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Southern Kings’ former Junior Springbok, Elrigh Louw, is eager to face his former team when the two sides square up.
The 20-year-old loose forward has been one of the standout players in the Kings team so far this season, playing in all nine fixtures the Port Elizabeth-based side has featured in.
Louw was one of the players who came off the field dejected following the narrow 30-31 defeat to the Cheetahs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium last week.
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However, the focus has shifted to one of excitement this week as he and his compeers travel to the Free State Stadium this week to face his former side.
“We are really excited. Personally, I can’t wait to take to the field and make a statement,” said Louw ahead of the second of three South African derbies. “We threw the previous game away in the dying seconds, so we have an opportunity to make amends this week.”
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Just as the previous fixture was a tough, physical contest, Louw is under no illusions that things will be any less gruelling in the city of roses this week. “If you thought the battle in PE was tough, there is something bigger that’s coming this weekend in Bloemfontein,” he said.
“They are going to play a fast game – quick lineouts, quick throw-ins. But we will play at our own tempo and have a good go at them. We have an internal plan and goal. We don’t want to lose sight of that, and we will take it a step at a time.”
CHEETAHS: 1. Charles Marais, 2. Joseph Dweba, 3. Aranos Coetzee, 4. Walt Steenkamp, 5. JP du Preez, 6. Chris Massyn, 7. Junior Pokomela, 8. Jasper Wiese; 9. Ruan Pienaar (Capt), 10. Tian Schoeman; 11. Rabz Maxwane, 12. Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 13. William Small-Smith, 14. Clayton Blommetjies, 15. Rhyno Smith. Reps: 16. Wilmar Arnoldi, 17. Boan Venter, 18. Luan de Bruin, 19. Aidon Davis, 20. Daniel Maartens, 21. Tian Meyer, 22. Louis Fouche, 23. Chris Smit.
SOUTHERN KINGS: 1. Cameron Dawson, 2. Jacques du Toit (capt), 3. Rossouw de Klerk, 4. JC Astle, 5. Jerry Sexton, 6. Ruaan Lerm, 7. Thembelani Bholi, 8. Elrigh Louw; 9. Theo Maree, 10. Bader Pretorius; 11. Erich Cronje, 12. JT Jackson, 13. Sibusiso Sithole, 14. Yaw Penxe, 15. Andell Loubser. Rep: 16. Alandre van Rooyen, 17. Schalk Ferreira, 18. Ig Prinsloo, 19. Bobby de Wee, 20. Lusanda Badiyana, 21. Josh Allderman, 22. Demetri Catrakilis, 23. Howard Mnisi.
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