SUPER RUGBY PREVIEW : Kings vs Sunwolves



Kings head coach Deon Davids has made two changes to his starting line-up for their match with the Sunwolves in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Luzuko Vulindlu – who suffered a concussion in their 42-20 loss to the Hurricanes in Round Five – is replaced by Siyanda Grey on the wing.

Aidon Davis will make his first Super Rugby start for the Kings this season as he replaces Jacques Engelbrecht at number eight.

Good news for the Port Elizabeth side is that prop Schalk Ferreira is named amongst the replacements after recovering from a concussion that he picked up in the 57-24 loss to the Crusaders in Round Three.

Sunwolves head coach Mark Hammett changes four in the pack for their clash against the Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Hammett has kept his backline that narrowly lost, 30 27, to the Bulls in Singapore, unchanged.

Liaki Moli shifts from the back row and will scrum down on the blinside, Timonthy Bond replace Moli in the number five jersey. Shinnosuke Kakinaga comes in for Takuma Asahara in the front row.

Tomás Leonardi drops to the bench and Ed Quirk replaces him at number eight. The final change sees Yoshiya Hosoda named amongst the replacements making way for Moli at number six.

The Teams:

Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 CJ Velleman, 5 JC Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (c), 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sti Sithole
Replacements: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Jaco van Tonder

Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Viliami Lolohea, 13 Harumichi Tatekawa, 12 Yu Tamura, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Timothy Bond, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Shota Horie (c), 1 Keita Inagaki
Replacements: 16 Futoshi Mori, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Yoshiya Hosoda, 21 Tomás Leonardi, 22 Yuki Yatomi, 23 Mifiposeti Paea

Date: Saturday, April 2
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 17:05 local (16:05 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Referees: Cwengile Jadezweni, Rodney Bonaparte
TMO: Christie du Preez




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