Border proud of Kings duo
Gareth Duncan - MyPlayers.co.za
Port Elizabeth - Centre Lukhanyo Am and scrumhalf Ntando
Kebe are flying the flag for Border rugby at higher levels, say the players at
the East London-based union.
Am (22) and Kebe (27) have been regular features for the
Southern Kings during Super Rugby this season.
While the Kings have struggled at this stage of the
competition, losing seven of their eight fixtures, the duo have made a positive
impression following a string of impressive individual performances.
Both players started their professional rugby careers at
Border. Kebe has spent seven of his 10 seasons at the union, having emerged at
Under-19 level in 2007. He has also played for Boland and Griquas.
Am spent three seasons at Border before signing a deal with
the Sharks after stellar showings during the 2015 Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup
First Division campaigns (the centre is currently on loan at the Kings).
Border veteran Blake Kyd said the players are proud of their
team-mates impressing at higher levels.
“We are very, very happy to see the guys doing so well at
Super Rugby level this season. It proves that if you give players the right
opportunities, you give them the fair opportunity to excel,” Kyd told MyPlayers.
“Many players at Border come from the club rugby structures,
so they don’t often get a fair chance to prove themselves at provincial or
Super Rugby level. Lukhanyo and Ntando are proving that there is great rugby
talent from this region.
“This also creates internal motivation. Most of our players
have played alongside Lukhanyo and Ntando for years. Their promotion through
the rugby ranks inspires us to believe we can do the same if we work hard.”
Border are also doing well during the Currie Cup qualifiers
They picked up surprise wins over the Sharks XV, Golden
Lions and neighbours EP Kings. Although they slumped to a 26-3 loss to the
Pumas last weekend, the East London-based union have already exceeded
Kyd hopes more successful results will earn more Border
players bigger opportunities.
“Because of all the off-field issues last season, there
wasn’t a great opportunity for Border to form a strong partnership with the
Southern Kings going into Super Rugby. I can only imagine how their
preparations and planning were rushed because of this, but we’re hoping as
Kings re-establish themselves, we can have more of our players playing their
way into the squad and earning their chance of showcasing their worth at higher
levels,” said Kyd.
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