The success-hungry Eastern Province U21 side, after a loss to the Blue Bulls in their previous game, are facing a pivotal Currie Cup clash against Western Province at Framesby High School today (kickoff 3pm).
EP coach Darron Nell said his team were hurting after the narrow 34-27 loss against the Bulls in Pretoria and were looking to bounce back with a win against the table-topping WP side.
The Kings have a game in hand over their opponents and will be keen to make today’s game count.
“We had a good look at the Bulls game and there were couple of areas where we thought we could have been a little bit better,” Nell said.
“We have addressed that this week. If we can sort that out I think there can be a much-improved performance against WP.
“A lot of effort was put into the Bulls game and we were obviously disappointed at the result.
“There was no lack of effort, but maybe a bit of accuracy. That is something we have worked on this week. We want to be more accurate.
“This a special group of players. They don’t like losing and you could see there was a little bit of that in the guts this week.
“The guys were very disappointed in the loss, but they are fighters. I think this group will stand up and be counted for. They will be back.
“Western Province had a good win against the Sharks last week so their confidence will be high and we know they will come out hungry for the game,” Nell said.
The EP U19 team also face WP at Framesby at 1pm. The teams are: EP U21: Malcolm Jaer, Keanu Vers, Jeremy Ward (capt), Michael Brink, Mabhutana Peter, Garrick Mattheus, Sibusiso Ngcokovane, Justin Hollis, Robert Lyons, Jayson Reinecke, Gerrit Huisamen, Wynand Grassmann, Nicolaas Oosthuizen, JP Jamieson, David Murray. Replacements: Jedwyn Harty, Roche van Zyl, Wihan XCoetzer, Hayden Tharratt, Rouche Nel, Simon Bolze, Molapo JIxie.
EP U19: Courtney Winnaar, Victor Foster, Jonathan Booysen, Oyisa Hackula, Yaw Penxe, Morgan Steyn, Louis Strydom, Michael de Marco (capt), Kamvelihle Dilima, Ruben Le Roux, Donavan Stevens, Janse Roux, Dylan Barendse, Duan du Plessis, Carolus van Niekerk. Replacements: Salem Lutho, Grant Venter, Danil Voigt, Ntokoza Molapo, KIam Blake-Taylor, Yomelela Keswa, Malan Marais, Riaan van Rensburg.