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Watson back for EP Kings

20th August 2014 14:15

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Back in: Luke Watson

EP Kings number eight Luke Watson returns to the starting line-up for their Currie Cup clash with the Blue Bulls.

Watson's return at Loftus Versfeld is one of four changes to the pack as Carlos Spencer freshens things up for this weekend's clash in Pretoria.

"We have brought back players like Steven Sykes and Darron Nell to add some physicality up front - which is something we lacked against the Lions and really need against the Bulls," Spencer said.

"We have also included Paul Schoeman among the loose forwards to give us greater energy at the breakdown and to put pressure on in that area. Also, he's a very good ball carrier."

Flank Stefan Willemse moves to the openside jersey, with Schoeman replacing Thembelani Bholi on the other side of the scrum while in the only change to the backline, scrum-half Kevin Luiters comes in for Italy's Tobie Botes, who has been battling with a wrist problem.

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 Nell, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Mike van Vuuren, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Steven Cummins, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Jaco Grobler, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Siyanda Grey.

Date: Saturday, August 23
Kick-off: 15:00 local (14:00 BST, 13:00 GMT)
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Referee: Lesego Legoete
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Cobus Wessels
Television match official: Johan Greeff
Assessor: Keith Hendricks

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