King Watson returns to face Bulls

June 17, 2014
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After a lengthy layoff through a foot injury, Luke Watson returns to lead the EP Kings against the Bulls in a friendly in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
The 30-year-old loose forward was named by coach Carlos Spencer as captain of the team and will lead the side from the back of the scrum.
Watson has been out of rugby since Super Rugby competition last year, having been hampered by a broken foot bone.
“The injury was actually initially misdiagnosed and I played a few games last year with a broken bone,” Watson said on Tuesday.
“So the recovery has been a long process but I am really excited to be back and looking forward to helping the EP Kings.
“We know we have a long way to go and are far from the finished article, but we are enjoying Carlos’ input and being allowed a bit of freedom in the way we play the game.”
Spencer made several changes from the team which faced Wales last week and said the matches were a chance to “have a look at all the players”.
After playing the Bulls on Friday, the Kings will host the Sharks on July 4 before turning their attention to the Currie Cup, starting in August.
“We are just taking it a game at a time and making sure everyone gets some game time,” Spencer said.
“There were quite a few things we needed to work on after the Wales game such as missed tackles, ball retention and better cleaning out, and we have focused on those things for the last week.”
Veteran lock Darron Nell will spend some time on the bench as Spencer ran the rule over Steven Cummins and Cameron Lindsay on Friday, while former Sharks player, Tim Whitehead would make his first appearance for the Kings at outside centre.
Whitehead was considered superfluous to the Sharks’ requirements this season and will be keen to make an early impression on Friday, partnering Dwayne Jenner in the midfield.
Scrumhalf Jaco Grobler gets a chance to start, with Kevin Luiters on the bench, while Scott van Breda, who played wing against Wales was moved to fullback.
EP Kings: 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Dwayne Jenner, 11 Ntabeni Dukisa, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Jaco Grobler, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Paul Schoeman, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Steven Cummins, 3 Simon Kerrod, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1BG Uys.
Replacements: 16 Dane van der Westhuizen, 17 Brenden Olivier, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Darron Nell, 20 Devin Oosthuizen, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Shane Gates, 23 Hansie Graaff.
Date: Friday, June 20
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Local
Source: Rugby365

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9 Comments

  1. avatar David Spohr says:
    June 17th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    What a pity…

  2. avatar Anton Smith says:
    June 17th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Eerder puke king ja…………..:-) :-)

  3. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Good Player welcome back Luke.

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    @Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa: He was a good player when he played for the Sharks after that he was just puking around ….. :)

  5. avatar Aldo says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Ag nee Bunny, give the puke thing a rest now.

    I dont like Luke, I dont like the way he walks, the way he talks, he is arrogant, or seems anyway, he seems to be using daddy’s political connections to get his way. But that is all just opinions of my own, not facts. He is a good hard player. Just one of those types I’ll never like. He has the ability to polarise people, you either like or dislike him, there is no middle ground there.

    But he should be judged on his playing and allthough he hasnt set the world alight the last couple of seasons, he has been injured a lot. So get back and get stuck in Luke, you have allways been good, now maybe regain that form.

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    @Aldo: You are what you make yourself out to be….

    You are also the product of your own actions and you don’t get any sympathy from me once you cross that line and take out my culture, my heritage and my people….

    I lost all respect for him as i did for Frans and that is the way I am…..

    He will make no difference to a Kings side and will just take up a place of a youngster.

    I wished they played the game at Loftus so that we can put some banners together again.

    Still remember the one at Loftus stating: ” Luke, welcome to Loftus, the home of 50 000 Dutchmen”

  7. avatar DavidS says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Luke kan in sy moer ingaan…. ek het geen simaptie of liking vir hom nie… jy maak jou bedjie jy slaap op hom…

  8. avatar Boertjie says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Vir ‘n verandering is ek dit eens met Dawie.
    Fok Luke.
    En fok Frans Steyn ook.

    Ek hoor die rede vir die baie tattoes op Hougaard
    se arms is dis glo al manier wat hy al die
    strategiese roepe kan onthou.

    :Boertjie GOM:

  9. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    June 19th, 2014 at 6:26 am

    @Boertjie: as they say in the cape lyk vir my jy was gemoer met n nat Argus.

    Its marketing baby…

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