Kings will continue to build

Sat, 03 Aug 2013 20:49
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The Southern Kings may have lost their Super Rugby status, but they will not lay down and play dead.

The Southern Kings may have lost their Super Rugby status and are set to lose a host of key players, but they will not lay down and play dead.

The Lions have clawed their way back into Super Rugby, despite going down 18-23 to the Kings in their second leg promotion-relegation match at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The Kings needed to win by more than eight points to remain in Super Rugby, but did not have enough firing power to get themselves over the final hurdle.

Kings captain Darron Nell expressed his disappointment with the narrow margin (just two points on aggregate) that they lost out on, but said they will continue to build on the solid foundation laid this year.

"I thought we had a great Super Rugby [season] and the guys here [at Ellis Park] had a great effort," he said of the five-point win in Johannesburg.

"It was small margins today [Saturday] again, that the Lions pipped us by [44-42 on aggregate].

"We'll go back on Monday, get ourselves together and work from there.

"I am immensely proud of what happened down at the Kings [in Port Elizabeth]. The people have been unbelievable - that is the most disappointing thing for our crowds next year, is not to have Super Rugby.

"That is what drove the boys this week.

"We come away [from Ellis Park] with a win, but it is disappointing [to lose our Super rugby status].

"We got together in a circle [after the game] and there wasn't one head up.

"The boys really wanted this badly today [Saturday].

"There was something great we built there and we will carry on building."

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Sat, 27 May 2017
Highlanders v Waratahs 07h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Crusaders 09h45 Melbourne
Bulls v Hurricanes 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13h30 London
Sharks v Stormers 15h15 Kings Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h15 Dublin
Jaguares v Brumbies 21h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 12h30 Ellis Park Stadium
Wed, 31 May 2017
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New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
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
RESULT SCORE
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
Lions v Bulls 51 | 14
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 18 | 16
Sunwolves v Sharks 17 | 38
Force v Highlanders 6 | 55
Hurricanes v Cheetahs 61 | 7
Fri, 19 May 2017
Leinster v Scarlets 15 | 27
Stormers v Blues 30 | 22
Chiefs v Crusaders 24 | 31
Sat, 13 May 2017
Jaguares v Force 6 | 16
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 11 4 0 7 23
Waratahs 11 4 0 7 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 11 1 1 9 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 12 12 0 0 54
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Hurricanes 11 9 0 2 43
Highlanders 12 9 0 3 41
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 11 7 0 4 30
Bulls 11 3 0 8 15
Cheetahs 12 2 0 10 11
Sunwolves 11 1 0 10 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 12 11 0 1 51
Sharks 12 8 1 3 38
Jaguares 11 5 0 6 24
Kings 11 4 0 7 19