Kings snub Nations Cup

2012-01-31 07:43

Cape Town - The Southern Kings will not participate in this year's IRB Nations Cup event after they were assured of a Super Rugby spot in 2013.

The Kings won the tournament last year when they played as the South African Kings.

The Kings' coach, Alan Solomons, told Die Burger newspaper that the IRB can invite another team for this year's event.

"It was a good event for us last year because we didn't play Super Rugby and we at least wanted to offer our players something.

"Now that we'll be playing Super Rugby next year, we have decided to look at other options," said Solomons.

Solomons said there's a chance that the Kings could play a friendly match against Australia's Western Force in the middle of this year.

"The Nations Cup tournament last year took its toll.

"It is quite tough because you play against three national teams in a short period. We found some of our players were spiritless towards the end of the season."

Last year the Kings beat Georgia 31-17, Romania 27-23 and defeated Portugal 39-12 in their last match to win the tournament in Romania.

SARU on Friday announced that the Kings are assured of playing in next year's Super Rugby tournament.

The Kings also take on the Bulls in a friendly match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this coming Saturday.


  • Niela - 2012-01-31 08:17

    "It is quite tough because you play against three national teams in a short period. We found some of our players were spiritless towards the end of the season." If that is how they feel after 3 games, how will they cope with the demands of Super Rugby?

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-01-31 09:08

      you take the words right outa my mouth! I find this a pathetic stance- you have a chance to test yourself in competition at a higher level and you think yourself somehow ...what? too good? Trust the brainstrust of ECK... behoed ons

      Bill - 2012-01-31 10:04

      Spiritless after three games?????? Really? There are 14 really tough games in the S15, and about half on the other side of the big blue bit of water that separates Africa from Oz and NZ. Traveling across time zones to play rugby is not for sissies. Solly, you used to be a great and realistic coach, what is happening to you? I guess SA rugby and the supporting public has become used to coaches spouting strange words, after all we had Snorre for 4 years.........

      Marius - 2012-01-31 16:23

      In Super Rugby you don't play 3 tough games in 9 days. The Kings won the Curry Cup 1st Division trophy in 2010 and in 2011 the Nations Cup was the step up to a higher level and all their energy and effort went into doing well in that competition, which they then eventually won, so I can understand that it could be difficult to then motivate yourself for the 1st division game after that. Still, the game against Boland in Wellington was the only one they have lost in the round robin stages. Five weeks earlier they have beaten Boland in PE. Both sides finished the round robin stages on the same number of games won and lost, with the only difference that Boland had more bonus points, which gave them the home final, which turned out to be a huge advantage on the day.

  • Citizen - 2012-01-31 08:33

    It will be very interesting to see who falls out this year, the Lions? (suddenly had their sponsorship pulled) why was that, conspiracy abounds who else could it be?

      John - 2012-01-31 08:36

      It will be the Cheetahs, irrespective of where they finish.

      Saffa - 2012-01-31 08:53

      The Bulls and Lions will marry......and spawn a child named "LIaBU(i)Lity".

  • peter.britz1 - 2012-01-31 09:22

    Ha Ha, Solly is a funny fella. All the Cheetahs can do, is ensure they perform, and make it as difficult for these buffoons at SARU to relegate them.

  • Charlie - 2012-01-31 09:30

    Just get handed a SuperRugby berth without earning it??? At whose expense?

      Niela - 2012-01-31 10:11

      The Kings will play Super rugby because Cheeky is their president and Luke their captain. That is what we get from trusting our corrupt Saru. I cannot see Sanzar voting in favorite of 6 SA teams. The sparks will fly when it is one of the big unions that is bottom of SA log at the end of the season!

      Bootman - 2012-01-31 12:31

      Charlie please remind me how the Lions and Cheetahs earned their places in Super Rugby?

      Deon - 2012-01-31 13:00

      I agree, they could not even beat Boland last year and could not make it into the Currie Cub yet. The Pumas, Griekwas, Leopards and Boland is ahead of them for a place in Super 15. The team that gets cut have a big case for legal action against Saru. The Lions (prev. Transvaal) won the Super 10 in 1993.

