Kings must get out the blocks early

Sun, 04 Nov 2012 15:37
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New Kings recruit Bandise Maku feels it is vital that the Super Rugby rookies get a few victories under the belt early in their inaugural campaign.

New Southern Kings recruit Bandise Maku feels it is vital that the Super Rugby rookies get a few victories under the belt early in their inaugural campaign.

The one-time Springbok hooker, speaking to this website in an exclusive interview, said the men from the Eastern Cape will have to "pitch up" from the outset.

"It is important to start off on a good note, in terms of the confidence of the players," Maku said, when asked what the Kings' prospect of a successful debut is in 2013.

"Also, to be able to take the positives out of the first game and move forward. Our first game is against the Western Force, which will be a very important game for the Kings."

He dismissed the notion that the Perth-based Force would be the ideal start for the Kings because they are not one of the competitions top teams.

"In Super Rugby every team is tough, so you have to pitch up from the outset or you will be on the back foot.

"We all know there are no easy games and we just have to prepare well, have a good off-season and make sure there is good cohesion in the team."

The 26-year-old hooker said the overall strength of the squad is the key for any in Super Rugby.

"If you have a good squad and you are able to pull off a couple of wins you will find yourself in a good position.

"The most important aspect for us is to just get some good off-season training and make sure we get the basics right - the set pieces, game plan, good kicking game and that stuff.

"It is important that we all get on the same page.

"We will need a good off-season build-up and a couple of warm-up games to make sure we get to the Super Rugby season well-prepared."

While most pundits feel the Kings will lack in terms of squad dept, despite some high-profile recruiting in recent weeks, Maku is adamant they will be up for the challenge.

"They [Kings management] are still working on a couple of signings, so we will probably find that out once the squad is finalised."

It has been reported that Springbok centre Waylon Murray looks likely to join the Kings. The 26-year-old Murray, who played three Tests for the Boks in 2007, has become a free agent after his contract with the Lions expired.

Other notable recent signings from the Kings include centre Andries Strauss (Cheetahs), flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis (WP), scrumhalf Nicolas Vergallo (Argentina), utility back Hadleigh Parkes (Blues) and lock Steven Sykes (Sharks).

By Jan de Koning

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Fri, 26 August 2016
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Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 17h40 Salta
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Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
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Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9