Kings upbeat despite deficit

2012-10-25 10:26

Port Elizabeth - Eastern Province Kings are hoping to prove their ability by wiping out a severe deficit when they host the Free State Cheetahs in the return leg of the Currie Cup promotion/relegation playoff in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.

The Kings' director of rugby, Alan Solomons, said this week they remained confident of playing in the top-tier of the domestic competition next season.

"This is our opportunity to set the record straight and prove that we belong up there," Solomons said.

"We made way too many mistakes in the first game and that enabled the Cheetahs to heap up the points.

"We also gave away too many penalties and turned over too much possession."

Solomons said the Kings, who will play in the Super Rugby competition next season, expected the "same type of mentality" from the Cheetahs as they showed in their 53-14 victory in Bloemfontein last week.

"We know that they will want to overpower us, but we also know that we let our supporters down in the first round," he said.

"We've worked hard during the week and hopefully we can produce the goods."

The Cheetahs picked up a full haul of five points in the first leg and secured a bonus point in the process.

The Kings, left with a mountain to climb, must win the second leg by 40 points and prevent the visitors from scoring a bonus point if they are to qualify for the Currie Cup premier division.

The visitors, however, insisted in the build-up to the return fixture that they had no intention of letting their foot off the accelerator and would arrive in Port Elizabeth with the intention of scoring as many tries as possible.

"That is why we have selected winger Rayno Benjamin in the starting line-up," said Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske.

"He looked very good on the attack in the first game and made a huge impact from the bench.

"The idea is to score as many tries as possible without throwing caution too much into the wind."


  • gordon.mazibuko - 2012-10-25 10:35

    Alan Solomons really should be hoping that they can pul off a narrow win to save face because they are not going to overturn a 39 point deficit and thats a fact. The Kings aren't ready to contest the Currie Cup as much as they aren't ready to play Super 15 however these are the cards they have been dealt and they must now play to avoid complete humiliation in the relegation/promotion game and the same in Super 15. Cheeky Watson is a mullet however we can't really vent our dislike for one man on an entire team of professionals so I just hope that they don't do a Western Force or Melbourne Rebels on themselves.......

  • johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 10:36

    What a bunch of poep0lle, atleast sal hulle NOOIT kan choke nie, want hulle sal nooit die gunstellinge wees nie, hehe!

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-25 11:36

      ...EP Queens... ..Mamparra team of the Year...

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-25 14:01

      So, gelukkig is die WP nie die gunstelinge vir die final nie. Go WP

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-25 14:36

      Nurse paramedic at it again Dirk, just ignore the guy.

  • nadine.devilliers - 2012-10-25 10:44

    This is good, it will show SARU exactly what a stuff up they have made allowing these palooka's into S15 Rugby!!!

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 11:00

      Hallo leke stukkie!!!

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 11:19

      Solarflair, boohoo, losers!!!

      breyneke.dreyer - 2012-10-25 11:23

      No Solarflair, they have had ample time to develop their team. They have known for years that they will join the Super 15 next year and they have done nothing, developed nothing and have not met any of their promises regarding their so-called development program. Their junior teams are even being outperformed by their neighbours, Border??

      Priesterb - 2012-10-25 11:26

      Solarflair up to this day they had all the chances to develop and regain their status after the last relegation match many years ago. They have done NOTHING to regain that status. THEY DO NOT DESERVE TO BE COMPETING IN THE S15... period.

      Ze Don - 2012-10-25 11:47

      @Solaflair. EP got relegated out of the first revision, in part, due to selling places on the team. Players fathers would buy them a place on the team! Fortunately those days are gone... hang on, who's the captain again? The more things change, the more they stay the same!

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-25 12:50

      stick to Netball Nadine

      rassie.venter.5 - 2012-10-25 13:05

      So 'bek kort jam

      rassie.venter.5 - 2012-10-25 13:06

      Daai mond kort jam

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-25 10:45

    I don’t see the Kings making a dent in that deficit and keeping the FS from scoring a bonus point!

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 11:55

      You dont see period!!!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-25 13:30

      FS by 50?

      heiku.staude - 2012-10-25 17:15

      Johannes why would you want to see period? You're a sicko.

