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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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28