Kings' last chance for derby glory

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 13:30
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The Kings will have one last chance to secure a victory in a South African derby when they face the Sharks next week.

The Kings will have one last chance to secure a victory in a South African derby when they face the Sharks next week.

The Eastern Cape outfit went down to the Stormers in a bruising encounter in Port Elizabeth, leaving them still without a South African scalp in their debut season.

Despite being on the wrong end of the result, Southern Kings captain Andries Strauss said he was proud of his team.

Strauss said he was proud of his team because they gave their all against the Stormers.

"We are a very proud team and we let ourselves down physically last weekend when we lost to the Bulls at Loftus," Strauss said.

"We had to make a step up against the Stormers and earn a bit of respect which we have built up during the season.

"The boys left everything out on the field and barring a couple of penalties we gave away at silly times I felt we in with a shout right up until the end.

Kings Director of Rugby Alan Solomons said he did not feel there had been excessive aggression in the game between two tough sides who pride themselves on their rugged defence.

"Rugby is a physical game and you get the odd little flare-up, but I did not think there was anything excessive," Solomons said.

"In the contact areas there was a fair amount of activity which one expects. They pride themselves on their defence and so do we."


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