GIANT lock Tazz Fuzani says his EP Kings team will not back down from the fierce physical confrontation that Griquas will pose in a Vodacom Cup clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
“I am looking forward to the game and I like guys who present a challenge and bring physicality to the game,” the former Western Province lock said.
“Whenever I have played against Griquas – the last time was at Newlands – it has been physical.
“I do not want to put myself under pressure, but I know I need to produce on Saturday.”
Fuzani is confident the Kings can make an impression in the Vodacom Cup this year.
The bustling lock joined the Kings from Western Province at the end of last season and is set to become a key man in the EP pack.
“We are not a big side, but I think we have quick players with beautiful footwork and speed. The Kings are also not bad when it comes to the physical side and we can face any challenge.”
Kings head Vodacom Cup coach Mzwandile Stick says Fuzani had to be roused into action ahead of last week’s friendly against a Golden Lions XV after a debut match against the Free State Cheetahs the previous week.
“We have been tough on Tazz because we know he has the potential to become one of those tough No 4s. Sometimes players do not see what they are capable of and as coaches it is our job to let them believe that they can do it,” Stick said “As you could see in the first half Tazz was everywhere on the field making big hits and carrying the ball very well against the Lions.
“There was also good leadership in the pack and David Bulbring also came in and he kept all the boys together. The guys were up for the challenge against the Lions.”
Fuzani said he had firm instructions ahead of the Lions game.
“I was told in my role in the No 4 jersey I needed to produce on the physical side . . . and that I needed to approach the rucks very aggressively so we can get clean ball. I was also told I needed to be more physical in carrying the ball.”
The Kings have made only two changes to the starting lineup that beat the Lions 13-8 last week.
Flyhalf Gary van Aswegen comes in for Tony Jantjies, who has a hamstring injury, and Siyanda Grey takes the place of Luther Obi, who took a blow to the ribs against the Lions.