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Southern Kings off to New Zealand


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 14 Mar 2016 at 10:12
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After two heavy defeats at home against the Sharks and Chiefs, the Southern Kings are now left to face two New Zealand giants in New Zealand over the coarse of the next two weeks. Seven time Super Rugby champions Crusaders and the 2015 runners-up Hurricanes will be looking forward to hosting the Kings in anticipation of picking up maximum points against the visitors.

In both matches to date, the Kings were competitive for three quarters of the match, but the lack of fitness and experience off the bench hinderd them towards the end, which means a lot of expectation is put on the senior players to play a full eighty minute game.

Head coach Deon Davids said while it was going to be tough going up against two of the strongest teams in the competition he was looking forward to the tour.

“It’s going to be a challenging tour but it is also a great opportunity to grow as a team both on and off the field,” he said.

“We can use this opportunity to grow together as a team and to focus on some of the areas that still need work,” he said.

Davids said this included working on player’s concentration for the full 80 minutes of a game and minimising errors, especially in the 10 minutes leading up to half time and 10 minutes after half time.

“We will also need to work on our kicking, and to be more clinical and patient when we have the ball,” he said.

One of the unlucky players not making the trip, despite only returning this past Saturday against the Chiefs after recovering from an ACL injury is Jaco van Tonder. Van Tonder came on as a replacement early on in the second half and almost scored a try with one of his first touches after he poached a lose ball, but brilliant cover defence from the Chiefs pushed him into touch as he dotted down in the corner.

The Kings’ first match will be against Crusaders at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday the 19th followed by the Hurricanes on Friday the 25th at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Southern Kings tour group:

Forwards:
Schalk Ferreira Jacobie Adriaanse Sithembiso Sithole Tom Botha Justin Ackerman Edgar Marutlule Martin Bezuidenhout Martin Ferreira Steven Sykes JC Astle Schalk Oelofse Chris Cloete CJ Velleman Thembelani Bholi Stephan Willemse Jacques Engelbrecht

Backs:
Ntando Kebe Kevin Luiters Leighton Eksteen Elgar Watts Louis Fouche Shane Gates Stefan Watermeyer Malcolm Jaer Luzuko Vulindlu Jurgen Visser JP Du Plessis



29 Comments

  • And who, exactly, is footing the bill for this tour? Plane tickets, hotel accommodation, other travel incidentals, and so on, are all really expensive when your parent union is in liquidation.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.03.16 10:18:35 by josefgremlin Reply
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  • @josefgremlin (Comment 1) : SARU

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.03.16 10:21:43 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @josefgremlin (Comment 1) : the Southern Kings has nothing whatsoever to do with the EPRU. That was quite widely publicised at the time and really shouldn’t come as a surprise.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.03.16 10:22:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Well ‘nothing’ to do, in the same way the Sharks have ‘nothing’ to do with the Natal Sharks….so in actual fact quite a lot. It’s just convenient to use as an excuse to distance themselves from their own mistakes

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.03.16 10:24:40 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 4) : I think Rob means that right now they have nothing to do with the EPRU…and that’s right: right now they have everything to do with SARU…

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.03.16 10:34:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Natal Rugby as a Union manages the Sharks Super Rugby franchise, EPRU does not manage the Southern Kings, they not capable of doing this

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.03.16 10:34:53 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • I sort of hope they can take down some of our competition…but it’s not going to happen, so each week I’ll keep loading my fantasy league side with the chaps playing against the Kings… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.03.16 10:35:35 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 6) : Spot on…

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.03.16 10:36:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • In other words, Cheeky Watson does not benefit from the Super Rugby franchise

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.03.16 10:36:26 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • Yes true, now they are run by SARU, because EPRU is completely incompetent and corrupt.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.03.16 10:37:01 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 4) : no nothing as in 0%. SARU took control of the Kings Super rugby franchise!

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.03.16 10:40:52 by JD Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 6) : @Seth101 (Comment 10) : think it’s more accurate to say some people within EPRU are incompetent and corrupt! Must be one ore two people that can do their work if they’re allowed to do it!

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.03.16 10:43:56 by JD Reply
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  • What is sad is that people stay away because they think they spite Cheeky in doing so. In 2013 they had the 3rd highest attendance. First game had about 11 000 Chiefs game about 7700

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.03.16 10:45:16 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 12) : yes

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.03.16 10:46:15 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 4) : sorry, but that’s just blatantly untrue. I’m not trying to sugar coat anything, I’m simply stating a very easily verified fact.

    I get that people don’t like the Kings, but please, let’s stick to arguments htat are based on some shred of truth.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.03.16 10:46:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • Interesting that both teams that hardly had a pre-season to speak of (Kings, Sunwolves) remain competitive for about 60 minutes of the game before taking serious strain. Just goes to show how vital a proper pre-season is for ensuring your conditioning is up to scratch.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.03.16 10:48:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Apologies, so is it correct to assume that SARU are now, and forever more the ‘owners’ of Southern Kings?

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.03.16 10:58:37 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 17) : Well, they are definitely managing the franchise now. I don’t think “forever more” is the intention…and we certainly don’t know right now exactly what the road ahead looks like…

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.03.16 11:00:44 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 17) : I think more like temporary custodians until EPRU get their shit in order.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.03.16 11:03:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 18) :@robdylan (Comment 19) : Well if the EPRU has been liquidated, then surely there is no one to give the team back to, should they ever want to?

    I am not educated on liquidation laws.

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.03.16 11:04:01 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 20) : Sure, no one to give it back to right now. But liquidation doesn’t mean no more rugby union in the Eastern Cape for ever. It happens in football all the time. In fact, I think we could learn from the football setup of putting teams into administration when something like this happens…

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.03.16 11:06:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • One other thing, I think SANZAAAAAAR (did I get that right?) foots the travelling costs, not SARU?

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.03.16 11:08:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 20) : @pastorshark (Comment 21) : think they’re currently only under temporary liquidation, they have until 10 April (not 100% sure of the date) to pay the debt if they do not pay then only will they be liquidated.

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.03.16 11:34:25 by JD Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 22) : yes, it’s all part of the competition cost.

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.03.16 11:35:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • I feel for these guys they are in no shape for this tour,it’s going to do nobody any good that they get slaughtered in New Zealand.
    The people responsible for this farce should be named and shamed.

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.03.16 11:50:04 by The hound Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 22) : :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.03.16 12:04:31 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 20) : @pastorshark (Comment 21) : they’ll have to register a new business?

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.03.16 12:06:12 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 13) : must at least still be more than the few that pitched for the Bulls vs Rebels game.

    @pierre_mackie (Comment 27) : interesting thought and not sure what SARU constitution allows in such cases… Biggest irritation is that Crouse is still involved and there is no way as CEO he had no clue of the mess

    Having just been part of a team that was brought in to handle the Administration of local bank, if it is done properly EPRFU will gain hugely from the process. It is not going to pretty or cheap but can really result in clean up, removal of dead wood and unsavory practice and leave a slim-lined organization with quality processes and people. anyway, no credibility will be created in rugby circles, players or public until this happens. The biggest issue is that there is no clear set of individuals in the local club structures that can perform such a restructure or rebirth.

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.03.16 12:19:06 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 9) : So no free trips for Cheeky to see how the newly wed couple are doing? Shame.

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.03.16 13:22:24 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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