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Kings target Aussie clean-sheet

2013-05-02 19:22

Cape Town - The Kings will complete their encounters against Australian opposition on Saturday when they host the Waratahs in Port Elizabeth (17:05 kick-off).

The Super Rugby newcomers have not yet lost to an Aussie team this season, having beaten the Force at home, the Rebels away and sharing the spoils with the Brumbies in Canberra (they won't face the Reds this year). They will therefore be looking to keep that record intact in what is the Waratahs’ first visit to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Furthermore, the Kings will be custodians of a South African win streak against the men from Sydney. The Waratahs have lost their last eight matches on the trot in South Africa, dating back to 15 May 2009, when they beat the Lions 38-33 in Johannesburg.

Overall, the Waratahs have won only 14 of their 38 matches in South Africa, or 36.8%.

The Kings will also be looking to get back on the try-scoring sheet this weekend, after going try-less in their last two matches. They’ve scored at least two tries in each of their three matches against Aussie opposition this year.

Commenting on the try-scoring drought, Kings Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons, said: “These things happen. We have had opportunities which we have not converted into points. We believe we must take those opportunities. There has been a good focus this week and we are sure everyone is on the same page as far as that is concerned. I am sure that on Saturday things will be different.”

Kings flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis can pass 100 points in his debut Super Rugby season on Saturday. He is currently on 88 points for 2013, which places him 10th overall on the list of top scorers for the season.

Teams:

Kings:

15. George Whitehead, 14. Sergeal Petersen, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Andries Strauss (captain), 11. Siyanda Grey, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. Cornell du Preez, 5. Rynier Bernado, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira

Substitutes: 16. Virgile Lacombe, 17. Grant Kemp, 18. David Bulbring, 19. Luke Watson, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. Waylon Murray, 22. Siviwe Soyizwapi

Waratahs:


15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Crawford, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (captain), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Will Skelton, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Pat McCutcheon, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Ben Volavola, 23 Tom Kingston

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Comments
  • Squeegee Pilot - 2013-05-02 19:41

    The Kings can 'target' any made up scenario they want, they are still going to get clobbered this weekend...

      frankgerald - 2013-05-02 19:49

      Eish Pilot,so what!!! These types of comments is really getting boring and way over-cooked!!!!

      Izz Hayes - 2013-05-02 20:46

      These blokes nailed 4 tries into home playing Brumbies skin, they'll give the Tahs a good go I'll assure you

      Doc Tyson - 2013-05-03 04:34

      Izz, no I hope the Waratahs beat them. If they win a few games, the Bulls might just find themselves at the bottom of the SA conference at the end of the season, having to play difficult games against the Lions to stay in the Super 15. And I don't want my Bulls to be kicked out like they should have been in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

  • frankgerald - 2013-05-02 19:42

    A tough mission but possible. Gooduck to the Kings on Saturday,will be there. Go kings go...we love!

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-05-02 20:15

      Mission impossible!

      Sean Brady - 2013-05-02 20:32

      Not possible Frank. They were beaten by altitude last week in the last fifteen minutes giving the Bulls the advantage and chance to score that try. At sea-level they will be too strong for the Kings. Waratahs by 9+ I'm afraid.

      Buksie Botha - 2013-05-02 20:58

      Atleast the Dj will entertain the crowd because the kings wont...oh wait hes rubbish too

      Witgemors Werner - 2013-05-02 21:51

      Kyk, daai DJ gaan meer Saterdag heeltyd net daai "defense" chant gooi

  • Chris Otto - 2013-05-02 19:52

    They gonna get clobbered Frank...

  • Sean Brady - 2013-05-02 20:30

    The Kings will keep their unbeaten record against Australian sides for 2013; the Kings will continue the losing streak of the Waratahs in South Africa; the Kings will get back on the try-scoring sheet. Looks like somebody found a lamp on a Port Elizabeth beach and made their three wishes!!! Unfortunately not even a genie is going to be able to help them this weekend. The Waratahs will prove too strong and win without the Kings getting a [losing] bonus point.

  • Mike Suter - 2013-05-02 20:30

    Ur the Troll Thomas .

      Doc Tyson - 2013-05-03 04:48

      An important Sumerian city-state in ancient Mesopotamia?

      Doc Tyson - 2013-05-03 05:14

      Who was he? A Sumerian living in ancient Mesopotamia?

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-05-03 05:18

      WOW. The schizo loser googled something correctly. I'm impressed. This calls for a celebration.

  • Doc Tyson - 2013-05-03 00:43

    Last on the log. And 18 years cupless. 17 years that you could not even qualify.

  • Piet Boerie - 2013-05-03 04:56

    Stick it to the haters. Go Kings Sharks groete.

  • akaRags - 2013-05-03 05:28

    Unlikely...... Never say never, but it will be a hard task, The Warratahs will want to make sure they aren't beaten by the bottom of the log newbies.

  • Gavin Hundermark - 2013-05-03 08:09

    For their sake, I'd like to see them do it. It will be tough, but it will put down an incredible marker for the future if they can. I just think the 'Tahs will be too much, so I've taken 'Tahs on Superbru, but with a small enuf margin to cover the draw as well :)

  • bveroni - 2013-05-03 09:03

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  • Louis Bensch - 2013-05-03 12:36

    Go Waratahs!!!, by 19!!

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