The Kings will depart on the big adventure of their first Super Rugby overseas tour without their appointed captain Luke Watson.
The Kings will face the Crusaders in Christchurch on 23 March before facing the Hurricanes and the Brumbies on their tour.
“There are a few bumps and bruises that need assessment and we will look at those before finalising our tour squad,” said Alan Solomons, director.
“We have 35 players in the group that are on standby to tour and we will whittle it down according to who is fit. What I can tell you is that Luke Watson won’t be touring. He has visited a specialist and we won’t be risking him as he is not 100 percent fit.”
Asked if Watson, who received a blow to the neck against the Force and has been in discomfort ever since, would require surgery, Solomons said he didn’t think so.
“Surgery is something you always try to avoid if at all possible,” he said.
There were other injuries during the game, including fullback SP Marais, and Solomons said he was pleased with the way the replacements had come on and shown they could play Super Rugby, thus sending out a message about the depth available.
The Chiefs took five points from the game as they won and scored four tries, but their coach Dave Rennie acknowledged that his men were in a match afterwards.
“We should have put them away in the first half but they kept coming back at us and refused to lie down, so while we weren’t completely happy with our accuracy, you have to give the Kings credit,” said Rennie.
“They clearly play for themselves and are a well-knit unit and I can see them bowling over another team or two during the course of the competition.”