Five changes for Kings

Date published: March 22 2016

Kings head coach Deon Davids has made five changes to the starting lineup for the match against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.

Up front Sti Sithole moves up from the bench to replace Schalk Ferreira, who came off the field against the Crusaders, and who has subsequently returned to Nelson Mandela Bay with a concussion.

Martin Ferreira moves out of the team to make way for Edgar Marutlulle, who played off the bench last week.

CJ Velleman also comes off the bench to take the place of Chris Cloete, who moves to the bench, in a rotational change by Davids.

Stefan Willemse joins the team alongside Velleman at flank, replacing Thembelani Bholi who has also returned home after being diagnosed with a hamstring tear following the Crusaders match.

One change in the backs sees Ntando Kebe return to the starting lineup with Kevin Luiters, who started against the Crusaders, moving to the bench in another rotational move.

Martin Bezuidenhoudt comes onto the bench as replacement hooker, with Justin Ackerman also on the bench as replacement prop.

Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates (vc), 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 CJ Velleman, 5 JC Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (c), 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sti Sithole
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhoudt, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 JP Du Plessis

Date: Friday, March 25
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19:35 local (06:35 GMT)

Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Referees: Nick Briant, Kane McBride
TMO: Aaron Paterson