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Spencer names unchanged EP team for Lions

Eastern Province Kings Currie Cup coach Carlos Spencer

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Article Published: Tuesday 12 August 2014|

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Eastern Province Kings Currie Cup coach Carlos Spencer has described his team's loss to Western Province as "first game jitters" and named an unchanged starting line-up for their clash against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Kings returned to the Premier division of the Currie Cup last week but lost 16-35 to WP in Port Elizabeth on Friday and Spencer said they were expecting another tough challenge against the Gauteng outfit.

"We did miss some opportunities against Western Province and I guess there were some first game jitters," said Spencer.

"So we have shown faith in the players by sticking with the same XV and hopefully they will be over any nervousness."

The Kings coach said they had spoken at length about the crucial errors they made against WP and were intent on getting it right against the Lions.

"We didn't take control of certain phases of play against WP and rushed things at times.

"We need to rectify that against the Lions to have any chance of winning."

After the Johannesburg side's convincing win over the Blue Bulls at the weekend, Spencer said the Lions would be one of the teams to beat this season.

"Lions are a very good team, with a strong scrum and a strong driving lineout, plus a very good loose forward trio.

"We understand it will be a tough game but we don't believe the Lions are unbeatable."

The only change to the Kings squad is the inclusion of lock Steven Sykes on the bench in place of Darron Nell.

Spencer said Sykes, one of the Kings' more experienced players, would come off the bench during the match.

"We don't think Steven has had quite enough game time after two to three months off at this stage, but we will definitely use him off the bench."

EP Kings

Lizo Gqoboka, Edgar Marutlulle, Tom Botha, Steven Cummins, David Bulbring, Thembelani Bholi, Stefan Willemse, Luke Watson (captain), Tobie Botes, Gary van Aswegen, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Shane Gates, Tim Whitehead, Ronnie Cooke, Scott van Breda.

Replacements: Albe de Swardt, CJ vd Linde, Steven Sykes, Aidon Davis, Kevin Luiters, George Whitehead, Ntabeni Dukisa

 
 
 
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Currie Cup Table

Currie Cup table (Premier Division)              Currie Cup Table
 
Team
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
Bp
Ttl
1. W.Province 6 5 1 0 208 114 94 4 24
2. Lions 6 4 2 0 217 150 67 4 20
3
Pumas
6 4 2 0 168 140 28 3 19
4. 6 3 2 1 154 140 14 2 16
5. 6 2 3 1 154 160 -6 4 14
6. 6 3 3 0 142 169 -27 1 14
7. 6 2 4 0 143 179 -36 3 11
8. EP Kings 6 0 6 0 109 243 -134 1 1

(Updated each Monday to check with officials)