Kings pick their big guns

2013-02-11 22:22

Cape Town - The Kings have rolled out the heavy artillery for their final pre-season game against Griquas in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

No 8 Luke Watson is back after a long injury layoff and will captain the side.

The 29-year-old has been sidelined since October last year with a shoulder injury. He has therefore missed all their Super Rugby pre-season games this year, in which they managed unimpressive victories over the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (28-12) and an SWD Franchise XV (29-13), followed by a 41-31 loss to the Lions on Saturday.

The Kings will also field most of their new signings, with Ronnie Cooke and Andries Strauss combining in the midfield, Demetri Catrakilis starting at flyhalf, Steve Sykes at lock and Springbok Bandise Maku at hooker.

Other imports who will feature on an extended bench include Edgar Marutlulle, Daniel Adongo, Nicolas Vergallo and Hadleigh Parkes.

The Kings start their Super Rugby campaign at home to Australia's Force on February 23.



15 SP Marais, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Siyanda Grey, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornel du Preez , 5 Steve Sykes, 4 David Bulbring, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.

Substitutes - from: Edgar Marutlulle, BG Uys, Jaco Engels, Daniel Adongo, Devin Oosthuizen, Nicolas Vergallo, George Whitehead, Hadleigh Parkes, Marcello Sampson, Johan Herbst.


15 Richard Lawson, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 PJ Vermeulen, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Enrico Acker, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Deon Carney, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Brummer Badenhorst, 2 Matt Dobson, 1 Steph Roberts.

Substitutes: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Eugene Butterworth, 18 Janro van Niekerk, 19 Joubert Horn, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Marnus Hugo, 22 Jacques Coetzee, 23 Walter Venter.


  • gungets.tuft - 2013-02-11 22:36

    Big guns. A catapult and a bag of stones. My Superbru picks are already in for all the Kings games and it is not pretty.

      taetjo.mathabatha - 2013-02-11 23:32

      #Waiting in anticipation...

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-12 01:23

      More like a kettie and some balls of manure.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2013-02-12 06:33

      go kings, give it to the stormers. if you win any games just make it those 2

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-12 06:57

      Just remember how the pink pansies gets beaten every time they fly down south. And this year, they'll need to head south twice.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2013-02-12 07:20

      .....and the stormpies gets beaten every time they play in a semifinal at Chokelands

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-12 07:36

      At least they get TO the semi final. To choke is crap I agree, but at least it is 100% better than not even getting into a position to choke, like the pink pansies have done the past number of seasons.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-12 08:11

      Pinkmasjien, there is one thing I do agree with you. When the Stormers play this year's finals I can only hope that the semi final or final is at Kings Park. It's been a happy hunting ground for the WP/Stormers lately. Newlands should be avoided.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2013-02-12 08:40

      the old "at least......" statements always the sign of a loser

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-12 22:41

      And the "three times last decade" statement is not the sign of a loser?

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2013-02-11 22:53

    Must be a potato gun

  • phillip.dewaal - 2013-02-11 22:56

    Recon the Force are looking firward to their 5 points away from home...

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-12 01:24

      How else do you reckon they plan on getting any 5-point wins? This is their only chance. But I will be supporting the Force in this one. First time and last time this season.

      noel.veedom - 2013-02-12 16:56

      Why would you support the Force. You talk like you're a boetie of the Newlands toothless wonders. Same principals?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-12 22:45

      Noel. OK, us Stormer supporters (and I am pretty sure I talk for the majority of Lions, Sharks and Cheetah supporters too) will support the Force against the Kings. You sound like another pink pansie who has never ventured outside the mullet gordyn. So I do not expect you to know much about rugby. You lot can all support the Kings in this one if you like. Be my guest.

  • volksie.bonnet.9 - 2013-02-11 23:02

    Somehow reken ek dit gaan een moerse laaaaaang eerste (en heel waarskynlik laaste) S15 vir ou Puke en die res van sy 'big guns' wees

  • wayne.vandriel - 2013-02-12 00:38

    You know it's bad when your "big guns" are only .22 caliber....

