Kings want an Aussie scalp

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:12

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Southern Kings are looking to bounce back after their 41-46 defeat to the Western Force last weekend when they face the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.

The match in Brisbane will be the Kings' second on their three-match tour of Australia and the Port Elizabeth-based team have their eyes firmly set on turning things around by claiming their first win on tour.

Southern Kings hooker Michael Willemse stressed on Tuesday that the team was focused on the upcoming match against the Reds and improving on the positive signs that have been evident in the side's previous matches.

"The Reds have a lot of international experience, so we need to front up this weekend," Willemse said.

"We have built up some confidence coming from last weekend. I think we played some good footie and we just have got to finish it off.

"We are focusing on ourselves going into this weekend. We really want to get the win this weekend. That will help in terms of our tour and going into the next few games. We are really going to have a positive mindset, and hopefully we can get the win."

The Kings go into Saturday's match having sustained no new injuries.

The squad is also enjoying life on the road, with a number of the players touring Australia for the first time.

"It's been good so far, recovery-wise. The team is quite excited to be in Brisbane. A lot of the guys haven't been here before – a new environment, new scenery," said Willemse.

"We have recovered well and have had no injuries, which is good for us.

"We are excited for the weekend and we look forward to a great week of training going forward into the weekend."

Head coach Deon Davids will announce his matchday-23 on Thursday.

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