Kings first outing

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Lions, Original Content on 12 Feb 2013 at 11:10
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The Kings faced the Lions in their first outing on Saturday in what some in the media called a “grudge” match, even though it was downplayed by Lions coach Johan Ackermann you can bet it was not the case for those Lions supporters turning out to watch the game.

The Kings travelled to Johannesburg without the services of some of their first choice players; Hannes Franklin, Jaco Engels, Steven Sykes, Cornell du Preez, Luke Watson, Nicolas Vergallo, Demetri Catrakilis, Andries Strauss, Waylon Murray, Michael Killian and SP Marais.

The Kings managed to cross the try line first when captain Darron Nell went over in the 21st minute, conversion by Wesley Dunlop to take a 7 – 3 lead. Kings learned a vital lesson in how important it is to secure your ball from the kickoff, Siyanda Grey dropped the ball inside his 22 that led to the Lions first try to bring the score to 10 – 7.

For the first 40 minutes the Kings were mainly on the back foot and had to do all the defending while the Lions were running from all angles, which led to another two tries before the half time break, Lions taking a 22 -7 lead at the break.

The Kings looked a bit better in the second half and replacement Daniel Adongo brought some much needed spark to the forward pack, and also had a role to play in their second try in the 50th minute to bring the score to 27 -14.
Kings scrum half Johan Herbst had a few sneaky breaks from behind the ruck and managed to add his name to the score card as the Kings sneaked closer to the Lions score, 34 – 21 in the 65th minute.

The Kings managed to score another converted try through Hadleigh Parks to bring the score within seven points, 34 – 28. A penalty by George Whitehead brought the scores to 31 – 34.

Pressure was back on the Lions to avoid an embarrassing defeat by the Kings at their home ground, but kept a cool head when they got a penalty 5m out in the dying minutes and decided to set up the line out and drive it over. Kings forwards failed to match up to the Lions pack and they managed another successful drive from the line out, some of the Kings players asked the question of truck and trailer when the Lions went over, but the try was awarded.

Final score Lions 41 Kings 31.

My immediate thoughts are that the Kings will be defending and on the back foot for most of there games, but they will improve as the season continues, and might just surprise one or two teams.

They can’t afford to lose any of their big name players and a player like Luke Watson will be vital in the success of their first season.
It will be interesting to see what fire power the likes of Demetri Catrakilis, Andries Strauss, Michael Killian and SP Marais can offer the backs.

My second choice to Catrakilis will be Whitehead, he just looked a bit more in control then Dunlop in his ball distribution and his vision on the field.

Looking at their foreign situation they need to include Daniel Adongo, the way he man handled some of the Lions players could help the Kings when they face the Aussies and Kiwis who like to play in your face, then they can look at Nicolas Vergallo or Hadleigh Parks to add more strength to the back line as their second choice.

They were in no means embarrassed by the Lions and actually surprised a few doubting their ability, and how ever the season might develop if they face the Lions for a promo/relegation game it should be an interesting one not to miss.


  • wonder whats happened to megatron

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.02.13 11:18:25 by Poisy Reply
  • “The Kings managed to cross the try line first when captain Darron Nell went over in the 21st minute”….Correction!!It was Rynier Bernardo who scored the first try!:)

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.02.13 11:51:20 by robinrochelle Reply

  • @robinrochelle (Comment 2) : apologies

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.02.13 12:01:27 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 1) : yimi lo…angiyanga emfuleni!

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.02.13 12:34:19 by Megatron Reply

  • Nou genoeg gehad van die Konings wat net mooi niks beteken nie. Kan ons meer artiekels kry oor ons Haaie asseblief?

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.02.13 12:39:55 by Uli Reply
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  • http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Super15/Kings-pick-five-foreigners-20130212

    Oh this should work out well… 😛

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.02.13 15:21:16 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 6) : that’s the biggest load of sensationalist bullshit journalism I think I’ve ever seen… which is saying a lot.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.02.13 15:23:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : How so? 5 foreigners in the 35 man Super Rugby squad. It may have been posted for comments and hits, but does that make it untrue?

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.02.13 15:25:36 by klempie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I could not agree with you more. But it will be interesting to see where this goes in the next 2 weeks.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.02.13 15:49:56 by Viking Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 8) : it is completely untrue…. that 35-man squad is not the final Super Rugby squad. Super Rugby squads have 30 players, not 35.

    The Kings have already issued a release to counter this nonsense…. you reckon Sport24 will retract their nonsense though?

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.02.13 15:51:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 8) : I wonder if the regulations state that the 2 foreign players have to be the same 2 foreign players?

    If not then its a master stroke by the Kings. Just like the Sharks never really finalize their squad, maybe the Kings don’t need to either?

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.02.13 16:38:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : any idea where I can read the response and hopefully an explanation? I can’t see it on their website anywhere?

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.02.13 18:50:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : hang on….

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.02.13 19:03:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : http://www.rugby15.co.za/2013/02/sourthern-kings-statement-regard-super-rugby-squad/

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.02.13 19:03:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : I wonder if the typo is intentional 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.02.13 19:19:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : No real comment on whether they will drop the foreign players.

    The squad announced today is the wider squad that has been requested by SANZAR, and which had to be submitted to them ahead of the official start of the season, in line with their tournament rules and regulations.

    So it sounds like they are planning using all 5 if needed IMO. The squad submission is a requirement for the issue surrounding the Schalk Britzes etc. from playing in the last 2 or 3 games and not having been in the wider squad at all.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.02.13 19:26:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : 😆

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.02.13 19:32:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • It’s a fact that Cheeky will always b controversial and push his luck, what probably happened was SANZAR was looking for a reduced squad they announced one and the media labelled it as a final squad.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.02.13 19:34:54 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : the Kings will field who they like…. as long as they don’t have more than 2 foreign players in any matchday squad, nothing can be done about it.

    Everyone should drop this petty BS now, because it’s getting old. This “squad of 30” thing is a joke. You can pick any player that’s contracted to you for any game, regardless of whether they were named in your 30 or not at the start of the season.

    Where is the Sharks’ “squad of 30”? I guarantee if they had to name one, you’d see players like Heimar Williams and Gouws Prinsloo in there, who are’ likely to see gametime this year at all. You’d probably also not see the names of some people who definitely will get gametime.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.02.13 20:15:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : exactly.

    It all depends on the wording of the SARU regulation (and it is a SARU one not a SANZAR one) if it mentions 2 foreign players PER SEASON then the Kings are screwed, if not then they are safe IMO.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.02.13 20:47:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : it’s more a case of finding sticks with which to beat the Kings

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.02.13 22:13:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Fair enough.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.02.13 09:32:03 by klempie Reply


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