As messages of support and congratulations still continue to pour in over social networks, the Southern Kings have acknowledged their fan base as being a contributing factor in their win against the Melbourne Rebels today.
Head Coach Matt Sexton said the players had been inspired by the hundreds of messages they had received from fans from across the world ahead of the game.
“We received a huge amount of e-mails from fans, expressing their support and belief in the team; they were fantastic and the messages really helped rally the troops,” he said.
The e-mails were collated, printed out and placed up on the walls of the team room at the hotel, for the team to read after breakfast, ahead of the match.
Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons said the messages of support had really resonated with the team.
“We have said time and again that if the team gives of themselves, they will receive the support, and we are seeing this, in abundance,” he said.
Solomons said they had set out to build the team on courage, character and commitment, and it was rewarding to see that being recognised by the fans.
“The messages rang so true for the side and they really appreciated the support,” he said.
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