Kings to embarrass Sa Rugby?
October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized
How the Kings will fare in next year Super Rugby really intrigue me.
When the Kings got their SR spot most of the Kings supporters and their president Mr Watson all said the same thing: The Kings of the 1st div will be a vastly different team from the one to eventually take part in the S15.
With the end of the season nearing and most players already signing new contracts time is surely running out for the Kings.
They tried to expand their allowed 2 foreign players to 6 but SARU immediately stopped that idea. And if memory serves me correct the Kings already have 2 foreign players signed who was playing for them in the 1st div. So there is no room for expansion.
They have made 3 new signings:
Steven Sykes: A good player and solid lock. Have been injured a lot recently but still a good signing.
Andries Strauss: Bit of a journeyman but also a good solid player but nothing overly special.
Demetri Catrakillis: A youngster with a very good boot. Still lacks a bit of attacking ability but is still young.
The problem is if any if these three moved to one of the other unions you would probably say they will be very good back-up but not necessarily 1st choice players.
Thing is there has been no other “big name” signing to date. And with time running out one wonders how many signings the Kings can achieve before next season.
One thing is for sure if the Kings try to play Super Rugby with their current squad they will deff be an embarrassment to Sa Rugby. The Cheetahs smashed them in Bloem and this was by no means a full strength Cheetahs team. (who got smashed by WP the previous week).
I know the Kings were also not without injury and most notably their 3 million rand man was not there. But as I said neither was the Cheetahs and with the long nature of the S15 there will be a lot of injuries next season as well. Deff more than they had in 1st div rugby this season.
By no means I am trying to diss the Kings or blame them for the situation. As previously discussed SARU really messed up with this one.
But still one do not want to see them playing some Nz side in Nz and get thrashed by +100 points that will not be good for SA rugby or the Kings.
I really do hope they somehow get another 10-15 above average players signed before next season.