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Watson to miss Stormers clash

30th May 2013 13:46


Luke Watson Captain of the Southern Kings v Highlanders 2013

Luke Watson: Out with 'flu

The Kings will face the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday without their captain Luke Watson after the flanker was ruled out of the clash due to 'flu.

Centre Andries Strauss will captain the side in Watson's absence.

Lock Steven Sykes and wing Siyanda Grey have also been sidelined which means Darron Nell comes in as vice-captain to replace Sykes while Siviwe Soyizwapi takes over from Grey.

In the back-line, Nicolas Vergallo gets to start at scrum-half with Shaun Venter dropping down to the replacements bench.

Amongst the replacements, Hannes Franklin will be the replacement hooker as Virgile Lacombe also misses out due to a rib injury.

Devin Oosthuizen also comes to bench as back row cover after Jacques Engelbrecht was named in the starting XV in Watson's absence.

Kings: 15 SP Marais, 14 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss (c), 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Darron Nell, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Grant Kemp, 18 Rynier Bernado, 19 Devin Oosthuizen, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Shane Gates, 22 George Whitehead.

Date: Saturday, June 1
Kick-off: 17:05 local (16:05 BST, 15:05 GMT)
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa), Linston Manuels (South Africa)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)