Kings 22, Force 10


It is a funny thing to think that a teams first game could define their whole campaign, but this is more or less what the Kings face when they host the Force.


Southern Kings: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 Steven Sykes, 4 David Bulbring, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jaco Engels, 18 Daniel Adongo, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Johan Herbst, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Hadleigh Parkes.

Western Force: 15 Will Tupou, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Alfie Mafi, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Hugh McMeniman, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Toby Lynn, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Chris Alcock, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Junior Rasolea.

Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO: Johann Meuwessen (South Africa)

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  1. Schalk Feireira has been brutal in defence and solid in the scrums. Pleased for him to be playing top rugby again after that serious neck injury.

    And the ork hands of and scores!

  2. The passionate PE crowd carried the Kings tonight. Pleased for them more than anything else. How many years has it been since the old EP played in proper competitions.
    32 000 fans turning up hungry for supperrugby proves that there is something in this Kings concept even if the implementation was done poorly.

    This is only one win and it will be a very tough season for the Kings no doubt, but tonight the Kings and their passionate supporters won over a lot of friends.

  3. Lovely stuff by the Kings.

    Well I wonder if some are enjoying their humble pie with a good dollop of STFU sauce on top.?
    :wave: :respek:

    Loving it

  4. Wel slaan my met n’ nat vis.

    Ek het voor die game gese dit is die Kings se beste kans vir n’ wen en na halftyd gedink die Force het te veel in die tenk, maar kudos vir Puke en sy manne, moet nog leer om as n’ span te speel maar die Force moet darem baie poef voel om teen die rookies te verloor het.


  5. As Naas said afterwards:
    The OZmob just don’t have enough
    players for 5 franchises.

    To that I will add: Neither have
    we, and unlike OZ it has nothing
    to do with numbers.

    Anyway, Pukes must enjoy their victory –
    they may never again have that feeling.

  6. Om te dink die arme lions kon in 5 jaar nie een keer die Force wen nie, en die Queens doen dit sommer met hulle eerste probeer slag! :pot:

  7. Congrats to the Kings. You won a game.

    Honestly I did not expect you to win a game. It does NOT change the way I feel about the Kings. It does not make me believe you deserve a S15 spot. One swallow does not make a summer. Enjoy the win.

    Now seriously to those Kings fans, dont get carried away. I read in the comments that this was the best performance of any Saffa team this weekend. All Im gonna do is laugh, cos that is a puke worthy comment. I will still be supporting whoever plays against the Kings, no matter how many times they win, it does not change how they got their spot. Might be narrow minded of me, and that is ok, in this instance I am not going to be open minded.

  8. Aldo – getting carried away is more than half of the fun. I encourage Kings fans to let it rip, even dance a jig.
    I’ve gotten away from the more fanciful hopes of some of the sports teams I watch – and I’m lesser for it.
    Hopefully I’ll break out of the funk soon.

    Till then its back to my reality-based observations regarding Messerschmitt-Willie LeRoux & his Cheetah team.

  9. Reply to Aldo @ 5:45 am:

    My opinion: we have gone through this multiple times and I doubt that there is anyone who thinks the way the Kings got into S15 rugby was the correct way -however that has nothing to do with the players busting a gut out there last night. I am so happy for them because they did not deserve the shit they get.
    The Lions also did not make a proper claim to deserve their S15 spot over the last few years either, they have been an embarrisment to SA rugby for too long to be ignored. Maybe this will give the Lions a kick up the butt to come back at Super rugby level with a bang and in the meantime the Kings will get a taste of Superrugby and will want more… Competition will strengthen both regions and that is good for sa rugby.
    :respek: to the players, even if that was your one win for the season!

  10. Reply to Aldo @ 5:45 am:

    FFS ou suurgat, with a granite block on you shoulder!

    Have you read one comment on RW from a Kings supporter who is happy about the way they got into the S15, or is happy that it was at the expense of the Lions?

    For me it is simple, 2 S15 franchises within 60km of each other when there is a region full of rugby players that doesn’t have a franchise within 600km is stupid.

    Grow up and take the blinkers off mate, a lot has changed in the last 20 years.

    In the meantime I encourage the Kings supporters to revel in little bit of sunshine, with all the shit and vitriol we have had to listen from the anti brigade they need it. It probably won’t last for long, so make hay while the sun shines.

    & :Ollie: boys

  11. And how great was it to see a decent crowd enjoying a win (compared to the handfull of fans every Saturday at Ellispark, dreaming up excuses for yet another loss)?

  12. Great game Kings.

    When last did we see a 8th man like that Engelbrecht. Damnit his contribution alone was worth watching.

