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Cloete passed fit for Southern Kings against Bulls




Southern Kings head coach Deon Davids has named his team to play the Bulls in Port Elizabeth this weekend and included a fit again Chris Cloete.

Davids said the medical team had passed Chris Cloete this morning, after he had sustained a dislocated finger during the Sunwolves match.

Cloete comes on for Velleman, who moves to the bench after having started against the Sunwolves in a rotational change.

Elsewhere Tom Botha moves from the bench to replace Jacobie Adriaanse, who is recovering from a rib injury.

Among the backs, scrumhalf Ntando Kebe moves to the bench, with James Hall, who has recovered from a neck injury, starting.

Stefan Watermeyer moves to inside centre to replace Shane Gates, who is batting with a foot injury, and Lukhanyo Am comes on at outside centre.

Luzuko Vulindlu comes back from a light concussion to replace Siyanda Grey on wing, after Grey sustained a knee injury during the Sunwolves match.

On the bench, the forwards pack includes replacement Justin Ackerman, in for Tom Botha who starts.

Davids said Elgar Watts was also out of contention for this week’s game, after battling with a hamstring injury, and that the team were still evaluating either Leighton Eksteen or JP du Plessis as alternates.

Southern Kings

15. Jurgen Visser , 14. Luzuko Vulindlu , 13. Lukhanyo Am , 12. Stefan Watermeyer , 11. Malcolm Jaer , 10. Louis Fouche , 09. James Hall , 08. Aidon Davis , 07. Stefan Willemse , 06. Chris Cloete , 05. JC Astle , 04. Steven Sykes (c) , 03. Tom Botha , 02. Edgar Marutlulle , 01. Sti Sithole

Replacements : 16. Martin Ferreira , 17. Schalk Ferreira , 18. Justin Ackerman , 19. Schalk Oelofse , 20. CJ Velleman , 21. Ntando Kebe , 22. Leighton Eksteen / JP du Plessis , Jaco van Tonder

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