Kings team for Lions announced


The Kings will send largely a B-team to Ellis Park for their fixture against the Lions with a number of players unavailable due to injury.

Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons, said circumstances had dictated the nature of the team.

“We have taken a number of injuries to our players, which means that to a large degree the selection of our squad was taken out of our hands,” he said.

Solomons said following medical advice the following players were not available to field.

S.P. Marais, who had only just been cleared for contact training sessions

Siviwe “Shakes” Soyizwapi, who had suffered a back strain last week during practice, and was out for two to four weeks.

Demetri Catrakilis who was still recovering from a sore shoulder and who has only recently been cleared for full contact.

Shaun Venter, who was suffering from a groin strain following the match against SWD Franchise XV over the weekend.

Kevin Buys, who had a stiff back after the SWD game, and who had not been cleared by medical.

Virgile Lacombe, who popped a rib during the SWD game and who was out for three to six weeks.

Steven Sykes, who was still undergoing rehab following last season, and would not be played following medical advice.

Luke Watson had only just begun full training following his ankle injury last year, and would not be available following medical advice.


“The positive from this though, is that circumstances have given us the opportunity to allow our wider squad to take part,” said Solomons.

Solomons said he was confident that Darron Nell would do well in the position of captain, having had to sit out previous warm up matches due to injury.

The team is:

Backs: Elric van Vuuren, Marcello Sampson, Wayne Stevens (vice captain) Hadleigh Parkes, Siyanda Grey, Wesley Dunlop, Johan Herbst.

Forwards: Lizo Gqoboko, Boetie Britz, Grant Kemp, Tomas Leonardi, Darron Nell (captain) Rynier Bernado, Mpho Mbiyozo, Jacques Engelbrecht.

Replacements: Dane van der Westhuizen, Khwezi Mkhafu, Ross Gelbenhuys, Daniel Adongo, Thabo Mamojelle, Scott Mathie, George Whitehead and Scott van Breda

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  1. Whilst it’s ‘largely’ now a ‘B’ team it must be said the Lions are even worse off without what’s the tally… 8/10 of their best players?

    Training game all the same…

  2. I wonder if the Kings will really be as awful as everyone says. If it really is the case that they’re just awful & outclassed – an interesting bet would be the largest point margin loss this year. Over 60?

  3. Reply to Jacques(Bunny)Die wat nie hier is nie is elders!! @ 9:39 am:

    The Kings are not doing anything different to the other SA franchises. None of the other franchises picked their strongest teams for the warm-up games, why should the Kings?

    The season is long, coaches will manage their players accordingly. I know a lot of fans want to turn this into a revenge game, you will just have to wait a little longer for the possible relegation match.

  4. It was quite a happy event to see Cheetahs and Bulls and Sharks attired supporters attend the Ellis Park game between the Lions and SEC Twats yesterday.

    What was even more happiness inducing was the support the Lions had from Bulls, Cheetahs and Sharks supporters at Ellis Park…

  5. I only watched about 30min of this game so far and ma really impressed with the pace of the game – especially after watching a few months of NH rugby :whistling:

    Damn fast pace by both sides but defense is an option :roll: