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TEAM ANNOUNCMENT VS CARDIFF BLUES

SOUTHERN KINGS VS CARDIFF BLUES
SATURDAY, 14 APRIL 2018
NELSON MANDELA BAY STADIUM
KICK OFF 19:35

TEAM SHEET

15
Masixole Banda
14
Michael Makase
13
Berton Klaasen
12
Luzuko Vulindlu
11
Yaw Penxe
10
Ntabeni Dukisa
9
Godlen Masimla
1
Schalk Ferreira (C)
2
Stephan Coetzee
3
Rossouw De Klerk
4
Bobby De Wee
5
Lubabalo Mtyanda
6
Lusanda Badiyana
7
Martinus Burger
8
Ruaan Lerm

SUBSTITUTES

16
Tango Balekile
17
Justin Forwood
18
Luvuyo Pupuma
19(24)
Lindokuhle Welemu
20
Khaya Majola
21
Rudi Van Rooyen
22
Alshaun Bock
23
Harlon Klaasen


April 13, 2018 in Uncategorized
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Southern Kings vs Munster

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: SOUTHERN KINGS VS MUNSTER, SATURDAY, 7 APRIL 2018

5 APRL 2018

Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids today named his team to take on Munster in a historic GUINESSPRO14 Championship encounter to take place at Outeniquapark in George on Saturday. It will be first time ever that the picturesque Garden Route city hosts an international franchise fixture and organisers have gone all out to ensure there is a festive air to the occasion that will appeal to the whole family.

Davids, originally from the Southern Cape himself, has left intact the entire forward pack that did duty in the narrow 36-35 defeat against Benetton last weekend but the backline and bench show some changes. As expected, Martin Du Toit returns to the starting line up in place of Kurt Coleman who was ruled out for the rest of the season after fracturing his left leg against Benetton and there are also changes at wing and centre. Yaw Penxe returns at left wing in place of Alshaun Bock. Michael Makase retains his spot on the opposite flank. Jacques Nel gets a rare opportunity to start in the number 12 jersey, switching with Luzuko Vulindlu who moves to the bench.

The big story amongst the replacements is the inclusion of Justin Forwood in the squad for the first time this season. The talented front-row returns after long-term injury. In other changes Dukisa Ntabeni, Rudi van Rooyen and Alandre van Rooyen take over as replacements from Tango Balekile, Rowan Gouws and Martin Du Toit.

Coach Davids stressed the need for his players to take individual responsibility for their decision-making after the loss to Benetton and indicated that this was an area his players had been working hard on ahead for the Munster match. “Our defensive systems are sound but they still require the player that is in place and in position to execute what we’ve practiced – whether it’s to make a tackle or kick into touch. Munster are a very good side and if we make errors and don’t execute well they will punish us,” he said.

There’s no doubt that the George public are looking forward to the occasion. Rival club rugby powerhouses Progress and Evergreens will provide the official curtain-raiser and the main match between the Kings and Munster will kick off at 19h35. Gates open at 13h00.

Tickets are available online from www.ticketpros.co.za as well as from TicketPro outlets.

TEAM LIST

15
Masixole Banda
14
Michael Makase
13
Jacques Nel
12
Berton Klaasen
11
Yaw Penxe
10
Martin Du Toit
9
Godlen Masimla
1
Schalk Ferreira (C)
2
Stephan Coetzee
3
Pieter Scholtz
4
Stephan Greeff
5
Bobby De Wee
6
Andisa Ntsila
7
Martinus Burger
8
Ruaan Lerm

SUBSTITUTES

16
Alandre Van Rooyen
17
Justin Forwood
18
Luvuyo Pupuma
19
Lubabalo Mtyanda
20
Lusanda Badiyana
21
Rudi Van Rooyen
22
Ntabeni Dukisa
23
Luzuko Vulindlu

ENDS
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April 5, 2018 in Uncategorized
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SOUTHERN KINGS VS BENETTON TREVISO POST MATCH AND MEDICAL REPORT

The Southern Kings came desperately close to achieving back-to-back wins in the GUINNESSPRO14 Championship but it was ultimately not to be as they went down by a single point to Benetton Treviso at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. Each team scored five tries in a thriller that the Italians edged 36-35 after leading 26-21 at halftime.

