Cheeky: We'll accept our fate

    2013-08-04 22:11
    Cape Town - Kings president Cheeky Watson says they will not challenge the decision to relegate them from Super Rugby.

    The Kings were relegated from next year's competition despite a 23-18 victory over the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

    They lost the first leg of the promotion-relegation matches in Port Elizabeth last week and needed to win by eight points to maintain the status quo.

    Rumours did the rounds on social media on Saturday and Sunday that the Kings would fight for their spot by taking the South African Rugby Union (SARU) to court.

    However, Watson denied the rumours and told the SA Rugbymag website the Kings will accept their fate and fight to win the relegation series next season.

    "We will sit down and prepare for next year's Super Rugby promotion-relegation playoffs," said Watson.

    "Any speculation that says we're going to the courts or to the (SARU) board is not true."

    Meanwhile, outgoing Kings Director of Rugby Alan Solomons said it's a disgrace for SA rugby that the Kings won't play Super Rugby in 2014.

    "I think it is an absolute disgrace that we are not in Super Rugby and if we are interested in truly transforming this game the Eastern Cape has to be there," Solomons told SAPA.

    "We need some leadership here and leadership has got to decide what they want to do about South African rugby. Do they want to move it on or do we want to stay where we were prior to 1994?

    "I look at it from our franchise's point of view and we've had a fantastic debut season.

    "We got the rough end of refereeing decisions in the first match and it cost us our Super Rugby status. To say the least it is unsatisfactory."

    Solomons will now head to Scotland to take over as head coach at Edinburgh.

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