Kings focus on discipline
Cape Town - Kings captain Andries Strauss says they have worked hard this week on improving their discipline.
The Kings produced a spirited display, scoring a try after the hooter to snatch a 28-all draw
against the Brumbies in Canberra.
However, an alarming stat was the 18 penalties conceded by the men from Port Elizabeth.
“We gave away 18 penalties against the Brumbies, of which many were at the breakdown and at crucial times in the game, and we need to look at reducing those," Strauss said via a SARU media release on Thursday.
“There are a few crucial areas that we still need to work on, such as being aware of the space on the field, limiting the opponent’s space and getting used to the levels of pressure on the field, but these are things we can only learn on the field, through experience.
“For many of the players this has been their first tour, and they have gained a lot of new experiences through the tour, both on and off the field,” said Strauss.
The Kings conclude their Australasian tour against the Rebels in Melbourne on Saturday, and Strauss has assured fans the team has no intention of taking its foot off the pedal.
“The Rebels have come back very strong against the Western Force last week. Many people have written them off after they took a hiding in the game against the Sharks, but they are not to be underestimated.”
Their clash against the Rebels kicks off at 11:40 (SA time) on Saturday.Teams:Rebels:
15. Richard Kingi, 14. Jason Woodward, 13. Mitch Inman, 12. Rory Sidey, 11. Cooper Vuna, 10. James O'Connor, 9. Nick Phipps, 8. Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7. Scott Fuglistaller, 6. Luke Jones, 5. Cadeyrn Neville, 4. Hugh Pyle, 3. Paul Alo-Emile, 2. Ged Robinson, 1. Nic Henderson
Substotues: 16. Shota Horie, 17. Laurie Weeks, 18. Jordy Reid, 19. Jarrod Saffy, 20. Nick Stirzaker, 21. Lachlan Mitchell, 22. Angus RobertsKings:
15 George Whitehead, 14 Sergeal Petersen
, 13 Waylon Murray
, 12 Andries Strauss (captain), 11 Ronnie Cooke, 10 Demetri Catrakilis
, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Devin Oosthuizen, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Grant Kemp, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku
, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jacques Englebrecht, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Marcello Sampson, 22 Siviwe Soyizwapi