Super Rugby preview: Southern Kings v Stormers
Last Updated: 06/07/13 4:36pm
The Southern Kings have named an unchanged starting line-up for their penultimate Super Rugby match against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.
Kings coach Alan Solomons' lone change to the 22-man squad sees veteran lock Steven Sykes return to the bench following an injury lay-off, meaning Rynier Bernardo is left out.
Sykes will be looking to get game time under his belt with the Super Rugby promotion/relegation play-offs against the Golden Lions coming up at the end of July.
Young winger Sergeal Petersen is unavailable for selection, but is expected to make an appearance in the Eastern Province Currie Cup side against the Griffons on Saturday.
The Round 19 clash will be the final game in Port Elizabeth for the Kings, who are yet to beat a South African opponent in their 2013 campaign.
Meanwhile, Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee has made one change to his starting XV which beat the Cheetahs 28-3 last weekend.
Don Armand comes into the side at openside flanker to replace the injured Siya Kilisi who took a blow to the ankle leaving him out of the tie which can be seen live on Sky Sports 4 from 4pm.
Spingbok prop Pat Cilliers and Rynhardt Elstadt both return from injury to take their place on the bench for the trip to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The inclusion of Cilliers means Ross Geldenhuys is left out of the match-day 22 while scrum-half Nic Groom re-joins the squad to replace Dewaldt Duvenage.
Kings: 15 SP Marais, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss (capt), 11 Michael Killian, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 Darron Nell, 4 David Bulbring, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Grant Kemp, 17 Hannes Franklin, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Devin Oosthuizen, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Shane Gates.
Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Don Armand, 6 Deon Fourie (capt), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.
What they said...
Southern Kings Director of Rugby Alan Solomons
"We are looking forward to playing in front of a big crowd and we are determined to put in a good performance.
"We were very disappointed with the effort against the Bulls, not that there was any lack of commitment, but the players just did not play well."
Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee
"I know, from experience, that it's best to forget about our win over the Cheetahs and we've put in the hard yards ahead of the Southern Kings game.
"We still want to improve our log position and keep building on what we've been working on during June. I was obviously very pleased with the Cheetahs game, and it gives one confidence, but our plan has always been to win these last three games; that is where the focus is."
Sat 23rd May - Overall Group
Blues5 - 29Hurricanes
Waratahs32 - 22Crusaders
Western Force3 - 23Highlanders
Cheetahs17 - 40Lions
Stormers31 - 15Melbourne Rebels
Fri 29th May - Overall Group
Crusaders0 - 0Hurricanes
Brumbies0 - 0Bulls
Sharks0 - 0Melbourne Rebels
Sat 30th May - Overall Group
Highlanders0 - 0Chiefs
Western Force0 - 0Reds
Stormers0 - 0Cheetahs
Lions0 - 0Waratahs
Fri 5th Jun - Overall Group
Hurricanes0 - 0Highlanders
Western Force0 - 0Brumbies
Sat 6th Jun - Overall Group
Melbourne Rebels0 - 0Bulls
Blues0 - 0Crusaders
Reds0 - 0Chiefs
Cheetahs0 - 0Waratahs
Stormers0 - 0Lions
Fri 12th Jun - Overall Group
Blues0 - 0Highlanders
Melbourne Rebels0 - 0Western Force
Sat 13th Jun - Overall Group
Brumbies0 - 0Crusaders
Chiefs0 - 0Hurricanes
Waratahs0 - 0Reds
Bulls0 - 0Cheetahs
Sharks0 - 0Stormers
Super Rugby 2013 Round 19
The Bulls moved back to the top of the Super Rugby standings following a nail-biting 20-19 victory over the Sharks.
The Cheetahs ran in three tries as they beat the Blues 34-19 on Saturday to seal a place in the Super Rugby play-offs.
Highlanders ran in six tries as they recorded a 49-44 victory over the Hurricanes in a thrilling Wellington encounter.