Southern Kings need to back themselves against the Cheetahs

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Cheetahs, EP Kings, Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 May 2013 at 10:29
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The Southern Kings will face the Cheetahs this coming Saturday in their return match of this years Super Rugby competition. It was no surprise that the Cheetahs won the first game played in Bloemfontein, but something that might have come as a surprise is the fact that no bonus points were scored in that game, especially considering the way the Cheetahs have been playing.

The Southern Kings will be making very fewchanges to the team that beat the Highlanders a fortnight ago, with only SP Marais replacing George Whitehead at fullback, Jacques Engelbrecht returns from injury to replace Devon Oosthuizen on the bench and Rynier Bernardo replacing Daniel Adongo in a rotational swap.

When asked about the decision to move Marais to the starting line up and Whitehead to the bench, Alan Solomons said: “It was great to have SP back against the Highlanders from the bench, and he’s now proved that he’s fit and rearing to go and it’s great to have him back in the side. That said, I think George has done an excellent job for us.

“Another bit of good news is that Andries has come through both yesterday and today’s session, which was a much more challenging session, in perfect nick, so he’s ready to take his place,” he said.

Solomons also said that Luke Watson was suffering a bit with a head cold, they’ve instructed him to stay in bed with the doctor keeping a close eye on him, expecting him to be 100% for the game.

Solomons said the team was looking forward to their second clash against the Cheetahs.

“For us this is a really fantastic challenge on the weekend, and we see this as a real opportunity, bearing in mind that the Cheetahs are a side that are lying second in the South African conference at the moment and challenging very strongly for a playoff position.”

“I think the important thing is that when you play against a team like the Cheetahs you have to cut your error rate. They will capitalise on the mistakes that you make, so they are certainly a side you have to be careful about and cut your errors.

Solomons said it was also important to remain “defensively sharp” against them.
“They’re a side that likes to play a tempo game and move the ball about, so I think you have to have your wits about you defensively when you play against them,” he said.

The Kings have grown as a unit since the last time they met as one could clearly see the inexperience towards the closing minutes of that game. The Kings showed great charactor in the game against the Highlanders and they looked more focussed and determined with great leadership from Watson.

I strongly believe if there is any South African team the Kings can beat it is the Cheetahs. Game kicks off at 3pm at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Southern Kings:

15 SP Marais 14 Siyanda Grey 13 Ronnie Cooke 12 Andries Strauss (VC) 11 Marcello Sampson 10 Demetri Catrakilis 9 Shaun Venter 8 Conell du Preez 7 Luke Watson (C) 6 Wimpier van der Walt 5 David Bulbring 4 Steven Sykes 3 Kevin Buys 2 Bandise Maku 1 Schalk Ferreira


16 Virgile Lacombe 17 Grant Kemp 18 Rynier Bernado 19 Jacques Englebrecht 20 Nicolas Vergallo 21 Shane Gates 22 George Whitehead



  • Comment 1, posted at 24.05.13 11:10:10 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : AWE!

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.05.13 11:17:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • Go Kings, well written Pierre Mackie, what a man, a Sharks supporter who runs a Kings blog

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.05.13 11:23:27 by Ludz Reply

  • Cheetahs by 10+.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.05.13 11:30:05 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : haha, you got jokes mate, Kings by 3

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.05.13 11:32:34 by Ludz Reply

  • I think if theres a South African side the Kings can beat, its the Cheetahs, they did enough to win in Bloem, but i think it will be another story in PE.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.05.13 12:04:11 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @Ludz (Comment 3) : Thanks Ludz glad you enjoyed it

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.05.13 12:04:58 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Cheetah’s!!! I really hope they make the play-offs.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.05.13 12:26:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • The Cheetahs will have to be very off their game and the Kings really switched on for the Kings to beat them.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.05.13 12:35:43 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Vrystaaaaat!!!!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.05.13 12:49:01 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 9) : true, but i still think the Kings have a shot

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.05.13 12:56:12 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : If that is Stormers jersey, then I would imagine you do realise that should the Kings manage the unimagineable, that the likely result would be the Kings moving past the sorry Stormers on the log. So is this your idea of forcing AC out?

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.05.13 13:04:08 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 6) : What exactly did they do in Bloem to win it? As I recall the Cheetahs could have won even further had their finishing been better. They were clearly showing the effects of 10 uninterrupted weeks of rugby.

    They are fresh and sharp again. What has changed that improves the Kings chances?

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.05.13 13:06:02 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 12) : I think you credit Clayton with thinking before he posts 🙂 Clearly you need to get to know him better… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.05.13 13:09:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :
    I think youre not crediting Claytie with the ability to look beyond the Stormers.

    Repeat after me: ” Clearly you need to…” 😈 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.05.13 13:33:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Kings for Life!!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.05.13 14:10:17 by Megatron Reply

  • Kings to win by 2 points. They’ve had a good first year so far. I just feel that the time is right to collect a south african team scalp. And it fits in to a Shark dreamers plan to stil get to the wild card positions on the log. If only!

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.05.13 14:17:50 by Shark Overide Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 16) : long time, Meggymoo…. where ya bin?

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.05.13 14:26:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 13) : it’ll be a tough game for both sides, the Cheetahs just showed their experience in the last game, experience only SR can give you. Strauss did well in Watsons absence but I think Watson is a better leader, Kings also had to dig deep to come from a 72-10 lose and score 4 tries against a NZL team the following week. Kings need to stop Cheetahs from getting momentum and stop guys like Willie, Rhule, van Zyl, Pretorius and Brussow. If ball bounce in Kings favour they’ll have a shot

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.05.13 23:21:40 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Playing in PE with that support base simply doubles their chances imho. 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.05.13 08:10:10 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 5) : Say again. 😉 😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.05.13 18:57:19 by McLovin Reply


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