Southern Kings vs Cheetahs Match Preview

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It’s that time of the year again where we get to welcome you back to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for more rugby action.

This week we open the 2014 programme with a friendly match between the Southern Kings and the Toyota Cheetahs, and we look forward to seeing all our loyal fans back supporting our team.

event overview for the match:

Gates Open:

16:00

Royal Lounge & Suites Open:

16:00

Kick-off:

17:00

Final Whistle:

18:30

Royal Lounge & Suites Close:

20:30

Gates Close:

19:30

 

Players;

The Southern Kings, currently under the guidance of caretaker coach Robbi Kempson, will take to the field against the Cheetahs with a mixture of experience and young up-and-coming players this weekend.

The team will be captained by rugby stalwart Darron Nell, who shared the captaincy role for the Southern Kings with Luke Watson and Andries Strauss in their Super Rugby debut season last year, with Ronnie Cooke – EP Kings Player of the Year last year –  as vice-captain.

Kempson said the team had been putting in the hours during their pre-season training and were keen to get out and play some rugby.

He said while the Southern Kings would not be playing Super Rugby themselves this year, they realised that these warm up matches were very important to the opposition teams.

“Obviously for the Cheetahs, Lions and Stormers these matches are an important part of their preparations for the Super Rugby season ahead and we want to ensure that we give them enough competition so that they have the best opportunity to prepare,” he said.

Nell said the mood among the players was high and that they were eager to take on the Cheetahs this weekend.

“There are a lot of youngsters and new faces in the team which has brought a new energy to the training. They have also had to learn a lot of new plays and lineout calls, but they’re really adapting well,” he said.

Nell said from a strength and conditioning point of view, the players were also in good form.

“While we did have a two and a half week break over Christmas, there were still training programmes that we had to follow, and all the guys tested well when they came back, and have worked really hard,” he said.

Nell said the players had also been working on a few new things, and said Kings supporters could expect to see some entertaining and exciting rugby.

“We have always had good support at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and would love to have the fans come out and support us on Saturday,” he said.

The Southern Kings play the Cheetahs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, the 25th of January. Gates open at 16:00 and the game kicks off at 17:00. Tickets are just R50 and are available through Computicket or the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium’s ticketing office.

The Southern Kings team:

1.      BG Uys

2.      Dane van der Westhuyzen

3.      Pieter Stemmet

4.      Steven Sykes              

5.      Rynier Bernardo

6.      Paul Schoeman

7.      Darron Nell                 (Captain)

8.      Devin Oosthuizen

9.      Jaco Grobler

10.  George Whitehead

11.  Michael Killian

12.  Dwayne Jenner

13.  Ronnie Cooke             (VC)

14.  Sergeal Petersen

15.  Siviwe Soyizwapi

Replacements:

16.  Albe de Swardt

17.  Brenden Olivier

18.  Vukile Sofisa

19.  Stephan Zaayman

20.  Stephan Greef

21.  Thembelani Bholi

22.  Claude Tshidibi

23.  Sonwabo Majola

24.  Shane Gates

25.  Ntabeni Dukisa

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