Kings are a joke, says Kiwi scribe
Cape Town - A popular New Zealand scribe says SA Rugby
should be ashamed for allowing a weak team like the Southern Kings into the
Super Rugby competition.
The Kings re-entered an expanded 18-team competition this
year, which also now includes the Jaguares from Argentina and the Sunwolves from
All three teams have been disappointing, but the Kings have
been the worst, winning only one game (at home against the Sunwolves) out of 11
and boast by far the competition’s worst points difference at -315.
Marc Hinton, a columnist for the stuff.co.nz website, has
criticised the formation of the competition which, after this weekend’s action,
will break for a month for the June internationals.
“This competition, for all its faults, deserves more than
the ridiculous, momentum-slashing, fan-challenging, nonsensical pregnant pause
it's about to undergo. Just when the race is getting interesting, with three
rounds to sort out the final playoff spots, it is all going to go on hold for a
month while a bunch of meaningless international fixtures take place. Super
Rugby deserves better. Its fans deserve better. We all deserve better,” he
He was heavily critical on South Africa for pushing to have
the Kings included in Super Rugby.
“Yes, the Kings are a joke (shame on you, South Africa, for
your insistence that such a lame duck be part of this competition) and the
Sunwolves and Jaguares are little more than road bumps in their first year in
the expanded competition. And, sure enough, the Kiwi-Aussie rivalry in the ‘Australasian’
group is gloriously one-sided and set to yield a bumper crop of New Zealand
teams in the playoffs.
“Also, if you're really picky the format is less than ideal,
with consistent, powerful teams sitting below lesser sides on the table even
though they have more championship points, because SANZAAR is insistent on
protecting home playoff advantage for all of its core territories.”
In the ‘Bad week for’ category at the end of his column,
Hinton again singled out the Kings.
“The Kings. Another week, another smashing. Quite why the
South Africans fought so hard for this is mystifying to say the least,” he
CLICK HERE to read the full column on the stuff.co.nz website