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Kings must play more - Solly
Alan Solomons (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - After two rounds of impressive defensive displays, the Kings are determined to improve their attacking game as they prepare to face defending Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs, in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.
The Eastern Cape franchise boasts an impressive defensive record thus far in its debut Super Rugby season.
According to the Rugby365 website
, the Kings made 194 tackles to the Force's 108 in their first game, missing just 15 to the 26 of the Force in a 22-10 win
During last week's 21-12 loss to the Sharks,
the Kings made 165 tackles and again only missed 15, while the Durbanites made 87 and missed nine.
Despite this impressive start, where they have only conceded two tries, the Kings know full well they'll need to keep ball in hand more in a physically demanding season - a fact Director of Rugby Alan Solomons acknowledged in the build-up to Friday's clash.
"We need to get our hands on the ball and keep possession," said Solomons.
"What we have to learn in this competition is that if you make a mistake, then you end up defending for phase, after phase, after phase.
"It is important that we cut down our error rate.
"We have constantly built our set piece, which is a good platform from which to play.
"So the key is that we cut down the errors and develop the ability to retain the ball through phases - that is very important."
The clash at the Nelson Mandela
Bay Stadium kicks off at 19:10 on Friday evening.Teams:Kings:
15 SP Marais, 14 Sergeal Petersen
, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis
, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 Steven Sykes 4 Darron Nell (captain), 3 Kevin Buys , 2 Bandise Maku
, 1 Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jaco Engels
, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Daniel Adongo, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Hadleigh Parkes.Chiefs: