Nell leads young Kings

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:26
Large darron nell media2

The Southern Kings will take to the field against the Cheetahs on Saturday with a mixture of experience and youth.

The Southern Kings, currently under the guidance of caretaker coach Robbie Kempson, will take to the field against the Cheetahs on Saturday with a mixture of experience and youth.

The team will be captained by stalwart Darron Nell, who shared the captaincy role for the Southern Kings with Luke Watson and Andries Strauss in their Super Rugby debut season last year.

Ronnie Cooke, the EP Kings' Player of the Year last year, is the vice-captain.

Kempson said the team had been putting in the hours during their pre-season training and were keen to get out and play some rugby.

He said while the Southern Kings would not be playing Super Rugby themselves this year, they realised that these warm-up matches were very important to the opposition teams.

"Obviously for the Cheetahs, Lions and Stormers these matches are an important part of their preparations for the Super Rugby season and we want to ensure that we give them enough competition so that they have the best opportunity to prepare," he said.

Nell said the mood among the players was high and that they were eager to take on the Cheetahs this weekend.

"There are a lot of youngsters and new faces in the team which has brought a new energy to the training. They have also had to learn a lot of new plays and line-out calls, but they're really adapting well," he said.

Nell said from a strength and conditioning point of view, the players were also in good form.

"While we did have a two and a half week break over Christmas, there were still training programmes that we had to follow, and all the guys tested well when they came back, and have worked really hard," he said.

Nell said the players had also been working on a few new things, and said Kings supporters could expect to see some entertaining and exciting rugby.

"We have always had good support at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and would love to have the fans come out and support us on Saturday," he said.

Southern Kings: 15 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Dwayne Jenner, 11 Michael Killian, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Jaco Grobler, 8 Devin Oosthuizen, 7 Darron Nell (captain), 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Pieter Stemmet, 2 Dane van der Westhuyzen, 1 BG Uys.
Replacements - from: Albe de Swardt, Brenden Olivier, Vukile Sofisa, Stephan Zaayman, Stephan Greef, Thembelani Bholi, Claude Tshidibi, Sonwabo Majola, Shane Gates, Ntabeni Dukisa, Brian Skosana.

Date: Saturday, January 25
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Jason Jaftha

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 01 July 2016
Chiefs v Crusaders 07h35 Suva
Brumbies v Reds 09h40 Canberra
EP Kings v Griquas 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Blue Bulls v Boland 17h00 Loftus Versfeld
Sat, 02 July 2016
Sunwolves v Waratahs 05h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Blues 07h35 Wellington
Rebels v Stormers 09h40 Melbourne
Free State Cheetahs v Falcons 10h05 Bloemfontein
Golden Lions v Griffons 12h05 Johannesburg
Western Province v Eagles 13h00 Newlands
Namibia v Border 13h00 Windhoek
Cheetahs v Force 13h00 Bloemfontein
Sharks v Leopards 15h00 Durban
Kings v Highlanders 15h05 Port Elizabeth
Lions v Sharks 17h10 Johannesburg
Jaguares v Bulls 21h40 Buenos Aires
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 8 0 4 34
Waratahs 12 7 0 5 34
Rebels 12 6 0 6 27
Reds 12 3 1 8 16
Force 12 2 0 10 12
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 12 10 0 2 45
Chiefs 12 9 0 3 42
Hurricanes 12 8 0 4 40
Highlanders 12 8 0 4 38
Blues 12 6 1 5 30
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 1 4 36
Bulls 12 7 1 4 32
Cheetahs 12 3 0 9 17
Sunwolves 12 1 1 10 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 12 9 0 3 42
Sharks 12 7 1 4 35
Jaguares 12 2 0 10 14
Kings 12 2 0 10 9