Newsletter

Sign-up for the latest, breaking news!

LIVE

    Kings to match Bulls' mettle

    2013-04-19 16:19
    Port Elizabeth - Fresh off a successful overseas tour, the Southern Kings know they must get back to earth quickly for their second SA derby showdown of the season against the Bulls in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

    The Vodacom Super Rugby rookies achieved their aim of securing one win overseas when they scraped home against the Melbourne Rebels last week after shocking many critics by holding the Brumbies to a draw in the previous round.

    And while the Kings, lying bottom of the SA conference standings, are back on home turf, the programme does not get much easier as the Bulls, South Africa's most successful Super Rugby franchise, prepare to build on the win they registered against the Cheetahs last week.

    Many teams would have been alerted already to the resilience of the Kings outfit and Bulls captain Pierre Spies admitted they were in for a tough game.

    "I think they've been going really well this season," Spies said.

    "For us, it's been the same approach. We assess every team we play against and we've done the same with the Kings.

    "We've assessed their strengths. They obviously play with some passion and have got some good momentum on tour.

    "But we also had a great win against the Cheetahs. It was a very good win for us, very important, so we're going down to PE knowing what's waiting for us."

    The Kings, on the other hand, realise they will have to up their physical commitment to match the style of the Bulls.

    "Not much has changed in the way the Bulls have played over the past couple of years," said vice-captain Andries Strauss.

    "It is always going to be a physical challenge and if you do not stand up to that and match it, you do not have a chance to win the game."

    Besides handling the Bulls in the physical stakes, the Kings were also planning to add further attacking finesse to their game, which has been based largely on defence so far.

    "Defence is one of the pillars we base our game on and we devoted a lot of time to it during the pre-season," Strauss said.

    "The results speak for themselves even though we did slip up in a some games.

    "But we had to develop a more attacking style as the season progressed and that has happened. It is good to have the ball in hand and not to have to tackle for 80 minutes."

    The Kings welcome back regular skipper Luke Watson after a lengthy injury layoff and the loose forward said he believed any team was beatable.

    "We understand that we are the new kids on the block against guys who have been around for a long time, but any team is beatable," he said.

    "But they are a strong side and play really good rugby so we know it is going to be hard."

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    89 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    • Blitz
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
    • SS1
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
    • SS2
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
    • SS3
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read
    Commented
    /Sport

    Results

    04 July 2015
    27 June 2015
    20 June 2015
    13 June 2015
    12 June 2015
    06 June 2015
    05 June 2015
    30 May 2015
    29 May 2015
    23 May 2015
    22 May 2015
    16 May 2015
    15 May 2015
    09 May 2015
    08 May 2015
    02 May 2015
    01 May 2015
    26 April 2015
    25 April 2015
    24 April 2015
    18 April 2015
    17 April 2015
    11 April 2015
    10 April 2015
    04 April 2015
    03 April 2015
    28 March 2015
    27 March 2015
    22 March 2015
    21 March 2015
    20 March 2015
    14 March 2015
    13 March 2015
    07 March 2015
    06 March 2015
    28 February 2015
    27 February 2015
    21 February 2015
    20 February 2015
    15 February 2015
    14 February 2015
    13 February 2015

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    EXPERT OPINION

    “Craig Joubert deserves plaudits for making a gutsy call against the home side in the Super Rugby semis, writes Herman Mostert.”

    Opinion Poll

    Super Rugby is a thing of the past. Next up: The Rugby Championship. Who will emerge victorious this season?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.