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The final Super Rugby match in South Africa on Saturday is in Port Elizabeth where the Southern Kings host the Highlanders.

The Highlanders are the current Super Rugby champions and are in 7th place overall and in fourth place in the New Zealand Conference.

The Southern Kings are last in the South African Group and last in the overall standings.

These teams have met just once before and that was in 2013 and was also in Port Elizabeth. That match was won 27-34 by the Kings.

The Southern Kings have struggled against the New Zealand teams this season as they have played four matches against them this season and lost all four.

On average against New Zealand teams the Kings have scored 22 points and the New Zealand teams 48. The Highlanders have played two matches against South African sides and won just one.

Highlanders head coach coach Jamie Joseph has named halfbacks Te Aihe Toma and Jamie Booth in the team for this week. Halfback Te Aihe Toma will start the match while Booth is expected to make his debut from the replacements bench.

Mark Reddish will play his 50th Super Rugby game on Saturday night. The former Hurricanes player will start at lock against the Kings and will be playing his 19th match for the Highlanders.

Mobile loose forward Gareth Evans will start at blindside flanker and he will be accompanied in the loose by Captain Shane Christie and Luke Whitelock.

Liam Squire who debuted successfully for the All Blacks in Dunedin last week is on the bench, as Coach Joseph stays with the forward group that played well against the Crusaders in a warm up game during the June break.

Ryan Tongia gets his second start of the 2016 season at left wing while Jack Wilson and Matt Faddes complete the back three. Patrick Osborne who has just returned from his international duties with Fiji will make his impact from the replacements.

The halves combination of Te Aihe Toma and Marty Banks will have the responsibility of driving the team around the field in just their second game together, however Lima Sopoaga will provide backup from the bench.

The Kings beat the Jaguares in their last outing but have made four changes to their side for this week. Flanker CJ Velleman and fullback Malcolm Jaer both return from injury for the Kings.

Jaer replaces Jurgen Visser who is still recovering from a concussion sustained during the game against the Jaguares.

Stefan Willemse then shifts from left to right flank, to cover for Thembelani Bholi, who is out for the rest of the Super Rugby season after a knee operation during the June break.

Davids also brought Tom Botha up from the bench to start at Tighthead Prop in place of Jacobie Adriaanse, who is out with a calf strain.

Davids once again rotated flyhalves, with Elgar Watts getting a start while Louis Fouche moves to the bench. , Other changes to the bench include Sti Sithole and Luzuko Vulindlu.

The Bookies have given the Kings a 29 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Highlanders will have too much class for the Kings in this match. The Highlanders will win this comfortably by 21 points or more.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3.

Average score: Kings 27 Highlanders 34

Last result
11 May 2013 Kings v Highlanders 34-27 Port Elizabeth

Kings record against the Highlanders
Played 1 , Wins 1 , Losses 0 , Draws 0

Match No.115: Kings vs Highlanders
Date : Saturday 2 July 2016
Venue : Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick Off local: 17.20
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 2:Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO : Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Teams

Southern Kings

15. Malcolm Jaer , 14. Lukhanyo Am , 13. Stefan Watermeyer , 12. Shane Gates (VC) , 11. Wandile Mjekevu , 10. Elgar Watts , 09. Ntando Kebe , 08. Aidon Davis , 07. Stefan Willemse , 06. CJ Velleman , 05. JC Astle , 04. Steven Sykes (C) , 03. Tom Botha , 02. Edgar Marutlulle , 01. Schalk Ferreira

Replacements : 16. Martin Bezuidenhout , 17. Sti Sithole , 18. Justin Ackerman , 19. Schalk Oelofse , 20. Jacques Engelbrecht , 21. Kevin Luiters , 22. Louis Fouche , 23. Luzuko Vulindlu

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Ash Dixon , 3. Josh Hohneck , 4. Mark Reddish , 5. Tom Franklin , 6. Gareth Evans , 7. Shane Christie (C) , 8. Luke Whitelock , 9. Te Aihe Toma , 10. Marty Banks , 11. Ryan Tongia , 12. Rob Thompson , 13. Jason Emery , 14. Jack Wilson , 15. Matt Faddes

Replacements : 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate , 17. Aki Seiuli , 18. Siosuia Halanukonuka , 19. Liam Squire , 20. Dan Pryor , 21. Jamie Booth , 22. Lima Sopoaga , 23. Patrick Osborne

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