Southern Kings team to face Toyota Cheetahs

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor
27 April 2018

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There were a raft of changes made, some positional and some injury-enforced, to the Southern Kings team when Head Coach Deon Davids released his match-day squad to take on the Toyota Cheetahs in the franchise’s final GUINNESS PRO14 Championship match of the season at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The back line sees the exciting Masixole Banda – deployed exclusively as fullback this season – get his first start at flyhalf with Yaw Penxe moving from the wing into the number 15 jersey. 

​​Harlon Klaasen is drafted in on the wing vacated by Penxe. Ntabeni Dukisa who did duty at flyhalf in the Kings’ last match against the Cardiff Blues switches to inside centre in place of Luzuko Vulindlu with Jacques Nel selected outside him in preference to Berton Klaasen. Nel also takes over the captain’s armband for the day as a result of regular skipper Schalk Ferreira being unavailable due to injury.

Ferreira’s unavailability means there is a start in the number 1 jersey for Justin Forwood who makes a welcome return to action after a long-term injury. 

​​Other changes amongst the forwards see Stephan Greeff re-united with regular lock partner Bobby De Wee and Lubabalo Mtyanda moved to the bench. 

The loose forwards have also been re-arranged with only Marthinus Burger retaining his place after the Cardiff Blues encounter and Khaya Majola (flank) and Dries Van Schalkwyk (number 8) replacing Lusanda Badiyana and Ruaan Lerm respectively.

Davids has made three changes to the Kings bench. Dayan Van Der Westhuizen returns as replacement prop to fill the void left by Forwood’s promotion to the starting XV whilst JP Smith and JC Roos are also included as backline cover. 

Coach Davids acknowledged that the Cheetahs would present a formidable challenge at the end of what has been a long and difficult season for the Kings but said his team were determined to turn in a good “farewell” performance for their fans. “We’ve had to learn a lot in a short space of time this season but this team has always given 100% and I expect no different tomorrow,” he said.

The day has been given a festival air with a number of exciting curtain raisers lined up for fans to enjoy. The B-Field will host three Standard Bank Grey Rugby Festival schools fixtures starting at 11h00 and the main field will see the EP Elephants take on neighbours SWD Eagles in a Supersport Challenge encounter at 12h15.

The match between the Kings and the Cheetahs will kick off at 15h00.

South gate in Fettes Road will open at 10h00 and all other gates will open at 11h30. Tickets are available at the Stadium TicketPro office or at 

Southern Kings

1. Justin Forwood
2. Stephan Coetzee
3. Rossouw de Klerk 
4. Stephan Greeff
5. Bobby de Wee
6. Khaya Majola
7. Martinus Burger
8. Dries van Schalkwyk 
9. Godlen Masimla 
10. Masixole Banda
11. Harlon Klaasen
12. Ntabeni Dukisa 
13. Jacques Nel
14. Michael Makase 
15. Yaw Penxe 


16 Tango Balekile 
17. Dayan van der Westhuizen 
18. Luvuyo Pupuma 
19. Lindokuhle Welemu
20. Lubabalo Mtyanda 
21. Lusanda Badiyana 
22. JP Smith 
23. JC Roos

Jacques Nel

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