    I think th eForce under estimated the Kings. The rest of the Aus teams will not do this from now on. I read an article on the Reds season preview and they were very upset that they wont get the easy points against the Kings as they are not playing them.

    Well done guys. You are busting yourselves on the field nevermind the politics off the field.

    Great try by Peterson. Step, power, ooooooooooooover!!!

    :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

  13. Die Lions het ook met hulle eerste probeerslag die Force gewen Koning Pielietjie… wonder wie noem hulleself Koning… iemand met TEKORTkominge? Gesien aan jou Twitter rekening avi duidelik nie aan aptyt nie… moet iets anders wees…

    O en dit was in Perth nogal.

    Die Lions het laas jaar ook die finaliste Sharks gewen… so eintlik moes hu8lle teen die Chiefs gespeel het in die finaal… ek bedoel ons kyk mos een game reg?

    Dis natuurlik die “usual gang of idiots” met groot bekke…


    Natuurlik weens julle spannetjie op Loftus verkrag is… soos gewoonlik…

    Ek aanvaar julle het ook Cheetahs geskree gister…

    Maar nou ja… as een swaeltjie ‘n somer maak… goed vir julle.

    Ek sal maar Ollie se ou triekie op julle doen


  14. Reply to DavidS @ 10:04 am:


    Typical, not reading what we said again. Summer and swallow. Bwahahaha. What a lame come back considering the Kings supporters are the first to say something similar.

    And then followed up with the usual wait until we see you behind the bicycle shed, errrrr, I mean Loftus. The usual bully tactic. :dead horse:

    Btw, you forgot the part of the & :Ollie:
    Just saying…

  15. Reply to DavidS @ 10:04 am:

    ‘Natuurlik weens julle spannetjie op Loftus verkrag is… soos gewoonlik…’

    Het jy nie die afgelope paar maande enige iets hier gelees nie? Dieselfde mense wat die Kings nou ondersteun en verdedig doen dit al vir maande. Net soos baie van ons die Lions deur hulle maer jare ondersteun het en saam met julle bly was met die 2O12 Curriebeker trofee. ‘n Powere poging selfs volgens die standaarde wat jy die afgelope paar maande hier gestel het.

    ‘wonder wie noem hulleself Koning… iemand met TEKORTkominge? Gesien aan jou Twitter rekening avi duidelik nie aan aptyt nie… moet iets anders wees…’

    Kyk, as ek die Weighless voorbladnooi was sou ek liewers stilgebly het oor ander se gewig.

  16. Reply to Morné @ 12:09 pm:

    I’m enjoying taking part. I know the granite block boys will be throwing all they have at us from the first loss of the Kings, so l’ll enjoy this while I can.

    Weighless comment is priceless

  17. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 1:10 pm:

    I read yesterday JC Janse van Rensburg is on his way to France – things are going to be tough for the Lions.

    Reply to Ollie @ 12:50 pm:

    Good on you (and all sober minded folks) – I am just really proud of the Kings players. Every team, even the Force, looked at them as a gift 5-pointer team – they showed true South African guts and resolve.

    They did not play the best rugby by any means, but they believed in themselves and each other which is something you can always judge a team on given how they defend.

    This campaign is going to be very tough for them, this for me was their best chance of a win and I am glad they got at least this one.

    They might upset one or two more teams like the Rebels and Forced showed in the past when they just started – 3 wins in their first season will be close to a miracle for them, they now got one.

  18. Having 2 S15 Franschises within 60km’s is so unfair, having so many olatinum mines in Rustenburg and the North West is just rediculous, think we should get government to move some of the platinum to the Eastern Cape. What is even worse is all the Gold in JHB. That is just ridiculous, cant we move some of it to Cape Town?

    Saying that we support the players because they are just the players, is just plain stupid. It is the same as saying, hell that guy stole because of the fact that he has no education, so let’s not send him to jail. Let him go on. If we want SARU to start taking responsibility for their actions, it is time we start holding them responsible. By supporting the team they forced down on us, we are saying it is okay for them to rape us the way they are.

    No way boet, I cannot care less about the players, they are victims of SARU’S inabilities to think before making promises. Good Luck to them, but do not expect me to cheer at a win, or cry at a loss.

  19. Reply to Ollie @ 2:13 pm:

    Yup, no doubt. And given some of the comments many made in the past it is in some way enjoyable reading some of the above – they deserve what is now coming to them.

    But, as far as I am concerned, only rugby arguments for or against the Kings is whatever counted. The Kings answered their critics where they should – through rugby, and between the 4 lines. That for me far exceeds anything else.

  20. Reply to Morné @ 2:17 pm: I agree, the Kings didn’t answered their critics with the way they played and the guts they showed. They are not a bunch of ‘huursoldate’ looking for an easy paycheck.

