The Southern Kings have named their team to play the Waratahs in Port Elizabeth on Saturday with Sergeal Petersen returning to the starting line up.
After missing the Kings’ past two games against the Bulls and Cheetahs because
of a groin strain, Petersen will add extra bite to the home-team’s attack for
what promises to be a fiery showdown.
“It is great to have Sergeal back for the Waratahs clash,” said Kings
skipper Andries Strauss.
“Sergeal is obviously a good talent and has proved to be a good finisher
for us in the past couple of games. It is good to have that brilliance back
in the backline and I hope he can start off where he finished off for us.”
The much anticipated return of Petersen is the only change to the Kings team
that lost 26-12 to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
After scoring two dazzling tries on his debut against the Western Force in
February, Kings fans will be hoping for some more magic from the young wing.
Last week Petersen was chosen for the Baby Bok team to compete at the Junior
World Cup in France next month.
In their past two matches the Kings have failed to score a try, and Petersen
will add extra cut and thrust to the backline.
Petersen takes the place of Michael Killian, who moves down to the EP Kings
team that will face the Bulls in a Vodacom Cup quarter-final showdown in Pretoria
With first-choice skipper Luke Watson still on the bench, Strauss retains the
captaincy, while Steven Sykes will lead the forwards against the Australians.
Watson, who made his comeback after a throat injury by leading the team against
the Bulls, came off the bench against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
“Luke is making good progress,” Kings director of rugby Alan Solomons
“He will get more game time and we are pretty positive that he should
be able to start the following week against the Highlanders.
“That is a big positive for us, so things are going well.”
15. George Whitehead , 14. Sergeal Petersen , 13. Ronnie Cooke , 12. Andries Strauss (Captain) , 11. Siyanda Grey , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Shaun Venter , 8. Jacques Engelbrecht , 7. Wimpie van der Walt , , 6. Cornell du Preez 5. Rynier Bernado ,4. Steve Sykes (Vice Captain) , 3. Kevin Buys , 2. Bandise Maku ,1. Schalk Ferreira
Replacements : 16. Virgile Lacombe , 17. Grant Kemp , 18. David Bulbring , 19. Luke Watson , 20. Nicolas Vergallo , 21. Waylon Murray , 22. Siviwe Soyizwapi