Disappointing end to Southern Kings Super Rugby debut

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The final 2013 Super Rugby game for the Southern Kings, which saw them take on The Sharks in Durban, ended on a disappointing note, with the home side scoring ten tries against a young Southern Kings team.

Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons said the team, which lacked a number of key players, had not played well, which showed in the final score of 58 to 13.

“We played very poorly. We made a lot of errors and The Sharks capitalised on those errors, which resulted in points,” said Solomons.

Solomons said the errors had run through the entire game, with among others, fractured setpiece, disappointing lineouts and poor handling skills.

“Our ability to stem their mauls was extremely poor. Three of their first four tries resulted from their driving maul, which we were unable to stem.”

“We also failed to stop their momentu. They are a momentum side. We just gave them enormous yards. If you fail to stop them and allow them to build up momentum, then you’re in big trouble,” he said.

Solomons said, despite the result, he had been impressed with the performance of youngsters Aidon Davis, Shane Gates and Siviwe Soyizwapi, all of whom were a credit to the work being done by the Kings Academy.

Solomons said the game also had to be seen in context of the upcoming promotion / relegation matches against the Lions.

“I would say you have to see this game in context, for us, our focus after the Stormers was firmly on the promotion / relegation matches, and a lot of the guys who played on the weekend, haven’t had much Super Rugby game time and have not played together as a combination. All those factors came into the mix, but we have had to look at the bigger picture,” he said.

“The players will be given a break until Thursday morning, when we will regroup and start preparations for the first promotion relegation game, which is on the 26th of July,” he said.

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