Toyota Cheetahs Team News
Coach Rory Duncan has announced his team to take on the Kings in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 13 January 2018.
The match will be broadcasted live on SuperSport 1. It is the first time the two local teams meet in Guinness PRO14. The last time the two teams faced each other was in July when they made their final Vodacom SuperRugby appearances. The Toyota Cheetahs have won all four previous fixtures between the two.
“Dealing with pressure, we’ve been taking this season week by week and not looking ahead, but this is the week we’ve been waiting for – the first South African derby. It is going to be real tough and physical game. We expect the Kings to come out guns blazing, but so will we,” said Torsten van Jaarsveld who will be leading the team on the field.
Changes to the team from last week:
• Clayton Blommetjies is back on fullback with Craig Barry starting on right wing.
• Nico Lee will be wearing the number 13 jersey, replacing injured captain, Francois Venter. Venter sustained a neck injury in the match against Benneton Rugby last week.
• Niel Marais will be starting on number 12.
• Props Ox Nche and Tom Botha are included in the starting line-up. Charles Marais and Johan Coetzee who will be providing cover on the bench.
• Justin Basson will be replacing Carl Wegner as no. 4 lock.
• Henco Venter is back on the bench after a long time on the side line due to a concussion he sustained in Round 6 against Glasgow.
Flyhalf, Fred Zeilinga will be playing in his 50th match for the Toyota Cheetahs and
Makazole Mapimpi is with 9 tries currently the top Guinness PRO14 try scorer in the championship.
The following players are not eligible for team selection due to injury:
Francois Venter (neck), William Small-Smith (knee), Niel Jordaan (ankle), Tian Meyer (groin), Elandré Huggett (knee), Ruan van Rensburg (knee), Dennis Visser (knee), Tertius Kruger (lower leg), Lloyd Greeff (shoulder), Luther Obi (forearm), Malcolm Jaer (ankle).
Southern Kings Team News
Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids today named his team to take on the Toyota Cheetahs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, 13 January in what will be the first-ever SA derby fixture in the GUINNESSPRO14 Championship.
Amongst the forwards the only changes made to the starting 15 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 coach. Their return should serve to bolster a Southern Kings scrum which, according to the official GUINNESS Optastats, rates amongst the best in the championship with an overall success rate of 96% on their own ball this season.
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 fullbacks jersey. Makase makes a welcome return from injury whilst Volmink was unavailable for selection last weekend due to personal reasons. There are changes at halfback too where Oliver Zono replaces Kurt Coleman at flyhalf and Rowan Gouws comes in for Rudi van Rooyen at scrumhalf.
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.
Despite coming close on a few occasions the Kings are still searching for their first win after 11 matches in this year’s competition but Coach Davids feels his charges aren’t too far off a maiden victory. “Firstly I think we’re due a little luck and, secondly, players naturally seem to lift their game a notch or two when it’s a local derby. My main message to the team this week has been to not let the emotion of the occasion get to them and to show patience when on attack. We must also endeavour to play in the right areas of the park and keep our mistakes to a minimum,” he said.
It’s extremely unusual for there to be competitive rugby action in South Africa during the month of January but whilst the summer heat may make for more difficult playing conditions it’s likely to be more pleasant for spectators than the usual chilly winter afternoon or evening and the Kings are encouraging their fans to heed the call to #kickoffsummer and turn out to support them in this first (of three) SA derby GUINNESSPRO14 fixtures against the Toyota Cheetahs.
|15 Clayton Blommetjies||1 Schalk Ferreira (C)|
|14 Craig Barry||2 Stephan Coetzee|
|13 Nico Lee||3 Pieter Scholtz|
|12 Niel Marais||4 Stephan Greeff|
|11 Makazola Mapimpi||5 Bobby de Wee|
|10 Fred Zeilinga||6 Eital Bredenkamp|
|9 Shaun Venter||7 Tienie Burger|
|8 Ruaan Lerm|
|1 Ox Nche|
|2 Van Jaarsveld, Torsten (C)||9 Rowan Gouws|
|3 Tom Botha||10 Oliver Zono|
|4 Justin Basson||11 Anthony Volmink|
|5 Reniel Hugo||12 Martin du Toit|
|6 Paul Schoeman||13 Berton Klaasen|
|7 Oupa Mohoje||14 Michael Makase|
|8 Uzair Cassiem||15 Yaw Penxe|
|16 Jacques du Toit||16 Michael Willemse|
|17 Charles Marais||17 Johan Smith|
|18 Johan Coetzee|
18 Dayan van der Westhuizen
|19 Rynier Bernardo||19 Lindokuhle Welemu|
|20 Junior Pokomela||20 Freddy Ngoza|
|21 Henco Venter||21 Rudi van Rooyen|
|22 Zee Mkhabela||22 Ntabeni Dukisa|
|23 AJ Coertzen||23 Harlon Klaasen|