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Southern Kings vs Leinster Rugby
Pro14 Round 8 Conference B
NMU (Madibaz) Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Sunday, 4th November 2018, 14:45 (12:45 Irish time)

TV: Live on Eir Sports

Leinster play their only game this season in South Africa on Sunday afternoon.

Obviously this game is taking place in the shadow of the beginning of Ireland's Autumn International campaign but Leinster will want to keep their winning Pro14 run going while also giving valuable gametime to members of the wider squad. Last week Leinster were in Italy where they comfortably beat Treviso in an incredibly tedious match. But Leinster put in a professional performance and with a three week break before their next match at home to the Ospreys, they will want to sign off with another win.

Their task mightn't be that straightforward though, as the Kings have been showing some decent form this season, especially at home. They had a shock win over Glasgow and last week they pushed the Scarlets to the end, just going down to a late score in a 41-34 cracker of a match. The Kings Head Coach, Deon Davids, has made six changes and one positional switch to the team that lost last week.

There are three changes to the backline with Stephan Ungerer starting at scrum-half to make his Guinness PRO14 debut. A new centre pairing will see Tertius Kruger coming in at inside centre alongside Harlon Klaasen. Winger Michael Makase will start at right wing replacing Bjorn Basson and Yaw Penxe switches to the other wing. Justin Forwood returns to the starting XV at tighthead prop and Stephan Greeff will pair up with captain John-Charles Astle in the second row. A new backrow combination sees Martinus Burger joining openside flanker Stephan de Wit and Number eight Ruaan Lerm.

For Leinster there are seven changes to the team that started in Italy last week. Dave Kearney returns from injury to replace his brother Rob at full back. After scoring his first senior Leinster try last weekend Conor O'Brien gets a deserved start at inside centre and Noel Reid takes over the number ten jersey. In the pack Ed Byrne and Michael Bent come into the front row and Ross Molony comes in to partner skipper Scott Fardy in the second row. In the backrow Josh Murphy starts at blindside alongside Dan Leavy and Max Deegan.

The Kings look dangerous when the match is loose so Leinster should be looking to control the match through the pack and that should be enough.

Team Lineups

Southern Kings

Leinster Rugby
Teams Masixole Banda
15 Dave Kearney
Michael Makase
14 Adam Byrne
Harlon Klassen
13 Rory O'Loughlin
Tertius Kruger
12 Conor O'Brien
Yaw Penxe
11 Joe Tomane
Martin Du Toit
10 Noel Reid
Stephan Ungerer
9 Jamison Gibson-Park

Schalk Ferreira
1 Ed Byrne
Alandre Van Rooyen
2 James Tracy
Justin Forwood
3 Michael Bent
Stephan Greeff
4 Ross Molony
John-Charles Astle (C)
5 Scott Fardy (C)
Stephan De Wit
6 Josh Murphy
Martinus Burger
7 Dan Leavy
Ruaan Lerm
8 Max Deegan

Replacements Tango Balekile
16 Bryan Byrne
Luphumlo Mguca
17 Peter Dooley
Nicolaas Oosthuizen
18 Vakh Abdaladze
Dries Van Schalkwyk
19 Mick Kearney
CJ Velleman
Caelan Doris
Godlen Masimla
21 Hugh O'Sullivan
Berton Klassen
22 Ciaran Frawley
Meli Rokoua
23 Ton Daly

Not Considered
due to Injury

Will Connors,
Barry Daly,
Fergus McFadden
Officials Referee: Lloyd Linton (SRU),
Assistant Referees: Ben Crouse (SARU), Paul Mente (SARU),
TMO: Johann Greeffe (SARU)

by Jim O'Connor, © 2018-11-02