Darron Nell comes back from injury to captain a young and exciting Kings team to take on the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.
With 8 players currently unavailable for selection, the Kings will get an early test of their squad depth …
S.P. Marais, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Demetri Catrakilis, Shaun Venter, Kevin Buys, Virgile Lacombe, Steven and captain Luke Watson are all out due to injury, but it is not as if all those players are household names.
The side has a “Varsity Cup” feel to it, and while they might struggle with the physical stuff up front, it is a side that should they be given any space, might look to score tries from anywhere on the field.
Tighthead prop Grant Kemp, who has played Varsity Cup for both the Ikeys and the Tukkies, gets a start ahead of Ross Geldenhuys, and it will be a baptism of fire against one of the country’s strongest loosehead props – JC Janse van Rensburg.
Kings: 15 Elric van Vuuren, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Wayne Stevens, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Siyanda Grey, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Johan Herbst, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Mpho Mbiyozo, 6 Rynier Bernado, 5 Darron Nell (captain), 4 Tomas Leonardi, 3 Grant Kemp, 2 Boetie Britz, 1 Lizo Gqoboko.
Bench: 16 Dane van der Westhuizen, 17 Khwezi Mkhafu, 18 Ross Gelbenhuys, 19 Daniel Adongo, 20 Thabo Mamojelle, 21 Scott Mathie, 22 George Whitehead, 23 Scott van Breda.
Lions: 15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Andries Coetzee, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Derick Minnie, 7 JJ Breet, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)
Bench: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Gavin Annandale, 19 Warwick Tecklenberg, 20 Whestley Moolman, 21 Deon Helberg, 22 Ruhan Nel, 23 Dylan des Fountain
Referee: Marius Jonker