Isuzu Southern Kings name team to face Edinburgh Rugby

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Isuzu Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids named his match-day squad of 23 on Friday for the side’s opening Guinness PRO14 match for 2019.

The Port Elizabeth-based side will be taking on Scottish side Edinburgh in a Round 13 encounter at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday night. (Kick-off is 19h35 UK-time, 21h35 SA-time)

The forwards will have a front row that will start together for the first time as former Junior Springbok loosehead prop gets his first starting berth alongside tighthead Pieter Scholtz and hooker Alandre van Rooyen, who returns to the team after missing out of action in the Isuzu Southern Kings’ last match of 2018 with a concussion.

In the backline, Masixole Banda returns to fullback after playing at flyhalf against Benetton in the side’s previous match, with Martin du Toit returning to flyhalf. The centre pairing will see Harlon Klaasen once again partnering with Tertius Kruger. Winger Michael Makase also finds himself back in the starting XV for the Edinburgh clash.

“The guys have worked hard as we ended 2018 preparing for this opening match of the New Year. We have been fortunate to be able to select a strong side for this match and have maintained some consistency in our selection,” Davids said.

The side has also been boosted with the return of some players from injuries.

Experienced former Springbok scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius will make his debut for the Isuzu Southern Kings from the bench on Saturday after nursing a foot injury he sustained before the start of the 2018/19 season.

Also making a return to the side is hooker Michael Willemse, who will provide cover from the bench after recovering from a shoulder injury.

“We are happy to have guys like Sarel Pretorius and Michael Willemse back from injury. Their return gives us a bit of depth and experience on the bench. We hope that they will be able to give us the impact we will be looking for later on in the match,” said the Head Coach.

The Isuzu Southern Kings team that will face Edinburgh is:

Isuzu Southern Kings

15 Masixole Banda
14 Michael Makase
13 Harlon Klaasen
12 Tertius Kruger
11 Yaw Penxe
10 Martin Du Toit
9 Stefan Ungerer
1 Alulutho Tshakweni
2 Alandre Van Rooyen
3 Pieter Scholtz
4 Stephan Greeff
5 John-Charles Astle (C)
6 Cyril-John Velleman
7 Martinus Burger
8 Ruaan Lerm

Substitutes

16 Michael Willemse
17 Nicolaas Oosthuizen
18 Luvuyo Pupuma
19 Lubabalo Mtyanda
20 Andries van Schalkwyk
21 Sarel Pretorius
22 Berton Klaasen
23 Ntabeni Dukisa

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