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Preview: Golden Lions v EP Kings

 Aug 15,2014
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

The Lions will be expected to continue with their fine form, when they host the tournament newbies, but they can expect the Kings to put up a brave fight.

The home side's dominant performance against the Blue Bulls, in last weekend's opener, came at a cost when their Springbok fly-half Marnitz Boshoff suffered a broken arm and all eyes will be on his replacement, Jaco van der Walt.

Lions boss Johan Ackermann is not getting carried away and expects the young pivot to do well.

"This is an opportunity for Jaco van der Walt to get that exposure sooner than we had in mind but it is now time for him to grab that jersey and make it his," he said.

"He is a good kid, he's got the pedigree, what helped him was the fact that he didn't play under-19 rugby last year he jumped straight into under-21 rugby. That gave him a lot of confidence and we told him that with Elton Jantjies going he will get exposure at senior level."

Although the Kings are one of the two new sides in the tournament - along with the Pumas - they will look to target Van der Walt. Although they lost their opening fixture, the Kings were competitive in that match against WP.

Their coach Carlos Spencer hs kept faith by retaining his run-on side from that match. The visitors have been boosted, however, by veteran lock Steven Sykes' inclusion on their bench.

Spencer said Sykes would come off the bench during the match.

"We don't think Steven has had quite enough game time after two to three months off at this stage, but we will definitely use him off the bench."

Both sides are renowned for their attacking game-plans, which could mean that there will be plenty of end-to-end action and don't be surprised if there is a try-feast.

Prediction:The Lions will take the spoils in this high-scoring affair. Lions to win by 15 points!

Put your money where your mouth is

The teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 MB Lusaseni, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Guy Cronje, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Howard Mnisi.

Kings: 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Ronnie Cooke, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Tobie Botes, 8 Luke Watson (capt), 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Cummins, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Albe de Swardt, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Aidon Davis, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Ntabeni Dukisa.

Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Francois Pretorius, Sieg van Staden
Television match official: Willie Vos

 

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