Davids demands attitude shift from Kings

2017-09-26 12:35
Deon Davids (Getty)

Cape Town - It can't get any worse for the Southern Kings, who were hammered 43-17 at home by Italian side Zebre on Saturday for their fourth PRO14 loss in a row. 

It was a poor showing from coach Deon Davids' men, especially given the fact that Zebre have finished rock bottom of the log in four of their five PRO12 seasons leading up to the PRO14 this year. 

To make matters worse, the Kings are now back on the road again where they will take on the Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday before traveling to Benetton Treviso the following weekend. 

With another poor crowd at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium over the weekend, the Kings have contributed very little to the PRO14 so far. 

Davids, who has remained patient up until now, questioned the attitude of his players following the Zebre loss. 

"I don’t think there are any excuses – we were just not good enough,” Davids was quoted as saying on the HeraldLIVE website.

"I felt that our decision making and our attitude was just not there. Decision making we can consistently work on – but attitude is something that the players need to bring.

"It was not a performance we can be proud of. We expected a bit more from ourselves in this game and I think we disappointed ourselves. We have to do some self-examination and also work harder."

The Cheetahs, meanwhile, have put together back-to-back wins in Bloemfontein over Zebre and Leinster and they are now preparing to host Ospreys on Friday.

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