  • martin.marais.90 - 2012-10-25 10:56

    It would be like a home game to the Cheetahs! Most people in PE find the Kings ridiculous!!!

  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-10-25 10:58

    Probably upbeat on getting their butts whipped again. Go cheetahs!

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-10-25 11:07

    I'm a Stormers fan, but I hope the Cheetahs once again wipe the floor of the EP Kings and prove to us all they do not deserve to be in the S15. GO CHEETAHS!!!!

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 11:20

      You lost me @ I'm a Stormers fan

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-25 11:41

      @d man, But provence voted for the kings.Hypocrite

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-10-25 11:46

      Stormers didnt vote anything. @Johannes, seems u get lost very easily.

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 11:50

      Yes DMAN veral as dit by WP kom!

  • robert.dood.1 - 2012-10-25 11:25

    Klomp Rugby Bobbejaane daar in die Oos Kaap. Julle het niks gedoen om Super 15 te speel nie.

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-25 12:51

      Nice comment Robert...

  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-25 11:29

    .....Go Cheetahs..!! ...klap the EP Cheeky Queens...! ....Cheetahs by 50 plus...!

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 11:51

      Isak is dom!!!! EP speel teen die FS, Sharks teen WP, waar val jy uit met die Bulle??? Jy alweer te diep in daai papsak geklim???

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-25 13:36

      Vissie jy dink maar min van julle O/19 en O/21 spanne vir Saterdag? Die Blou Bulle sal darem nie so vêr wen nie?

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-25 11:31

    Doc Craven said it so simple, no one is bigger than the game.Unfortunately SARU and Cheeky Watson didn't get the memo.The damage has been done.

  • Marco van Rensburg - 2012-10-25 11:52

    The one advantage of having the Kings in S15 is that the Stormers also can get a 4 try bonus point! #Honeybadger

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-25 12:43


      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-25 13:47

      Min bonus punte en al het ons nog bo die Bulls ge-eindig.

  • stuart.marx - 2012-10-25 12:14

    If the Kings beat the Cheetahs by +40 points then im going to pay for e-tolls..

  • luke.sportify - 2012-10-25 12:48

    All the best Kings The whole of the EC supports you and know things will only improve Awesome season so far Show that you are quick learners and give the Cheetahs a game to remember

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 13:00

      Doubt that!!!! - 2012-10-25 15:20

      Not even Chuck Norris can save the kings!

      liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-10-27 14:34

      because of cadre deployment........the whole EP team will be the laughing stock of the rugby world.........but the S.A. populace will know who is to blame.....not the players...

  • nagou.grote - 2012-10-25 12:50

    Kry die EP rugby spelers jammer. Soos enige speler, vanaf hy knie hoogte is, wil net rugby speel, maar daar sal altyd derde party verwikkelinge wees, wat dit opneek vir hulle. Wanneer die Kings volgende jaar uitdraf, op die veld, hoop ek die ondersteuners, die mense wat lief is vir rugby, en baie wat dit selfs gespeel het, sal nie die oukies boo nie. Dis nie hul skuld, dat hulle speel in die Super 15 nie, soos enige rugby speler, wil hulle net speel. So ek vra die land se onderteuners, wees ongelukkig met hoe hulle daar gekom het, maar moet dit nie uithaal op die spelers nie. Rugby is a proffesionele sport, dis tyd dat ons onderteuners ook proffesioneel word.

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 13:01


  • clinton.carlson.108 - 2012-10-25 12:54

    solarflair ek moet se jy is volwasse. hierdie ander wat die OP so sleg maak het nie n "clue" waaroor dit gan nie. as al die spelers wat in die oostelike provisie gebore en grootgeword het (wat nou speel vir die bloubulle,wp, sharks ens.) moet teruggaan sal OP een van die top spanne in superrugby wees. jy kyk na amper n springbokspan. ek dink die domkoppe moet eers wag en sien wie vir die OP gan speel in superrugby. hulle sal 4 of 5 top spelers moet kry as hulle enige kompetisie wil wees. en verder vir die currie cup moet OP net al die jong talent hou . OP het al die jare die goeie spelers verloor. wp het baie curriebekers gewen met OP manne.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-25 13:34

      Laat ek raai ,almal wat saam met jou stem is slim en volwasse. OP kon nog nooit die Currie Cup wen nie. OP sal 30 top spelers moet kry. Ek gaan lekker lag volgende jaar.

      smallies - 2012-10-25 13:47

      as al die spelers wat van die vrystaat kom kan terug kom is dit n hele springbok span....maar as is verbrande hout - 2012-10-25 15:22

      En as die Leeus al hulle spelers gehou het was hulle nie nou uit die SR geskop nie. As....

