Hapless Kings call up reinforcements

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:24
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NEWS: With the rigours of a winless run in the first six rounds of the Pro14 now behind them, the Southern Kings have called on some reinforcements.

The Kings are enjoying a welcome break from the competition, before their next assignment against high-flying Glasgow Warriors on Saturday, October 28.

Invaluable to the players, as it afforded them a few extra days to recover from the inevitable bumps and bruises and niggles that they picked up during the course of the game, the break also presented the coaching staff with an opportunity to take stock of franchise performances to date and to start making changes where necessary.

An obvious weakness which stood out so far this season for the Kings is a lack of depth in certain positions and it was thus with great excitement that coach Deon Davids announced that the Kings had secured the services of Sharks prop forward Mzamo Majola and South Western Districts flyhalf Martin Du Toit - on loan until the end of the Pro14 championship.

Majola is rated as one of the rising front row stars of South African and has already been capped by his country at Under-20 level.

His arrival brings welcome depth to the position for Davids, who has been forced to field veteran hardman Schalk Ferreira in the No.1 jersey in every match so far this season.

The signing of Du Toit, who can also play at inside centre, ensures the Kings have another option at flyhalf - where they have missed the playmaking ability of the injured Kurt Coleman over the past few weeks.

Coleman's anticipated return to action within the next few weeks could then present Davids with a rare selection dilemma at flyhalf should Pieter-Steyn De Wet, Oliver Zono and Martin Du Toit all be fit and ready to play.

"We welcome Mzamo and Martin to the squad," Davids said.

"They are both good players whom we have kept our eyes on for a while and there is no doubt they will add depth and strengthen our squad.

"Don't be at all surprised if another name or two follows in their footsteps shortly," the coach added cryptically.

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Fri, 23 March 2018
Connacht v Edinburgh 22h00 Sportsground
Munster v Scarlets 22h00 Thomond Park
Dragons v Cheetahs 22h00 Rodney Parade
Ospreys v Leinster 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 22h00 Scotstoun
Kings v Treviso 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Jaguares v Lions 21h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 51 | 27
Sat, 17 March 2018
Jaguares v Reds 7 | 18
Wales v France 14 | 13
Lions v Sunwolves 40 | 38
England v Ireland 15 | 24
Stormers v Blues 37 | 20
Italy v Scotland 27 | 29
Brumbies v Sharks 24 | 17
Highlanders v Crusaders 25 | 17
Fri, 16 March 2018
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 31 | 25
Edinburgh v Munster 12 | 6
Chiefs v Bulls 41 | 28
Sun, 11 March 2018
Wales v Italy 38 | 14
Sat, 10 March 2018
Jaguares v Waratahs 38 | 28
France v England 22 | 16
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 16 13 1 2 65
Munster 17 10 0 7 54
Cheetahs 17 9 0 8 47
Cardiff Blues 17 9 0 8 42
Connacht 17 6 0 11 33
Ospreys 16 6 0 10 30
Zebre 16 4 0 12 22
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 17 13 1 3 64
Scarlets 17 12 1 4 61
Edinburgh 17 12 0 5 55
Ulster 16 9 1 6 46
Treviso 17 8 0 9 40
Dragons 17 2 2 13 17
Kings 17 1 0 16 9