After a slow start the Kings found themselves 12-0 down after just 10 minutes but then hit back with converted tries by Luzuko Vulindlu and Godlen Masimla to lead 14-12. Two more Benetton scores were answered by Ruaan Lerm going over for the Kings who also unfortunately lost flyhalf Kurt Coleman to a serious knee injury just before halftime. Coleman was replaced by Martin Du Toit.

The second-half saw Benetton add a try and a penalty whilst the Kings were awarded a penalty try and also had man-of-the-match Berton Klaasen go over for their bonus point try.

Speaking post-match Southern Kings Head Coach bemoaned his side’s slow start to the game and said it had forced them into playing catch-up rugby. “I’m really disappointed with the result and, with all due respect to Benetton, I think this was a game that we lost more than what they won. Our concentration was poor at the start and we let them get away and thereafter we just made too many basic and fundamental errors, like kicks not finding touch for instance. That allowed the opposition to stay in the game” he said.

“I also thought Kurt Coleman was playing well for us and losing him during the first half also didn’t help our cause,” he added.

Coleman was forced from the field in the 34th minute of the first half and there was some grim news regarding his condition from Southern Kings team doctor Lizanne Pieterse this morning when she revealed that the flyhalf and playmaker had suffered a fracture to his lower left leg.

“Kurt was operated on on Sunday morning. The operation was without complications and he is recovering well but will unfortunately be out of action for six months as a result,” said Dr Pieterse.

The doctor also advised that wing Anthony Volmink had not yet recovered from an injury to his left knee and would not be available for the Kings next match against Munster.

That fixture takes place at Outeniqua Park in George on Saturday, 7 April and a full day of entertainment has been arranged that includes a fixture between local clubs Evergreens and Progress as curtain raiser. Tickets are available from TicketPro outlets as well as www.ticketpros.co.za.

ENDS


March 26, 2018 in Uncategorized
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THE SIGNINGS BEGIN

There was exciting news for Southern Kings fans earlier today when the franchise announced the big-name signing of former Cheetahs and Waratahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius. The experienced Pretorius, who has also made three appearances for the Emerging Springboks, joins the Kings from GUINNESSPRO14 rivals the Newport Gwent Dragons on a two-year deal effective 1 July 2018.

“We are extremely pleased to have secured the services of a player of Sarel’s abilities and have no doubt he will prove to be a great success at the Kings. He is exactly the kind of player we need to add to our young squad. He is exciting and brings a wealth of experience with him,” said Chairman of the Southern Kings Board Andre Rademan.

Pretorius declared himself to be “extremely excited by the new challenge” and added that he was determined to help build the Kings into a “force to be reckoned with.” “The Eastern Cape has always produced great young rugby talent and I am looking forward to playing with them and, hopefully, to make a difference. I made my mind up when we were touring South Africa a few weeks ago. It’s a good time for my family and myself to go back home now.”” he said.

Pressed on whether the Kings were likely to announce more new signings in the near future Rademan declined to go into specifics but confirmed that the franchise was looking at strengthening “in a number of areas”.

Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids also welcomed the news of Pretorius’s signing. “Sarel’s record speaks for itself and I’m excited by the prospect of having him in our squad – not only because of his playing ability but also because of what our younger players will be able to learn from him,” he said.


March 20, 2018 in Uncategorized
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TEAM TO PLAY BENNETON

This weekend’s match against Benetton Treviso kicks off at 20h00 SA time and the Southern Kings will once again be captained by hooker Michael Willemse.