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-12 01:25

      You're very optimistic. Do not overestimate the Kings.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2013-02-12 06:11

      water pistols

      wayne.vandriel - 2013-02-12 13:18

      Do you see the picture of Watson? That's the look of disappointment, and you will be seeing that picture every week with a Kings article.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-12 01:26

    Griquas, please show these clowns that they do not even belong in the Currie Cup for a reason.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2013-02-12 06:12

      griquas dont need to show them because they have already shown they are not good enough by not qualifying for it. are you ok mentally?

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-02-12 01:45

    Who else is tired of seeing a multiple articles about these kings fools? Once they win a few games they will be newsworthy.

      brian.dureuck - 2013-02-12 09:40

      you just go to the f'king kitchen and only come out if 7de laan is on! - leave the rugby to us men!

      rocky.stephens.393 - 2013-02-12 10:04

      Brian don't be such a d*ck! I understand that you treat women this way in the trailer park but you aren't speaking to your wife now.

      nigel.vos.1 - 2013-02-12 10:41

      brian.dureuk – You are being a rude, chauvinist pig - I hope you are not typical of the “Cheeky Puke and the Queens” supporters

      derrick.villiers - 2013-02-12 11:41

      brian maybe u should leave the rugby to the men..... do you at least know where ur team is playing on wednesday??? ahhahahah d++s

      Mandy Casey - 2013-02-12 15:10

      Brian, exactly rugby is best left to men. The drama is for your queens. There always seems to be drama surrounding everything that is kings.

      brilloks.bittergal - 2013-02-12 20:17

      Lol, Brian, she clearly knows more about the Rugby than you! I think youve just been co!$blocked. Lol

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-12 22:48

      brian. I can guarantee you, that if you were in the same house of Mandy, she would probably chain you to the kitchen sink, only to let you out when the rugby is on, so you can learn something about the game.

  • wade.johnson.58726 - 2013-02-12 02:10

    Their centres aren't bad, and they have one or two decent guys in other positions. Still, one can't help feeling that they gonna get beaten in every Superrugby game. And beaten badly.

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2013-02-12 05:59

    Who are the big guns ?

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2013-02-12 06:03

    Baie misleidend, die opskrif se big guns en dan is daar net n foto van n groot dr@l !

  • eddie.smook - 2013-02-12 06:47

    The Force most likely will regarding the game as a warm up game

  • marius.strydom.5 - 2013-02-12 07:12

    This Griquas tema looks quite capable of beating the Kings.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-12 07:38

      Your local primary school's team would probably look quite capable of beating the Kings.

  • louis.fourie.562 - 2013-02-12 07:50

    If that team is the so called big guns of.the kings I rate there will be record defeats they will suffer this year! Griquas by 10 this weekend.... Force by 40 next sat!

      niel.walt - 2013-02-12 07:54

      Sias is playing for the force so that game really could go both ways

      rodney.louis.7 - 2013-02-12 08:35

      Kings can whip Griquas , plus the so called Force this weekend ... cnt wait !!

  • danie.biermann - 2013-02-12 07:52

    What big guns? Here comes the joke of super 15.

  • niel.walt - 2013-02-12 07:58

    I don't see much black development going on in that side...

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2013-02-12 08:26

    I see only Catrakilis as a very good player and the other one is Killian but he's injured. Sport24 you can't use big guns and queens in the same article, go Griquas!!

      niel.walt - 2013-02-12 09:44

      Catrakillis is good, but hardly a big gun

      brian.dureuck - 2013-02-12 10:07

      Catrakillis is way better than Elton "Webster" Jantjies

      rocky.stephens.393 - 2013-02-12 10:10

      Louis the amount of effort you put into gelling your hair surely qualifies you as a queen! Kings will beat Griquas and they have a chance against the Force but that's about it.

      louis.bensch.31 - 2013-02-12 10:48

      Eish frokkie, are you checking me out? Sorry I'm taken

      rocky.stephens.393 - 2013-02-12 11:07

      Nah :) you not that lucky; I'm not really into guys or Dutchmen with battery acid in their hair. You happy with the Lions struggling against the Kings Vodacom Cup side?

