Preview: Kings v Cheetahs

Date published: January 12 2018

Southern Kings head coach Deon Davids has named his line-up to take on the Cheetahs in what will be the first-ever SA derby in the PRO14.

Amongst the forwards the only changes made to the starting XV that did duty against Edinburgh last weekend come at lock where the regular starting pair of Bobby De Wee and Stephan Greeff are restored after being afforded an extra week of rest and recovery by the head coach.

In the backline there’s a changed back three with wings Michael Makase and Anthony Volmink coming back and Yaw Penxe moving from number 14 into the full-back jersey. Makase makes a welcome return from injury whilst Volmink was unavailable for selection last weekend due to personal reasons.

There are changes at half-back too where Oliver Zono replaces Kurt Coleman at fly-half and Rowan Gouws comes in for Rudi van Rooyen at scrum-half.

The team will once again be captained by Schalk Ferreira but Kings fans will be pleased to see the name of squad skipper Michael Willemse amongst the replacements. Willemse has been out of action for a while after having suffered a groin injury. New names on the bench are those of prop forwards Johan Smith, on loan from the Leopards, and Dayan Van Der Westhuizen who is on loan from the Bulls.

Meanwhile, the Cheetahs have made several changes for their trip to Port Elizabeth.

Clayton Blommetjies is back at full-back with Craig Barry starting on right wing, Nico Lee will be wearing the number 13 jersey, replacing injured captain, Francois Venter, with Niel Marais the starting number 12.

Up front, props Ox Nche and Tom Botha are included in the starting line-up while Justin Basson will be replacing Carl Wegner in the locks.

The away game will be fly-half Fred Zeilinga's 50th match for the Cheetahs.

The teams:

Kings: 15 Yaw Penxe, 14 Michael Makase, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Martin du Toit, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Oliver Zono, 9 Rowan Gouws, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Tienie Burger, 6 Eital Bredenkamp, 5 Bobby de Wee, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Schalk Ferreira (c)
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Johan Smith, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Lindokuhle Welemu, 20 Freddy Ngoza, 21 Rudi van Rooyen, 22 Ntabeni Dukisa, 23 Harlon Klaasen

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Craig Barry, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Niel Marais, 11 Makazola Mapimpi, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (c), 1 Ox Nche
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Zee Mkhabela, 23 AJ Coertzen

Date: Saturday, January 13
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Kick-off: 17:00 local (15:00 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)