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Solomons: Kings are smarter

2011-02-14 10:26

Michael Green

Port Elizabeth – It has been three difficult weeks, but the Eastern Province Kings certainly learned a lot from the brief period that they played as the Southern Kings.

That was the view of Kings coach Alan Solomons in the wake of the friendly matches against the Bulls, Cheetahs and Lions.

“The results were not what we wanted in each instance, but we now have more knowledge,” he said.

“We have gained knowledge of the players in our squad, knowledge of aspects of our game that we have to improve and knowledge of our weaknesses.”

With a number of new players in his squad, Solomons never expected his team to do everything right.

“We have to be realistic. It can still take a few games in the Vodacom Cup before the Kings combine well as a team. The three games were tough because it was so early in the season.

“There was little time to train ahead of our first game after our conditioning programme. But these kinds of matches are important, also for the Kings as franchise. We need the exposure.”

Solomons believes that the franchise will gather steam over time and the preparation for next season will be approached differently.
SA Rugby’s full support for the franchise means that they can prepare better for games.

Nico Serfontein, coach of the Lions team that played against the Kings on Friday, told the EP folk: “You can have a super team on paper, but people need to be patient. It takes time to establish a team.”

The Kings next play a President’s Team at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 4 June. They leave for Romania a week later to play in the Nations Cup.

By then players from South Western Districts and Border may have made the side.

However, all three sides first have the opportunity to make their mark in the Vodacom Cup in two weeks’ time. The Kings start against Namibia.

Sport24

Comments
  • Ockert - 2011-02-14 11:17

    It was early in the season for the 3 teams as well

  • Deon - 2011-02-14 11:27

    Kings are doing very well & deserve the support that they are getting at the moment. However, supporters are starting to stay away from the games because the stadium is poorly managed (long time in line to get food/drinks & parking is a disaster). I fear what will happen with the All BLACKS game in August as stadium management promised to improve the situation after the play off game last year but still has not improved on anything. It is a pity that this will erode the support for the Kings.

      Patrick - 2011-02-14 13:27

      Deon, if you went to all 3 games then you may of seen the improvement. The first game against the Bulls was a mess but things improved in the next 2. Like the team the stadium management are also on a steep learning curve

      Deon - 2011-02-14 14:06

      Hi Patrick, Did attend all the games. Have seen no improvement.

      Matt - 2011-02-14 21:13

      I dont really have hassles with the service at the stadium. I go through the gates with no fuss, get a beer without too long a wait, same for a snack. Parking, I got to the last game 10min before kickoff, and didnt even have to walk 5 minutes. I know there was a hiccup at 1st game, but the beertent excellent idea. There are also alot more food stalls and bars open than before.

      Tony - 2011-02-15 08:16

      Deon, there was a vast improvement in terms of service at the last two games! Then again, I suppose there were a lot less people at those games as opposed to the Bulls game.

      Matt - 2011-02-15 08:22

      Tony, remember the Bulls fans were all drinking away their sorrows... Any bar will suffer to keep up!

  • swimfan - 2011-02-14 12:07

    The kings simply suck, how do they want to play super rugby when the lions 2nd team beat them easily?

      Damien - 2011-02-14 13:17

      Swim-If only the Kings get a system in place that can allow them to hold onto the natural talent thats in the Eastern Province And Border Region, in years to come. I see a very bright and healthy future for Eastern Cape Sport !

      Patrick - 2011-02-14 13:30

      swimfan simply sucks

  • Durasmart - 2011-02-14 12:50

    @ Ockert and swimfan. True, but all 3 the other franchise have been playing Super rugby for the last 10 years. Even their so-called 2nd team players have been exposed to super rugby or Currie Cup over quite a few years. One cannot expect the Kings to walk in and beat everyone in their first 3 games ever in a higher league. Taking that into consideration, they have performed quite admirably in these 3 games. @Deon. Hopefully they will utilise the Andrew Rabie High School Park& Ride facility for the test against the All Blacks. It worked extremely well for all the Soccer World Cup games that was held here. It has parking for around 2000 cars and one never had to wait more than 20 minutes for a bus to and from the stadium.

  • Durasmart - 2011-02-14 12:52

    @ Ockert and swimfan. True, but all 3 the other franchise have been playing Super rugby for the last 10 years. Even their so-called 2nd team players have been exposed to super rugby or Currie Cup over quite a few years. One cannot expect the Kings to walk in and beat everyone in their first 3 games ever in a higher league. Taking that into consideration, they have performed quite admirably in these 3 games. @Deon. Hopefully they will utilise the Andrew Rabie High School Park& Ride facility for the test against the All Blacks. It worked extremely well for all the Soccer World Cup games that was held here. It has parking for around 2000 cars and one never had to wait more than 20 minutes for a bus to and from the stadium.

  • DJ - 2011-02-14 13:15

    It takes AT LEAST 3 years to build a reasonable team. Everybody started from scratch - give them a chance. If THEN they fail to produce the goods - PUNISH them with your tongue - not now.

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