experienced centre Waylon Murray, who arrived back in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, Davids was forced to make a change to his midfield pairing that took on the Lions in the Southern Kings' last Super Rugby match a fortnight ago.

Luzuko Vulindlu, who was on the bench in the match against the Lions, replaces Murray in the 12 jersey as he partners up with Berton Klaasen.

After recovering from a thigh injury that ruled him out of the Southern Kings' previous fixture, wing Makazole Mapimpi has been included in the starting XV, taking the place of Alshaun Bock at right wing.

The only change in the forwards pack sees Michael Willemse making a return to the starting XV in a rotational selection which sees Kurt Haupt, the starting hooker against the Lions, not included in the matchday 23 squad this week.

The match will be marked by a special milestone for Southern Kings hooker, Martin Bezuidenhout, who will be making his 50th Super Rugby appearance should he make his way onto the field from the bench.

Kings: 15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje (c), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Justin Forwood, 19 Mzwanele Zito, 20 Tyler Paul, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Masixole Banda/Wandile Mjekevu

Date: Sunday, April 9
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 14:05 local (06:05 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)


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