Super Rugby

Kings make five changes for Hurricanes




Southern Kings head coach Deon Davids has named a team with five changes to the starting line up for this weekend’s match against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.

Up front Edgar Marutlulle moves up from the bench to replace Schalk Ferreira, who came off the field against the Crusaders in the 8th minute, and who has subsequently returned to Nelson Mandela Bay with a concussion.

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 to Nelson Mandela Bay after being diagnosed with a hamstring tear following the Crusaders match.

One change in the backs sees Ntando Kebe return to the starting line up 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.

Southern Kings

15 Jurgen Visser , 14 Luzuko Vulindlu , 13 Stefan Watermeyer , 12 Shane Gates (vc) , 11 Malcolm Jaer , 10 Louis Fouche , 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

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