Better Kings effort: Solomons
Port Elizabeth - The Kings may have lost 26-12
on-song Cheetahs team in Bloemfontein, but they are much happier
with their performance.
Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons, said the
team showed great improvement on their poor performance the week before
against the Bulls (a 34-0 loss), attributed to travel fatigue following the team’s
first Australasian tour.
“Not to take anything away from the Bulls,
who probably put on their best performance to date against the Kings last week,
but the players definitely did not play like they usually did in that game,” he
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Solomons said despite the loss against the
Cheetahs, the Kings had put on a very positive performance and had, to some
extent, set the record straight.
“There is no comparison between this game
and the game we played last week (against the Bulls), we held onto the ball,
had much better possession and territory and were unfortunate to come away with
the result that we did,” he said.
Solomons said there had been a few lapses
in concentration, which resulted in two tries being scored in the first
half, that he felt could have been avoided.
“The first try came from deep within the
Cheetahs' territory, while the second was due to a defensive lapse,” he said.
“We also have to work on converting
territory and possession into points. We need to be more composed in the
opposition’s 22,” said Solomons.
Solomons said none of the Kings players had
signs of significant injury, aside from the usual bumps and bruises, although a
more comprehensive evaluation would be done once the team had returned home.
The Kings host the Waratahs this coming Saturday (17:05 kick-off).