TEAM LIST

15 Masixole Banda

14 Sibusiso Sithole

13 Jacques Nel

12 Luzuko Vulindlu

11 Alshaun Bock

10 Pieter–Steyn de Wet

9 Godlen Masimla

1 Schalk Ferreira

2 Michael Willemse (C)

3 Martin Dreyer

4 Stephan Greeff

5 Bobby de Wee

6 Andisa Ntsila

7 Jurie van Vuuren

8 Dries van Schalkwyk

Substitutes

16 Tango Balekile

17 Rossouw de Klerk

18 Entienne Swanepoel

19 Lubabalo Mtyanda

20 Khaya Majola

21 Rudi van Rooyen

22 Oliver Zono

23 Berton Klaasen


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BENNETON 7 OCT


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DRAGONS 30 SEPTEMBER


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Southern Kings announce team to play Leinster Rugby

Southern Kings announce team to play Leinster Rugby on Saturday, 16 September 2017

Southern Kings Head Coach Deon Davids indulged in minimal tinkering to his squad when he, earlier today, announced the 23 players to face up to Leinster in a historic GUINESSPRO14 clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. It will be the Kings first home match in the competition as well as the first time that GUINESSPRO14 matches are played on South African soil and hooker Micheal Willemse will once again have the honour of leading the team onto the field while centre Luzuko Vulindlu will be vice-captain.

Only one change has been made in the Kings backline from the team that did duty against Connacht last weekend – scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen coming in for Godlen Masimla who drops to the bench.

Amongst the front-row, an injury to Rossouw De Klerk has resulted in Luvuyo Pupuma being rewarded for his try-scoring performance against Connacht by being included in the starting XV while Petrus Strauss and Martin Dreyer have been brought onto the bench. There is also a change at lock where Stephan Greeff takes over from Jurie Van Vuuren.

Coach Davids cut a satisfied figure as he ran the rule over his charges during a boisterous open practice session this morning. “It’s great to be back on home soil and we are looking forward to the game against Leinster on Saturday. We plan on giving everything we have to entertain the fans and we’re hoping they turn out in large numbers to cheer us on,” he said.

Southern Kings COO Charl Crous shared similar sentiments: “There are many times that home support has given the Kings that extra bit of lift that’s necessary when things get tough and we are definitely going to need our fans to come to the party again on Saturday. We’re encouraging them to team up with us against the Northern Hemisphere throughout the GUINESSPRO14 competition and have adopted the hashtag #TeamUp for this initiative.”

Crous also confirmed that official Southern Kings supporters gear will be available to the public from mid-October. “We have had numerous requests from fans regarding this and are working as fast as we can with our suppliers to get kit for our supporters to wear. It’s unfortunately one of the side-effects of our late inclusion in the GUINNESSPRO14 but it’s one which we soon hope to have solved,” he said

Tickets for Saturday’s match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – which kicks off at 14h15 – are on sale at all Ticket Pro outlets as well as online at www.ticketpros.co.za and start from as little as R50 per ticket

15 Full back Masixole Banda
14 Right wing Yaw Penxe
13 Right centre Berton Klaasen
12 Left centre Luzuko Vulindlu
11 Left wing Sibusiso Sithole
10 Fly half Kurt Coleman
9 Scrum half Rudi van Rooyen
1 Loose head prop Schalk Ferreira
2 Hooker Micheal Willemse
3 Tight head prop Luvuyo Pupuma
4 Left lock Stephan Greeff
5 Right lock Dries van Schalkwyk
6 Left flanker Khaya Majola
7 Right flanker Victor Sekekete
8 Number eight Andisa Ntsila
Substitutes
16 Hooker Stephan Coetzee
17 Loose Head Petrus Strauss
18 Tight Head Martin Dreyer
19 Lock Bobby de Wee
20 Flank Siyabulela Mdaka
21 Scrumhalf Godlen Masimla
22 Utility back Ntabeni Dukisa / Oliver Zono
23 Centre Jacques Nel


September 14, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Kings vs Connacht 9 sept 2017

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September 10, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Kings vs Leinster 16 Sept


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