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Match Preview – Isuzu Kings v Ospreys

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It is Round 20 and Ospreys are still in town this weekend playing the Isuzu Kings in PE.

The Kings played to a draw with the Dragons last weekend while Ospreys got a win over the Cheetahs to keep their hopes for the playoffs alive, if only slightly.

The Kings will play in their final home game for the season and will want to end with a win not just for themselves but for the loyal fans as well.

The Kings made a few changes to their side with Sibusiso Sithole, who is in line for his first appearance of the season.

Sithole comes in for the injured Tertius Kruger, who is ruled out with an ankle problem and Ulrich Beyers comes in for Michael Makase.

Alulutho Tshakweni is also back coming in for Schalk Ferreira, while Stephan Greeff is named at lock, with Dries van Schalkwyk shifting to blindside flanker, where he replaces Tienie Burger.

The Ospreys made one change to the team that defeated the Toyota Cheetahs.

Ma’afu Fia comes into the visitors’ starting line-up, coming in for Tom Botha.

Deon Davids said: We have had a few injuries that have forced us to make certain changes to our team.

“In certain positions, we have rotated some of the players, and we are happy to see a guy like Sbura Sithole back in action as he gets his first run of the season after a frustrating time out with injuries.

“Ospreys is a good side with international players, and we expect a tough encounter against them this Friday.

“We will be playing our last match at home for this current season and we want to end it off on a high in front of our loyal home crowd.”

Teams:

Isuzu Southern Kings: Beyers Ulrich, Klaasen Harlon, Sibusiso Sithole, Berton Klaasen, Bjorn Basson, Bader Pretorius, Stefan Ungerer, Alulutho Tshakweni, Michael Willemse, De-Jay Terblanche, Stephan Greeff, John-Charles Astle (c), Andisa Ntsila, Andries van Schalkwyk, Ruaan Lerm

Replacements: Alandre van Rooyen, Schalk Ferreira, Pieter Scholtz, Schalk Oelofse, Stephan de Wit, Rudi van Rooyen, Masixole Banda, Meli Rokoua

Ospreys: Dan Evans, Hanno Dirksen, Cory Allen, Owen Watkin, Keelan Giles, Luke Price, Aled Davies, Nicky Smith, Scott Baldwin, Ma’afu Fia, Adam Beard, Bradley Davies, Olly Cracknell, Justin Tipuric (C), James King

Replacements: Sam Parry, Gareth Thomas, Tom Botha, Dan Lydiate, Sam Cross, Matthew Aubrey, Sam Davies, Luke Morgan

Read more at https://www.pro14rugby.org/preview/preview-isuzu-southern-kings-v-ospreys/#QWQtlQzAdlzfHlXI.99

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