Watson: Kings 'never rocked up'

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:43
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Southern Kings captain Luke Watson admitted his team failed to fire a shot in anger against the Bulls at the weekend.

Southern Kings captain Luke Watson admitted his team failed to fire a shot in anger in their much-anticipated all-South African Super Rugby derby with the Bulls at the weekend.

Returning home after a successful Australian leg of their tour - which included a draw with the table-topping Brumbies and a win over the Rebels - the Kings had promised to 'fight fire with fire' against the Bulls.

However, after suffering a 34-0 drubbing at the hands of an inspired Bulls outfit in their Super Rugby fixture in Port Elizabeth at the weekend, the Kings skipper, Watson, admitted they will be hard pressed to try to bounce back immediately.

Up against a ruthless and commanding Bulls pack, and some outstanding play by centres Jan Serfontein and JJ Engelbrecht, the Kings were outclassed in front of a capacity crowd at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

It was a disappointing result for the home team, particularly after having done well towards the end of their overseas trip.

The Bulls picked up an important five points and boosted themselves to the top of the South African conference.

"We weren't in the game at all," Watson said.

"The Bulls were in top form, very accurate and very clinical in everything they did.

"They took us out of the game and we never rocked up, so it was a disappointing evening for us."

Watson was reluctant to give any excuses for their performance, but did cite the travel factor and some inexperience as possible causes.

However, he emphasised that the Kings would have to lift themselves up from this performance.

"We have to bounce back from this," Watson said. "We know the nature of the competition and we have to bounce back. We have no option here.

"We know the Cheetahs will be very tough next week, but we have to pick ourselves up."

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19