Kings: Team effort

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Super Rugby on 27 Feb 2013 at 11:30
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Saturday was truly an historic evening in Eastern Province rugby, not just for the fact that the Southern Kings played their first Super Rugby game but they also managed to secure their first win against the Western Force, also something none of the other newly added teams could do.

The Cheetahs went down to the Bulls 30 – 18, Brumbies were too strong for the Force beating them 25 – 10 and Waratahs thumped the Rebels 43 – 0. The Force might not have had the best start to this years Super Rugby losing 23 – 30 to the Rebels, and might just finish bottom of this years combined log.

The Kings might not have had the best build up the their campaign and really needed something special from all the players. Kings started the game defending like their lives were depending on it and made 194 (90%) tackles to Force’s 108 (76%), David Bullbring making the most tackles 23 in total. Force openside flank Matthew Hodgson made most of those runs, 17 in total and making 49 meters with ball in hand.

Jacques Engelbrecht did the most damage for the Kings with when he came on to replace Luke Watson in the 31st minute with 9 tackles, gained 87 meters in his 10 carries, hitting 11 ruck and mauls, creating 1 turn over and only missed one tackle.

Cornell du Preez also contributed with 2 offloads, 20 tackles with only missing 1, hit 6 ruck and mauls and managed to get 2 turn overs and gained 38 meters with the ball. Andries Strauss and Ronnie Cooke were tested by the Force in the mid field and only missed 3 out of 22 tackles. SP Marais gained 69 meters running from the back he was also involved in 7 ruck and mauls and managed 1 turnover.

Man of the match Sergeal Petersen scored two tries with 1 line break 9 tackles and gained 47 meters for his team. Wimpie v d Walt contributed with 18 tackles and Schalk Ferreira with 16. Bandise Maku, Cornell du Preez and Shaun Venter managed 2 turn overs a piece with Andries Strauss getting 3.

The Kings were strong in the scrum winning all their own scrums, 9 in total and won 9 from 10 line outs and stealing 5 from the Force throw in.

It really was a great team effort from the Kings from keeping the ball in the contact situation to keeping the miss tackles to a minimum, they can take a lot of confidence from keeping the Force from scoring in the closing minutes of the game. The Kings also looked stronger and played with more confidence as the game progressed.

The Kings have a few positives to build on, but they will be tested in the weeks to come when they face the two finalists from last year, first up will be the Sharks losing finalists and the Chiefs winners from last year before heading on the overseas tour.


  • Have they peaked too soon? 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.02.13 11:48:18 by McLovin Reply
  • Wimpier v d Walt? Is he like a vampire? πŸ˜›

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.02.13 11:51:12 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :oh dear. Make it stop πŸ™‚

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.02.13 12:08:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Howzit Bertie?? :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.02.13 12:27:49 by wpw Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : @McLovin (Comment 2) : πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† Crazy bugger πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.02.13 12:34:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Our loosies are too good, let’s not forget the Force boast 2 Wallaby loose forwards

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.02.13 12:39:09 by Ludz Reply

  • Let’s be honest. That was the only game this season they had a chance of winning. The Rebels line up will be too much for them.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.02.13 12:39:18 by klempie Reply

  • Lets think back to the currie cup final last year, Sharks were the favorites for the game but WP wanted it more and played with passion.

    Also if you think back to 95 world cup, All Blacks were favorites, but we were hungry and had all the passion. James Small, Joost etc wanted to prove a point.

    Kings might not be the best team on paper, but they do have plenty of passion. I really hope they do well and only slip up in 2 games against us.

    Lets remember our union voted the Lions out and the Kings in… So we should hope we made a good call

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.02.13 13:07:54 by Chris1985 Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 7) : haha, they said we’d have 100% losing record, we’ve already exceeded everyone’s expectations by winning this very game. So I wouldn’t write them off for another win just yet

    @Chris1985 (Comment 8) : thank you sir, wonder why everyone is against us

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.02.13 13:49:43 by Ludz Reply

  • 😈 So the kings win their first ever SR (Well Done!) and the honourable member C Watson stands up in parli to proclaims he is ashamed of his current team!!!?? How is that for motivation?

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.02.13 14:32:00 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 10) : don’t believe everything you read, let alone going around spewing it as fact.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.02.13 03:55:27 by Megatron Reply

  • @Chris1985 (Comment 8) : actually, we were one of the few unions to back the Lions. We voted against the Kings’ inclusion.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.02.13 09:01:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : yep baxelele lions got 6 votes’ 2 Sharkies, 2 Bulle, 2 Lions…

    all the other unions – including their franchise partners the Pumas & Leoparrds – voted against them.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.02.13 15:49:27 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 13) : not sure why…. would’ve voted the other way, personally. But I’m used to BJ van Zyl doing the opposite of what I would do.

    It’s like he wears a bracelet saying WWROD? (What Wouldn’t Rob Otto Do)

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.02.13 15:54:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : van zyl is but only the CEO of the Sharks.. Mackenzie is the President of KZNRU, he votes in the Presidents Council.. maybe you need to get his ear. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.03.13 15:52:18 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 15) : Graeme?

    Yes well – I tried once. Left him a wonderful voicemail.

    You know the Beatles song “No reply”? πŸ™‚

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.03.13 16:02:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kings should have been included when we got 5 teams. The way it was done last year just shows how little SA rugby care about the unions. Both the kings and lions was left hanging with no time to plan for 2013. This should be a warning to the rest of the teams as they could be next.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.03.13 16:17:21 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 17) : I feel sorry for the Lions, but maybe this is the kick in the but they so desperately needed to get their house in order.

    A certain other team also lives on planet delusional, thinking that consistently losing by less than 7 points can be viewed as progress.

    Maybe the Lions can replace them next year and give them a year sabbatical to sort out their administrative proble….ahem……poached players problem. 😈

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.03.13 17:23:36 by FireTheLooser Reply


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