Tahs coach Micheal Chieka has made one change to the starting side that lost 33-19 to the Bulls in what was a closer game than the score line may suggest.
– Peter Betham starts on the wing.
– Tom Kingston gets a rest on the bench.
– Debutant Lock Will Skelton is included on the bench.
While the Waratahs are expected to win the match, assistant coach Alan Gaffney warned the of complacency as the Kings only two victories in the competition have been against Australian sided.
“The Kings have a hard-working forward pack and they’re coached by Alan Solomons, a guy who’s been around the block a long, long time, having coached Ulster when I was with Munster, and Northampton in the early 2000s,” said Gaffney.
“He’s a very astute guy and he’s got a hard-working squad with a lot of pace and a strong kicking game – an extremely long and astute kicking game. You saw it against the Rebels, they had ability to kick the ball 65m on the fly – that’s a fair kick when you’re not at altitude!
“We have got to approach this game as a battle, but that’s no different to what we’ve been doing. The attitude in the squad is great, we don’t treat any game easier than the next game – you can’t in this competition. Over the years there have been too many examples of what can happen if you don’t pay everyone the respect they deserve. We won’t make that mistake this weekend.”
The Waratahs travel to PE to take on the Kings on Saturday, KO 17:05 CAT (16:05 BST)
1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Sitaleki Timani , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c) , 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Brendan McKibbin , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Peter Betham , 12. Rob Horne , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Cam Crawford , 15. Israel Folau
Replacements : 16 John Ulugia ,17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Will Skelton ,19. Mitchell Chapman , 20..Pat McCutcheon ,21. Matt Lucas ,22. Ben Volavola,23.Tom Kingston