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    Kings seek recuperation before Bulls

    2017-07-05 13:35

    Cape Town - The Kings, coming off a hugely impressive win over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires, are now beginning to look forward to this weekend's clash against the Bulls at Loftus. 

    Coach Deon Davids has seen his side win five of their 13 matches in what has been a largely promising season for the Port Elizabeth-based franchise. 

    The Bulls have won just four of their 13 matches, and if they lost in their own back yard to the Kings it would solidify what has been a disastrous season up until now. 

    The Kings, though, have battled somewhat with the travel. 

    Upon returning from Argentina, they opted to stay at Sun City and not return to PE. This week has seen them ease back into training with a significant focus on regeneration ahead of Saturday's clash.

    "It was a tiring trip from Argentina back to South Africa. We know that we have to build progressively into Saturday," Davids said.

    "I hope that when we start the game on Saturday everyone will be rested and energised.

    "It's not easy to go to Buenos Aires and get a win.

    "It was encouraging to see how they were willing to fight until the end to get a good result. A victory always contributes to a positive culture in the team ... there is a lot of positive energy in the camp."

    The Kings are without lock Wilhelm van der Sluys, who picked up an injury in Argentina. 

    Everyone else is fit, but Davids knows that the Bulls will be seriously difficult to beat.

    "The Bulls will bring a lot of confidence from their win against the Sharks," he said.

    "We expect a tough game. They are a very proud franchise with a lot of support and quality players."

    Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:15.

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    Saturday, 17 February 2018
    • Stormers v Jaguares, Cape Town 15:05
    • Lions v Sharks, Emirates Airlines Park 17:15
    Friday, 23 February 2018
    • Highlanders v Blues, 08:35
    • Rebels v Reds, AAMI Park 10:45
    Saturday, 24 February 2018
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    • Crusaders v Chiefs, 08:35
    • Waratahs v Stormers, Allianz Stadium 10:45
    • Lions v Jaguares, Emirates Airlines Park 15:05
    • Bulls v Hurricanes, Loftus Versfeld 17:15

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