Catrakilis, Venter back for Kings

Demetri Catrakilis has been named, along with halfback partner Shaun Venter, to start the match against the Rebels, after benching against the Brumbies.

The return of Catrakilis means George Whitehead, who held his own in the flyhalf jersey, moves back to fullback, meaning a return to the bench for Siviwe Soyzwapi.

The rest of the team remains unchanged as Alan Solomons and Matt Sexton have gone for consistency and continuity in an attempt to build from the draw against the Brumbies to a maiden victory on tour.

Waylon Murray and captain Andries Strauss remain in midfield with Ronnie Cooke playing on the wing. Cooke was quiet against the Brumbies, but should he get some more ball and get involved in the play, he can be deadly.

The unchanged pack will look to dominate the Rebels up front and build a good foundation for Catrakilis to put his exciting outside backs away.

Southern Kings: 15 George Whitehead, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Andries Strauss (captain), 11 Ronnie Cooke, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Devin Oosthuizen, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Grant Kemp, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Schalk Ferreira. Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Marcello Sampson, 22 Siviwe Soyzwapi.

By Richard Ferguson