The Southern Kings’ winless run in the PRO14 competition continued on Saturday after their 42-17 defeat by Ulster in Port Elizabeth.
Coach Franco Smith has made two changes to the Cheetahs starting lineup for their third game of the PRO14 season against Johan van Graan’s Munster in Bloemfontein on Friday.
The Southern Kings suffered their second defeat in as many weeks going down 31-20 to Munster in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
It is easy to point out the dreadlocked hooker Joseph Dweba in a Cheetahs lineup, not the least because of his irrepressible form in the last few months.
The Southern Kings suffered a 27-31 defeat by the Cardiff Blues in Port Elizabeth on Saturday to open their PRO14 account on a disappointing note.
Lock JC Astle will lead a Southern Kings side featuring a blend of youth and experience against the Cardiff Blues, to kickoff their PRO14 season on Saturday.
Veteran scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar will lead out the Cheetahs when they begin their PRO14 campaign against the Glasgow Warriors on Friday night.
Cheetahs scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar and Southern Kings lock JC Astle say that both teams are excited about the upcoming Pro14 season.
Franco Smith will vacate his position as Cheetahs head coach at the end of the year to take over as Italy boss.
SA Rugby president Mark Alexander says they are close to adopting a draft system that will assist the Cheetahs and Kings with improving their squads.