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Minimal changes from Kings

Minimal changes from Kings

Kings head coach Deon Davids maintained consistency in his selections by making minimal changes to the team that will face the Cheetahs.

Davids, who has led the 2017 Southern Kings side to their best season in the competition since the Eastern Cape franchise’s first involvement in Super Rugby since 2013, made just one change to his starting XV that beat the Bulls 31-30 at Loftus Versfeld last weekend.

Lock Wilhelm van der Sluys will make a return to the side after missing out of action last weekend due to a concussion, as he replaces Irne Herbst in the starting team.

In a slight positional switch, Lubabalo "Giant" Mtyanda, who put in a man-of-the-match winning performance in Pretoria while playing in the five jersey will don the four jersey worn by Herbst last weekend.

The rest of the starting XV remains the same.

Kings: 15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje (c), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Mzamo Majola

Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Irne Herbst/Mzwanele Zito, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Rudi van Rooyen, 22 Masixole Banda, 23 Waylon Murray/Yaw Penxe

Date: Friday, July 14

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Kick-off: 19:00 local (17:00 GMT)

Referee: Shuhei Kubo

Assistant Referees: AJ Jacobs, Cwengile Jadezweni

TMO: Shaun Veldsman

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