FNB UP-Tuks Young Guns head coach, Dewey Swartbooi, has had to make a few injury enforced changes to his match day squad that comfortably beat their FNB Wits counterparts 47-0 last Monday.
In the backs, Litha Nkula comes in at left wing while amongst the forwards, Khwezi Mafu starts at no.8 and O’Neil Thiart will pack down at loosehead. On the bench, Hanru Sirgel, Wian van Niekerk and Luke Fortuin will get their first taste of the 2017 season if they come on to the field.
Swartbooi has issued a warning to his charges about the dangers of complacency ahead of their meeting with FNB UJ Young Guns.
“I told the guys that this is a new match with new challenges. We played UJ in the final last year so they know how to play well,” said Swartbooi.
“On top of that, the U19 Golden Lions lifted the U19 Provincial Championship last year and there will be a few of those players in the UJ team. We need to be cautious of them and play to our strengths,” he added.
FNB UP-Tuks Young Guns are set to take on FNB UJ Young Guns at the UJ Rugby Stadium on Monday, 20 February. Kick-off is scheduled for 16:15.
FNB UP-Tuks Young Guns: 15. Earll Douwrie, 14. Ciaran Dayaram, 13. Heino Bezuidenhout, 12. Boeta Hamman, 11. Litha Nkula, 10. Theo Boshoff, 9. Embrose Papier, 8. Khwezi Mafu, 7. Jaco Bezuidenhout, 6. Vic Meyer, 5. Erik Groenwalt, 4. Adriaan Burger, 3. Ngonie Moyo, 2. Johan Grobbelaar (c), 1. O’Neil Thiart.
Replacements: 16. Werner Fourie, 17. Etienne Janeke, 18. Evan Booysen, 19. Hanru Sirgel, 20. Joshua Allderman, 21. Wian van Niekerk, 22. Irvin Ali, 23. Luke Fortuin.
By Dan Lombard