Kings banking on some experience

Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:45
Large darron nell interviewed 630 Large tiger mangweni boxing 630 Large darron nell ep kings 630jpg

The Kings will hope that a few of their more senior players return for the second match in the promotion-relegation series against the Cheetahs on Friday.

The Eastern Province Kings will hope that a few of their more senior players return, as they look to bounce back from a 39-point hammering at the hands of the Free State Cheetahs last Friday.

The hapless Kings, who lost 14-53 in Bloemfontein last week, are waiting on the medical reports of team leaders like Darron Nell and Tiger Mangweni - whop could both return for the Round Two fixture in Port Elizabeth this coming Friday.

Kings coach Alan Solomons said they will get finality on the injuries by Tuesday morning.

"There are a few players that might be unavailable," he told this website, adding" We'll know once they've seen the medical staff."

Fullback SP Marais went off in the loss to the with the Cheetahs with a groin injury and is listed as the "major" concern at the moment.

Wayne Stevens, who captained the Kings in the absence of players like Luke Watson, Nell and Mangweni, also took a knock to his knee and will be assessed before a call is made on Tuesday.

"Those are the two big ones at the moment," Solomons said, adding that there are lots of guys who have "bumps and bruises" - including New Zealand prop Clint Newland, who has a chest complaint.

"We will just have to have a look at that on Tuesday to see how everyone is shaping up and feeling," Solomons said.

However, the good news is the possible return of senior players like Mangweni and Nell.

"Tiger [Mangweni] has had a rest, so the odds are he will be available this week.

"Darron Nell  is another possibility to return [from injury]."

Nell captained the side and Mangweni was the vice-captain in the absence of Watson and if they will certainly come into the frame when the team is named on Tuesday.

Meanwhile it has been reports in the Port Elizabeth media that the 32-year-old Newland could be playing his final game for the Kings on Friday.

It is believed he will head to Europe next year, opening the door for the Kings to get another foreign import.

Currently Samoan Paul Perez and Newlands are the 'foreigners' on their books, while Argentinean scrumhalf Nicolas Vergallo and Blues utility back Hadleigh Parkes were recently unveiled as big-name signings.

However, with SARU having set a limit of just two foreign imports and Vergallo's French club refusing to release him before 2014, the Kings will now have Parkes as the second 'international' on their books.

By Jan de Koning

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 28 April 2017
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Blues 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
Fri, 05 May 2017
Hurricanes v Stormers 07h35 Westpac Stadium
Cheetahs v Highlanders 17h00 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 57 | 14
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 8 8 0 0 39
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Western Province 8 5 0 3 27
Golden Lions 8 5 0 3 26
Sharks 8 5 0 3 25
Griquas 8 4 0 4 21
Boland 8 2 0 6 11
Pumas 8 1 0 7 10
EP Kings 8 0 0 8 1