      Stefan - 2012-01-31 13:53

      @Bootman... The Lions and Cheetahs earned their places in Super Rugby by being two of the five best unions in SA... So b.t.w. which team(s) would you suggest to have been selected instead of those two unions (keeping in mind that the Griquas already form part of the Cheetahs structure)?

      Niela - 2012-01-31 14:02

      @Bootman - In the Super 12 the top 4 teams of the previous year's Currie Cup earned the right to compete in super rugby. In 1996 the Freestate(Cheetahs) lost out and in 1997 the WP lost out.

  • Chris Van Der Linde - 2012-01-31 09:39

    Kings 2013 log position after the season. Position 15th, Played 14, won 0, drew 0, lost 14, Bonus points 1, Points for 82, points against 386, log points 1. Victory for Cheeky? Yes. Embarrassment for SARU, priceless!

      Andre Botes - 2012-01-31 11:19

      Looks like the lions!!!! What's the difference?

      Deon - 2012-01-31 13:02

      The Lions should have much better results this year, but so we have been saying for years.

      Stefan - 2012-01-31 13:56

      And what about the other two games? Each team are to play 16 round robin games...

  • Jannie - 2012-01-31 12:33

    These are the guys that finished second in the second level of South African rugby, they could not even win their own division. Actually they were spanked by Boland twice. I wonder what Cheeky is smoking (must be some good s#$t up there in the Eastern Cape) to even want to believe that they stand a chance.

  • Matt - 2012-01-31 15:26

    I'm also dissapointed that they won't be going to the Nations Cup, but go check how many hours of play in a sesson are considered okay for a rugby player to play, and then look at how many hours many of the EP okes had to play. that is what he meant by spiritless, don't just read what you want to... Many teams took a break around May / June, but the Kings played 5 or 6 matches in that time, including the trip to the IRB nations cup. That is why the season took its toll towards the end. It's normal. After all, the Kings' focus is on Super Rugby and promotion to the Currie Cup. let them rather focus on that.

      Marius - 2012-01-31 16:00

      Agree Matt. Most people commenting here, do so emotionally and not logically. At the Nations Cup last year the Kings played against 3 National sides in a space of 10 days and what everyone else seems to be conveniently overlooking, is that they actually won all 3 those games and the trophy and furthermore there were only EP players involved. Not a single player from Border or SWD, who by the way, gave the Cheetahs a good run for their money last Saturday, was involved in the Nations Cup last year. And the Cheetahs got their S14 spot initially through backroom dealings as well. They never earned it. It was given to them too when the competition was increased from 12 teams to 14 teams.

      Niela - 2012-01-31 17:24

      @Marius In 1996 se Super 12 het die top 4 spanne van 1995 se Curriebeker reeks die reg verdien om in die Super reeks te speel. Noord Transvaal, Natal, WP en Transvaal. Dieselfde in 1997 – Noord Transvaal,. Natal, Vrystaat en Transvaal. In 1998 het die franchise sisteem in werking gekom met die Northen Bulls, Coastal Sharks, Western Stormers en Golden Cats. In 2006 het SA die reg gekry om nog ‘n span in te sluit en die Cheetahs het weggebreek van die Cats. Dit het gebeur agv 2005 se curriebeker reeks wat hulle gewen het. Nie enige ‘backroom dealings’ nie maar Kampioene van die Curriebeker. 2005 uitslae vir Kings Spanne - EP 5de seksie X, SWD 6de seksie X en Buldogs 6de Seksie Y.

      Matt - 2012-02-01 10:40

      @niela. ek hoor jou punt. My punt: die hele streek - SWD, OP en Grens is op die huidige stadium die enigste deel van die land wat nie Super Rugby blootstelling het nie. Toevallig is hierdie streek ook ryk aan talentvolle spelers (van alle rasse). Ek gaan nie nou in die hele "ander provinsies koop die speler" argument in nie. Maar dit maak net sin as mens kyk na die land se uitleg, dat hierdie streek hul eie span moet he. Griekwas, Griffons en Vrystaat werk reeds goed saam. Ander provinsies soos Pumas, Luiperds en Boland moet met die huidige franchises baklei as hulle nie gnoeg baat by Super Rugby nie, want die franchises is tog streek spanne, nie waar nie?

  • Patrick - 2012-01-31 23:26

    "kings snub"????? are they even in the position to "snub" anything???? w@ankers

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