The Southern Kings team announced for the Rebels game has remained relatively unchanged from the team that took on the Brumbies last weekend, with the only changes being Demetri Catrakilis and Shaun Venter, who return to the starting fifteen.
Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons said they had fundamentally decided to go with the same team following the game against the Brumbies.
“The structure of the 22 worked really well and the team put on a great performance againt the Brumbies last week,” he said.
Solomons said the only changes were Catrakilis and Venter, who came back on to start, with Siviwe “Shakes” Soyizwapi and Nicolas Vergallo, who moved back to the bench.
“Demetri returns to flyhalf, withGeorge moving back to fullback, while Shakes, who did really well for his debut, takes a spot on the bench,” he said.
Solomons said the team had built a good foundation in the game against the Brumbies and were looking to keep the momentum moving forward.
“The key for us is that we delivered a good performance against the Brumbies and we now want to build on that in the game against the Rebels,” he said.
Solomons said the team had had two good sessions earlier this week.
Southern Kings: George Whitehead, Sergeal Petersen, Waylon Murray, Andries Strauss (captain), Ronnie Cooke, Demetri Catrakillis, Shaun Venter; Cornell du Preez, Wimpie van der Walt, Devin Oosthuizen, Rynier Bernardo, Steven Sykes, Grant Kemp, Hannes Franklin, Schalk Ferreira. Replacements: Bandise Maku, Kevin Buys, David Bulbring, Jacques Engelbrecht, Nicolas Vergallo, Marcello Sampson, Siviwe Soyzwapi.