Kings ready to make Super statement

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:17

REACTION: The Southern Kings will head to Pretoria this week determined to make a statement about their future in Super Rugby.

Veteran prop Ross Geldenhuys, speaking after an impressive 31-30 win over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires at the weekend, said they want to make it difficult for the South African Rugby Union to axe them.

Their win at the weekend was the fourth win in six matches.

Dwindling crowds, shrinking TV audiences and a ridiculous format have forced SANZAAR - the competition organisers - to reduce the teams from 18 to 15.

South Africa have to cull two of their six teams and one Australian side among five - either Melbourne Rebels or Western Force - will also drop out.

SARU plan to announce the two casualties this coming Friday, but the Kings hope their form and impressive run in the last six rounds  has given SARU food for thought.

Even if their name is read out as one of the two teams to be axed this coming Friday, they plan to leave egg over SARU;'s faces when they face the Bulls in Pretoria a day later.

"We need to wait for the powers that be - SANZAAR and SARU - to reveal what is to happen," Geldenhuys said after the win in Buenos Aires.

"If it is the Pro12 it is the Pro12, if it is Super Rugby, it is Super Rugby," Geldenhuys said, adding: "We just need to focus on the next game.

"The more we win, the harder it will be for us to be left out.

"We must focus on the next game, against the Bulls - it is going to be a massive game.

"They are going to be motivated for the game."

* Meanwhile The Kings arrived back in Johannesburg from their trip to Argentina in good spirits on Monday.

The team travelled to Sun City, where they will camp for the rest of the week in preparation for their encounter with the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Team doctor Konrad von Hagen was pleased that the side returned with no major injury concerns following the gruelling encounter with the tough Jaguares.

Von Hagen was pleased to announce that with the exception lock Wilhelm van der Sluys, who had suffered a concussion in the Buenos Aires match, there were no other injury casualties in the team.

The Southern Kings - who have beaten the Sunwolves, Waratahs, Rebels, Sharks and Jaguares this season - have two remaining fixtures.

They face the Bulls on Saturday and the last round encounter with the Cheetahs in Port Elizabeth.

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Fri, 23 March 2018
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 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 AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 4 3 0 1 15
Waratahs 4 2 1 1 10
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Sunwolves 4 0 0 4 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 3 3 0 0 13
Hurricanes 3 2 0 1 10
Crusaders 4 2 0 2 10
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Blues 4 1 0 3 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 5 4 0 1 19
Stormers 5 2 0 3 9
Sharks 4 1 1 4 9
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4