Bitter blow for Kings as Watson ruled out

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Other SA Teams on 8 Oct 2012 at 08:39
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EP Kings number 8 Luke Watson broke his ankle during his side’s big Currie Cup First Division semifinal win over the Leopards this weekend.

With a series of huge challenges facing the newly-promoted Kings, including, of course, the first division final, a promotion-relegation game to determine their inclusion in next year’s Currie Cup premier division and, of course, their opening set of games in next year’s Super Rugby chmapionship, the last thing they really need is to be without their talismanic captain.

Watson scored a try in the semi to take his personal tally for the season to 13, just one behind Leopards winger Allister Kettledas, who leads the competition, as the Kings thrashed the Leopards by 50 points to 27. Next week’s final sees them take on the Pumas, who beat the Griffons in the other semi.

Over the course of two matches so far, it’s been impossible to separate the Kings and the Pumas, with both league games ending in draws. The final should be a tense and evenly matched affair, with the loss of Watson perhaps tipping the scales in favour of the Pumas.


  • Hard luck to the Kings – pretty huge loss.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.10.12 08:55:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Big blow for the Kings!

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.10.12 08:58:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Go Pumas! Would love to see them in the CC again.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.10.12 09:06:34 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Without Watson I don’t see Kings beating Pumas or relegation games, they say one player don’t make a team but Watson’s really been leading from the front, Kings seemed pretty directionless without Watson in previous game.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.10.12 09:28:40 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @KingRiaan (Comment 3) : you won’t see them in the CC, even if Kings lose 1st div they still play promo/relegation game, its the team who finishes top of the log

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.10.12 09:32:34 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • As much as I would like to see the Pumas beat the Kings, it won’t happen. Home ground for the Kings and I bet the stadium will be packed, but the Kings won’t win the promotion/relegation match against the Bulls/Cheetahs or Griekwas

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.10.12 09:40:36 by Mutley Reply
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 5) :

    Has this been confirmed ?

    i heard stories about auto promotion to the CC for the Kings ?

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.10.12 10:37:29 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 5) : well that sucks πŸ™

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.10.12 10:42:20 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Zibbie (Comment 7) : I’ve heard similar stories along the lines that the Premier Division will simply be expanded to include an extra team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.10.12 10:47:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : I believe a team can’t have Super Rugby status without A division Currie Cup status. So we might get automatic qualification. Big blow to lose our skipper, it looked pretty against the Leopards last week, but Tiger Mangweni has stepped in to the captaincy before and we’ll be backing him to lead us to victory on Saturday. We managed to claw our way back to draw against the Pumas with 14 men,it’ll be tough but we can win it

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.10.12 10:59:48 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 10) : “I believe a team can’t have Super Rugby status without A division Currie Cup status.”

    Agreed but the Kings should have been included in this year’s Currie Cup (Premier Division) in order to allow them a higher level of competition as preparation for next year’s Super Rugby. But that’s SARU for you…

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.10.12 11:03:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : I completely agree that it should’ve started this year as opposed to next year after the Super Rugby comp

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.10.12 11:14:41 by Ludz Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : @Ludz (Comment 12) : promotion/relegation matches coming πŸ˜€

    simphiwe mayende actually messed up, the leopards player that injured luke never came through the gate at the ruck and went straight for luke’s leg…vuil!

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.10.12 17:05:16 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 13): me and the mates who were watching saw that oke came straight from the side, should’ve been a card, poor form by the ref

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.10.12 17:35:07 by Ludz Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) :

    im just spit balling here but should the Kings not earn the right to play CC ?

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.10.12 20:39:09 by Zibbie Reply
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