FORMER Blue Bulls flyhalf Tony Jantjies is expected to make his first start for the EP Kings when they face the Golden Lions in a friendly at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 5pm).
Jantjies, who played off the bench against the Cheetahs last Friday, will welcome the chance to stake his claim for a regular starting berth.
George Whitehead, who started for the Kings at flyhalf against the Cheetahs, did not train yesterday because of an ankle niggle which team doctor Konrad von Hagen said was not serious.
If Jantjies does start, Gary van Aswegen, who was the first-choice Kings flyhalf last season, will probably be on the bench for Saturday’s clash.
The arrival of Jantjies, younger brother of Springbok Elton Jantjies, is a big boost for the Kings, who lost nine consecutive matches in the Currie Cup Premier Division.
Spencer said when the signing was announced that Jantjies, 22, had the ability and talent to become world class.
“He is a young, exciting player, able to take the ball to the line and great on attack and defence. I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Other players expected to start against the Lions are Shane Gates, Siviwe “Shakes” Soyizwapi and Lizo Gqoboka as the Kings bid to build up a head of steam before their opening Vodacom Cup clash against defending champions Griquas.
The Kings have said they plan to field their best teams in the Vodacom Cup.
Other changes could see prop Tom Botha and hooker Martin Ferreira in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Kings Vodacom Cup head coach Mzwandile Stick put his players through a vigorous training session yesterday ahead of the team announcement today.
Fiery Tim Agaba, who started on the bench against the Cheetahs, is expected to make the starting lineup this week.
Last week, Stick said Gates, Soyizwapi and Van Aswegen had not been considered for the Cheetahs match because he knew what they were capable of.
The new signings included in the Kings starting lineup against the Cheetahs were lock Tazz Fuzani, flank Eital Bredenkamp and wing Luther Obi.
The curtainraiser to the Kings match is a Community Cup clash between PE Police and Durbanville-Bellville which kicks off at 3pm.