The Kings Saga – Part 79: Voted off the island?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :EP Kings, Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 17 Jul 2012 at 08:00
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Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of South African rugby’s life as the ongoing Kings soap-opera-cum-debacle lurches towards yet another embarrassing back track. After weekend reports that Cheeky Watson and his merry band of New Zealanders had accepted a massive bribe to go away were quashed, SARU honcho Jurie Roux seems to have come up with yet another new strategy.

Let’s not forget, by the way, that this thing has been dragging on for months now, with each successive “big pow wow meeting” aimed at thrashing out the issue once and for all, cancelled or postponed indefinitely – usually at very short notice – in a clear indication that nobody at SARU has either the appetite or the cojones to actually solve this self-created problem. For those in need of a recap, the issue at heart is that the Kings were promised a 2013 Super Rugby spot earlier this year. SANZAR have since told South Africa that no, stupid,they’re not going to expand the competition to 16 teams next year, so it’s up to SARU to figure out which of the five current franchises will drop out.

The latest brainwave is to convene a meeting on August 16 (which I’m sure will be cancelled on August 14 if not later) in which the 14 provinces that control SA Rugby (don’t get me started about allowing important decisions to be made by those great business leaders who run the Griffons and the Valke) will be asked to vote on the fate of the Kings.

According to Die Burger, who as always have been “reliably informed” by an “impeccable source” (ja, whatever), the choices on the table will be something like this:
1. Kings play, Lions don’t
2. Lions move to PE and pretend to be the Kings
3. Lions and Cheetahs merge to once-more form the Cats, Kings get the spare spot
4. Lions play, Kings don’t

Interesting, no? I guess we’re in for a bit of a treat as ultimate Survivor Cheeky Watson moves into “Boston Rob” mode and works furiously to woo the notoriously fickle union presidents with the usual offerings of big lunches and fancy wines. I guess Kevin de Klerk and his crew will do the same and it will no doubt come down to the wire in a tense vote. Let’s just hope that come 16 August we can finally get a decision on this drawn-out mess that is creating major uncertainty for so many players across both teams. Time for the SARU tribe to speak and pick which torch to extinguish.


  • Cheeky, you are the weakest link . . . Goodbye

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.07.12 08:14:12 by Die Kriek Reply
  • Blah, blah blah blah….. ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.07.12 08:17:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • for what it’s worth, I favour either option 1 or option 3

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.07.12 08:20:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I favour option 5. We tell SANZAR how we want the tournament (Super 12)and give them the finger if they don’t like it. (If only SARU had the balls to do that)

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.07.12 08:30:28 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Kinda agree with you on that..

    Otherwise, should the Lions continue playing Super Rugby, this thing with the Kings will never go away, and will forever be a crises.

    Give the Kings the spot, and let them play whoever wants to play Super Rugby in a promotion relegation. Simple..

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.07.12 08:34:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I donโ€™t agree Rob. This whole idea needs to be scraped. The kings should get a team in the CC 1st and prove that they are worthy of a place. Yes, the Lions played like crap, but that doesnโ€™t justify a place for the Kings, they are 100 times worst than the Lions, Donโ€™t forget the Cheetahs donโ€™t deserve any of this, they have actually made progress in the Super 15 and I see them more like a Hurricanes type team from South Africa. They will be there all the time, might not always win, but always give some spectacular rugby.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.07.12 08:36:57 by Uli Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : 1 will turn out to 2 anyway. Where will the Kings get S15 quality players for next year unless they draft at least 7 Lions players – e.g. the likes of Jantjies, Strauss, Taute, Cilliers, Coetzee, Van der Merwe?

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.07.12 08:37:07 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 4) : I agree with that one.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.07.12 08:37:22 by Uli Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : Yes , A promotion relegation sound more fair, but to jsut drop the lions for the kings are madness, considering they are the CC champs, and also they did give the Kings a whipping of like 80-5 or soemthing at the start fot eh season

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.07.12 08:39:06 by Uli Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : Yea I dont see all the Lions players mvoing to PE, and then again whats the point? they might as well have kept the Lions then if the kings are all going to be Lions players.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.07.12 08:41:41 by Uli Reply
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  • The proposed scheme as I understood it, was to entrench the Kings for 3 years – meaning that the promotion-relegation would be between the 4th placed SA team and the Lions.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.07.12 08:42:57 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 11) : That sounds very sad indeed…

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.07.12 08:46:46 by Uli Reply
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  • They should just have it that the lasted placed Super rugby team , play promotion regulation tri-matches versus the CC winner, if the currie cup winner is already in the Super 15 then there is no reason for a relegation match.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.07.12 08:50:52 by Uli Reply
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  • Why the hell did they sign a contract with the Kings if they weren’t going to include them in the comp, why is there a debate after the decision, should this debate not have started before any pens were put to paper?

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.07.12 09:16:46 by Letgo Reply
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  • Never a dull moment in SA rugby. How bored the Aussies and New Zealanders must be! There monotony only ever interrupted by Quade Cooper robbing someone again or Zac Guildford forgetting where he left his clothes.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.07.12 10:04:47 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : @Letgo (Comment 14) :

    SARU = incompetent

    That is all… ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.07.12 10:08:52 by wpw Reply
  • 5. Sharks and Kings merge… Wasn’t that mentioned once… ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.07.12 10:47:52 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 17) : Mentioned? That is how it used to be. Remember the Coastal Sharks glory days?

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.07.12 10:51:45 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 17) : I suspect that would be the death of Megatron :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.07.12 11:39:05 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 19) : Bad vanmartin!! Now you made me like the idea ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.07.12 11:41:04 by Die Kriek Reply

  • I find this article to be in poor taste and an insult to the intelligence of SW bloggers.

    If we are not allowed to discuss the REAL reason why SARU has concocted this mess, then please refrain from posting updates on where they are in the process. It is extremely disingenuous.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.07.12 12:32:05 by klempie Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 17) : @Die Kriek (Comment 18) : @vanmartin (Comment 19) : In fact, just have a look at the broadcast coverage graphics. The little map they show where the teams are from at the start, STILL show a merged Natal and EC region representing the Sharks. ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.07.12 12:33:43 by klempie Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 14) : On this site, we are not ALLOWED to discuss the reason.

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.07.12 12:37:22 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 22) : I actually noticed that little graphic past Saturday, and it looked decidedly smaller than in previous weeks.

    It seemed to indicate only the KZN region. But before that it had it as both regions.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.07.12 12:47:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 21) : Bad day at the office? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.07.12 13:10:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Dudes, chill. ๐Ÿ˜Ž If the Kings get the spot they will be hoist with their own petard come the end of the competition when they finish stone last. Unless, that is, the Blues get even worse and the Lions don’t play.

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.07.12 13:33:52 by Shaz Reply

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