Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Its a busy period as we lead up to the Six Nations and Super Rugby tournament, so please bear with us as when updates are a little slower than what youre used to, theres a reason for it. For now, heres highlights from an upset on the weekend.
The Southern Kings, who some of you may remember from the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2009, are an ambitious young side who now, under coach Alan Solomons, are growing in strength and have real Super Rugby ambitions for the future.
The region has a rich history with rugby amongst the locals and the aim is to tap into that eventually, but for now build up a competitive team that will become a force to be reckoned with. Theyve now got a powerful forward back, and some talented speedsters in the backs. This was evident as they beat the Bulls 23-7 on the weekend.
It was a second string Bulls side but it was still quite an upset as the Kings beat the Super Rugby champions in an impressive display at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Siyanda Grey and Matthew Tayler-Smith showed maturity and serious gas, with Grey in particular finishing off a brilliant breakaway try that featured flyer Norman Nelson. Pierre Maraais, a sub, was also involved in everything, showing that this side has plenty of potential as they build towards their 2013 entry into the Super Rugby tournament.
"We showed we belonged here," Solomons said.
An enjoyable game with some nice play, particularly for the Grey try, heres some quick highlights for those of you who might have missed it. Remember that if there was anything that took place on the weekend that you think should be featured, please get in touch.
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