  • frankgerald - 2013-02-12 08:40

    Goodluck Kings,an entire province is behind you! Go kings Go....! we love you!

      louis.bensch.31 - 2013-02-12 10:52

      Relax frankie, why not send puke a valentines card on Thursday.

      frankgerald - 2013-02-12 11:06

      Your comment has nothing to do with rugby louis. All I did was wishing my team the best of luck! Not even one word of sarcasm against the lions. All your negative comments is boring and totally over-cooked.

      rocky.stephens.393 - 2013-02-12 11:33

      Frank don't get worked up over idiots like old Louis; they are cut from the same cloth as the Malema types we see in SA, just of the Afrikaans breed. Any intelectual arguments or reasoning is wasted on them; especially Louis who has decided to cover his head with an iron skullcap of over gelled hair

      frankgerald - 2013-02-12 11:53

      Thx Rocky,as I said before they are just not worth-it anymore and they kept-on playing the same old boring broken record over & over agian. Are they ever going to stop,I don't think so! I don't even read their tasteless comments anymore!

      brilloks.bittergal - 2013-02-12 13:35

      Lol, Thats funny coming from n Queens Supporter. Cheeky is the Malema of Rugby. WE DEMAND WE DEMAND! NO TALENT BUT WE DEMAND, isn't that right, Rocky? And just like Malema, when he falls it will be HARD and EMBARRASSING! Also with regards to your statement on a Queens Vodacom Cup Team, You do realise that we are currently playing our vodacom cup team, yet you couldnt even beat our bench players in the second half. HA HA HA. I remember FRANK being so confident, (ag toemaar hoor, ons like jou nog) He couldn't wait to teach us a rugby lesson on Saturday! BWAHAHA The Best thing about this week is seeing the EP Queens playing their best and losing against the Griquas B Team! It will be EPIC!!! Also Funny when realizing that your best is actually from Griquas - (being Ronnie Cooke) GRIQUAS!!!! Griquas!!!! GRIQUASS!!!!

      louis.bensch.31 - 2013-02-12 14:18

      Frankie you and frokkie make a great couple, good luck is puke gonna get a nephew??

      julius.malememba.7 - 2013-02-12 16:45

      Frankie ... while your loyalty to your team may be something u seem to be proud of ... let's look at what they are - qUeers are run by a white man using his kader buddies for favours --- he has no special interest in developing black rugby in EP but he will use that as an excuse to fill his pockets and idiots and numbskulls will continue to support this corruption by attending matches ... and I do not blame u - as hungry as u must be for rugby ... but what u will see week in and out is NOT rugby ... it will be a slaughterhouse that will do incredible damage to the credibility of EP rugby

      frankgerald - 2013-02-13 09:37

      Will all ways be proud of my or loose! Go Kings Go and win many matches to make these haters choke in their own puke!

  • maniem1 - 2013-02-12 09:09

    Ag siestog al is wie daar gaan griekwas met hul mors. die onbruikbare span wat to ook nie die leeus kon klop nie ag ge siestog shame GO GRIEKWAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • brian.dureuck - 2013-02-12 09:37

    Kings by 40+

  • sean.tearnan - 2013-02-12 09:50

    Where - I just see a bunch of Rusted OLD guns

  • francois.dupreez.39 - 2013-02-12 12:24

    Anybody but the Kings......Kwaste!!!

  • Darian.Gray - 2013-02-12 12:37

    I don't see any big guns. They will be the joke of the super 15. Can't even qualify for the curriecup. Hopeless team

  • brilloks.bittergal - 2013-02-12 13:39

    GRIQUAS!!!! Wys hulle waar Mannetjies Roux die wortels begrawe het!!! Vat hulle vas Oom Bushy! Ons wag vir jou langs die veld!

  • paul.sdoow - 2013-02-12 14:25

    as a stormer which team should we cheer for when bulls play the kings? . . o well i am sure there more exciting stuff on another channel than that match .

  • viva.lebok - 2013-02-12 23:29

    Kings pick their big chops, and the King chop will be the captain

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