    They will probably loose 90 of their games this year, but that is to expected from a team that started from scratch 5 months ago. The Force and the Rebels went through the same thing.

    I think a lot of people try and turn it into a Lions vs Kings argument. You have to choose one or the other and try and discredit. the other one. I doesn’t have to and shouldn’t be that way.

    The Lions and the Kings both deserve the support of the SA rugby public.

  21. Reply to Vetgesmeerde Blits @ 2:46 pm:

    As someone told me, the Kings inclusion was/is shameful.

    My response – the only shameful thing is how SA fans treat their own.

    You might have heard me say this before, because I say it quite often – SA fans deserve what they are getting (and this is with reference to mainly our circus administration).

  22. Reply to Aldo @ 2:13 pm:

    Eish, your analogy is just so misplaced and not realistic it doesn’t really warrant an answer but I’ll amuse myself regardless.

    Question 1 Aldo: how much platinum and gold is there in the EC?
    Question 2 Aldo: if there was any in the EC you think there wouldn’t be a mine already?
    Question 3 Aldo: How many rugby players are there in the EC?

    The Kings ARE the Jhb gold mine of your analogy, old chap. Freshly discovered a couple of years ago.

    I really expected better input from you than that.

  23. What year was it when the Bulls lost ALL
    their games in the SS?

    However, history will still show that
    SARU has thrown the Pukes into a lions
    Gonna be a v-e-e-e-r-y long season for them.

  24. Lol wait let me come clean, i’ve been laughing myself to death for the last couple of hours. I have no real hatred towards the Kings. Lol I feel anout them the same way I feel about any other saffa team than the Bulls.

    Sorry I just saw a golden oppertunity to piss people off and took it. Shees thought you guys know me better by now, must be cos I dont post her as much the last few years. I can remember after about 5 months of not posting a lot anymore, I was still second after rasputin with most comments. Hehe, promise I’ll behave in future.

  25. HELLLOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    I am happy with the way the Kings were promoted into SupeRugby. I’ve been saying so since February last year.

    Congrat’s to SARU.
    It was the right thing to do and it was the only way to do it.


    It safe-guards the Bulls from having to merge with the Jo’burg clowns. :mrgreen:

    To Mr Solomons, Watson et al: You’ve got your win gentlemen, now save your energies for that all important P/R game in July. :applause:

  26. Reply to Boertjie @ 5:16 pm:

    2002 bulls played 11 lost 11
    1999 bulls played 11 lost 10
    2000 bulls played 11 lost 10
    2002 sharkishits played 11 lost 10
    2005 sharkishits played 11 lost 10
    2002 lions played 11 lost 10
    2004 lions played 11 lost 10
    2006 lions played 11 lost 10
    2010 lions played 13 lost 13

  27. Reply to Ollie @ 7:32 pm:

    It’s just the strain that the EU is going through at the moment, the anti-EU brigade are pushing quite hard at the moment (Cameron and the gang). Then there is some majot cost cutting on the go internally, so the focus is mostly internal at the moment.

    Nothing to really worry about in the long run for now.

  28. Reply to Vetgesmeerde Blits @ 10:47 am: Ek het darem Weighless gedoen… en deesdae lyk ek effe maerder so mja ek mag maar praat VETgesmeer…

    Reply to KingPaul @ 3:19 pm:

    As ek jy is sal ek maar eerder my bek hou… laas jaar het jy maar ewe lekker te kere gegaan…

    And Ollie

    I’ll have to gloat when the reality comes and your socio political experiment in transformation hits its reality check…

  29. Reply to DavidS @ 6:59 pm:

    Oh, I am and will. Never fear.

    I just know the vitriol that will come spilling forth at the first loss of the Kings, so I aim on reminding you of every single success they have in the meantime.

    Don’t think of it as gloating, but more a case of getting my good news pendulum as high as possible before the GBB start throwing around their crap

  30. Reply to DavidS @ 6:58 pm:

    BTW, some reality for you 43 -07

    Only difference between my reality and yours is that I didn’t want an opposition team to lose and I don’t feel any particular happiness that the Lions did.

    But on the bright side, think of the muscles you’ll have from carry those granite blocks around on your shoulders.

  31. Reply to DavidS @ 6:58 pm: Ai ou David, jy is nes al my ander Leeu vriende! Moerse fyngevoelig. En julle almal het geval vir die selfde ou joke.
    Ek voel ‘n f@k vir die Kings, en sal jou kis bier wed hulle gaan nie een game verder wen die jaar nie.
    Nes die Lions ook nie een S15 game gaan wen die jaar nie…