  • john.thelps - 2012-10-25 13:10

    I hope you are going to field some people of colour, but i suppose as Cheeky Watson an ANC crony he can do what he wants.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-25 13:46

      The "Tiger" and another is back, so they will have at least 2 players of colour in the team. Transformation at times can look bad due to many injuries (we hope).

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-25 16:35

      4 in the team and 2 on the bench 15.Michael Killian 14. Norman Nelson 13. Paul Perez 12. Tiger Mangweni (vc) 11. Siviwe Soyizwapi 10. George Whitehead 9. Falie Oelschig 8. Devin Oosthuizen 7. Wimpie van der Walt 6. Boetie Britz 5. Rynier Bernado 4. Darron Nell (c) 3. Andre Schlechter 2. Hannes Franklin 1. Schalk Ferreira Replacements 16 Frank Herne 17 Lizo Gqoboka 18 David Bullbring 19 Mpho Mbiyozo 20 Scott Matthie 21 Wesley Dunlop 22 Scott van Breda

  • viva.lebok - 2012-10-25 13:14

    The deficit is going to be bigger after this game. Cheetahs by 50 or more

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-25 16:30

      No chance Kings by 5

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-10-25 14:08

    I hope they get 'moered " properly tomorrow !

  • tom.t.kirsten - 2012-10-25 14:09

    Die rugby ondersteuners in Suid Afrika moet besef ons het nie genoeg rugby spelers om 5 spanne vol te maak om superrugby te speel nie. Daar moet besef word dat elke super 15 span tenminste 30 spelers van gehalte moet hê om superrugby te speel. Ons het van die beste jong talent maar hulle is nog almal gereed vir senior internationale rugby nie. Suid Afrika moet hom eerder toespits om 'n gereelde kompetisie vir ons juniors, d.w.s daar moet ook soorgelyke kompetisie wees vir die juniors soos die super 15 kompetisie, dan sal ons talentvolle jongelinge tot hul reg kom en dit sal ook help met ontwikkeling van anderkleurige jong spelers en help dat ons jongelinge op gelyke vlak kan ontwikkel en die sterre kan oorweeg word vir senior rugby.

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-25 16:30

      this is the Currie Cup Tom...

      nico.smit.315 - 2012-10-25 18:09

      Tom, ek voel as Saru die 150 beste spelers in die land kontrakteer en dan laat die unies hul van Saru huur gaan verseker dat daar plek is vir 5 spanne en al ons beste spelers blootstelling kry. Vat nou die Stormers met Taute wat heelagter da gaan speel. Petersen en Aplon is reeds da. Sou Petersen nie beter gedoen het om dan by die Cheetahs te gaan speel ni. Die 10 beste spelers in elke posisie moet by die 5 spanne speelkans kry. Te veel goeie spelers wat no 3 en 4 by hul spanne is kan dalk no 2 by n ander span wees. Ongelukkig is provinsialisme te sterk in SA en werk almal nie saam om Bokke sterk te maak soos wat NZ doen met AB nie.

  • jj.sparwater - 2012-10-25 15:49

    Gwk staan n better kans as die kings wnt hul rugby en huis is in orde hulle het hard gewerk vir hul status nie die klomp pram drinkers van saru nie saru is besig om sa rugby op te mors vreet hulle op Cheethas

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-25 16:29

      Why have the Griquas and the Cheetahs in the Currie Cup Having EP there makes more sense

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-25 19:18

    GO KINGS GO GO, show these non-intelligent saffa clowns who hate you for having a liberal leader how its done

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