Davids shows his hand

Date published: February 23 2017

Kings coach Deon Davids has named a mix of experience and youth in his starting XV for Saturday’s clash with the Jaguares in Port Elizabeth.

Davids has made four changes to his run-on team which claimed a 42-24 victory over the South Western District Eagles in a pre-season friendly on February 11.

In the back-line, Berton Klaasen comes in at outside centre in place of Luzuko Vulindlu while Louis Schreuder takes over from Rudi van Rooyen at scrum-half and Malcolm Jaer replaces Alshaun Bock on the left wing.

The pack is more settled with the only change coming in the second row where Irne Herbst is preferred to Sintu Manjezi.

In other interesting selections, captain Schalk Fereirra starts at loosehead prop while Lionel Cronje is named at fly-half and Chrysander Botha at full-back, while ex Springbok Waylon Murray partners Klaasen in midfield.

Kings: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruan Lerm, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Mzwanele Zito, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (c)
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Chris Heiberg, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Rudi van Rooyen, 22 Masixole ‘Coyi’ Banda, 23 Luzuko Vulindlu

Date: Saturday, February 25
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 17:15 local (15:15 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)