Kings encourage home support for Super Rugby


Southern Kings coach, Deon Davids, is hoping that the local Port Elizabeth support base will give the home side a boost ahead of their first Super Rugby match against the Sharks at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

In addition, Davids told Sport24 that he could not have asked for his side to have a better draw heading into the competition; beginning with home games. The Kings play their first home game this weekend, followed by a bye next week and a second home game against the Chiefs on March 12th, before which they leave on tour.

“We know that Port Elizabeth is the friendly city, they always support games well, they love their sport and their rugby and we are going to need that,” Davids said

“I can assure you that the players wearing the jersey will do their utmost best,” he added.

Irreversibly, Captain Steven Sykes also told Sport24 that fans could in return expect something special from the team.

“I think the guys have a bigger, ‘never say die’ attitude. The guys want to play, we want to show everyone that we are here to play rugby and here to play as a team,” Sykes said.

Ahead of their clash this weekend, Davids emphasized the respect that they have for the Sharks due to their well-balanced mixture of experience and young talent coming through.

“They have a good pack of forwards and an exciting backline. The Sharks are a team that wants to dominate opposition with go forward ball from set pieces. It will be a challenge for us, and we will have to ensure that we are defensively organised,” he added.

Coach Davids also said that the tempo of Super Rugby should not be a weighing prospect in his side’s endeavours this season.

“We have talked about the intensity and what we can expect. We have tried to simulate that in our training sessions and have trained at a very high intensity. It is a case of how well we have done things we could have done up to now,” he said.

Saturday’s clash against the Sharks kicks off at 15:00 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Southern Kings team:

15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 JC Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Tom Botha, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Schalk Ferreira.

Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 TBC, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Cyril-John Velleman, 21 Leighton Eksteen, 22 Louis Fouche, 23 Charles Radebe