Watson: Kings 'never rocked up'
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."