Better Kings effort: Solomons

    2013-04-28 21:29
    Port Elizabeth - The Kings may have lost 26-12 against an on-song Cheetahs team in Bloemfontein, but they are much happier with their performance.

    Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons, said the team showed great improvement on their poor performance the week before against the Bulls (a 34-0 loss), attributed to travel fatigue following the team’s first Australasian tour.

    “Not to take anything away from the Bulls, who probably put on their best performance to date against the Kings last week, but the players definitely did not play like they usually did in that game,” he said.

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    Solomons said despite the loss against the Cheetahs, the Kings had put on a very positive performance and had, to some extent, set the record straight.

    “There is no comparison between this game and the game we played last week (against the Bulls), we held onto the ball, had much better possession and territory and were unfortunate to come away with the result that we did,” he said.

    Solomons said there had been a few lapses in concentration, which resulted in two tries being scored in the first half, that he felt could have been avoided.

    “The first try came from deep within the Cheetahs' territory, while the second was due to a defensive lapse,” he said.

    “We also have to work on converting territory and possession into points. We need to be more composed in the opposition’s 22,” said Solomons.

    Solomons said none of the Kings players had signs of significant injury, aside from the usual bumps and bruises, although a more comprehensive evaluation would be done once the team had returned home.

    The Kings host the Waratahs this coming Saturday (17:05 kick-off).

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