Southern Kings

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Southern Kings
SouthernKingsLogo.jpg
Full name Southern Kings
Union South African Rugby Union
Founded 2009
Location Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Region Eastern Cape Province
Ground(s) Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Capacity: 48,459)
President Cheeky Watson
Director of Rugby Vacant
Coach(es) Robbi Kempson (caretaker)
Captain(s) Luke Watson
Most caps Jacques Engelbrecht (19)
Top scorer Demetri Catrakilis (151)
Most tries Siyanda Grey /
Wimpie van der Walt (6)
League(s) Super Rugby
2013 15th
(Relegated)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.skings.co.za

The Southern Kings are a rugby union team based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa who competed in the 2013 Super Rugby competition. The creation of the team was formally announced at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 16 June 2009, in time to coincide with the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.

The Kings' catchment area is made up of the Eastern Cape and parts of the Western Cape. They draw players from 3 provincial unions, namely the Eastern Province Kings, based in Port Elizabeth (representing the southern half of the Eastern Cape), the Border Bulldogs, based in East London (representing the northern half of the Eastern Cape) and the SWD Eagles, based in George (representing the South Western Districts).

History[edit]

Southern Spears[edit]

Main article: Southern Spears

In 2005, there was an attempt to bring a Super Rugby side to the Eastern Cape Province in the form of the Southern Spears, who were intended to participate in the Super 14 from 2007 onwards; however, their proposed entry into the competition led to considerable controversy within the country's rugby establishment. In April 2006, after concerns over the team's financial stability and sporting competitiveness, the Spears were denied entry into the Super 14. Following this, the Southern Spears ceased to exist.

Formation[edit]

In January 2009, SARU announced that a new franchise in the Eastern Cape Province would be launched in June of that year to coincide with the arrival of the British and Irish Lions in Port Elizabeth for one of their midweek tour matches.[1] The franchise was launched with the goal of a future place in Super Rugby, but no timetable was initially set. The President of the Eastern Province, Cheeky Watson, said "There is a desperate hunger for top-flight rugby in the South Eastern Cape and this is the first step to satisfying it." The franchise was officially announced on the SARU website in April 2009.[2]

First fixtures[edit]

The played their first ever match against the British and Irish Lions on 16 June 2009, losing 8–20 to the Lions.[3] The team's first points were scored by Jaco van der Westhuyzen and their first try was scored by Mpho Mbiyozo.

They also played in the 2011 IRB Nations Cup, where they participated as the South African Kings. They won all three their games, beating Georgia, Romania and Portugal on their way to winning the competition.[4]

2013 Super Rugby season[edit]

They applied to gain a place in Super Rugby from 2011 in the Australian conference. However, on 12 November 2009, SANZAR arbitrators rejected their bid to join Super Rugby, awarding the 15th licence to the Melbourne Rebels.

On 27 January 2012, SARU confirmed that they would participate in the 2013 Super Rugby season.[5] Initially, no decision was made as to how they will be accommodated, but on 16 August 2012, it was confirmed that they would take part at the expense of the Lions.[6]

They made their Super Rugby on 23 February 2013 season, when they played in a second round match against Australian side the Force at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.[7] The Kings won the game 22–10, with Sergeal Petersen scoring two tries and Demetri Catrakilis contributing twelve points with the boot. They also held eventual Australian Conference winners the Brumbies to a 28–all draw in Canberra, beat the Rebels in Melbourne and the Highlanders in Port Elizabeth, but finished bottom of the South African Conference and had to play promotion/relegation play-off matches against the Lions.

The Lions beat the Kings 26–19 in Port Elizabeth[8] and the Kings emerged victorious in Johannesburg, winning 23–18.[9] With the teams being level on log points, the Lions' overall 44–42 points difference saw the Lions return to Super Rugby in 2014 at the expense of the Kings.[10]

Following the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season, on 30 July, it was announced that Director of Rugby Alan Solomons was leaving the Kings to take up the role of Head Coach of Edinburgh Rugby.[11] Then on 15 December, Head Coach Matt Sexton also announced that he was leaving the Kings so that he could return to his home country New Zealand.[12]

Return to Super Rugby[edit]

On 4 September 2013, SANZAR boss Greg Peters confirmed that South Africa will get a sixth Super Rugby franchise from 2016, opening the door for the Kings to participate in the competition on a permanent basis.[13] This was reiterated on 20 February 2014 when SANZAR also confirmed that Argentina would be guaranteed a place in a competition consisting of a minimum of 17 teams.[14]

Having lost the promotion/relegation play-off to the Lions, the Kings missed out on Super Rugby in 2014. They also agreed to sit out the 2015 season by withdrawing from the proposed promotion/relegation match at the end of 2014. In exchange, the Eastern Province Kings were guaranteed participation in the 2014 and 2015 Currie Cup competitions,[15] intended to aid the team's preparation for a return to Super Rugby in 2016.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Results per opposition[edit]

The Southern Kings full playing record against other teams are:

Super Rugby
Opposition Played Won Drawn Lost Pts For Pts Ag Pts Diff Tries For Tries Ag Log Pts
Highlanders 1 1 0 0 34 27 +7 4 4 5
Force 1 1 0 0 22 10 +12 2 2 4
Rebels 1 1 0 0 30 27 +3 3 3 4
Brumbies 1 0 1 0 28 28 0 4 2 3
Chiefs 1 0 0 1 24 35 –11 2 4 0
Hurricanes 1 0 0 1 30 46 –16 3 6 0
Stormers 2 0 0 2 23 43 –20 1 3 0
Cheetahs 2 0 0 2 34 60 –26 1 7 0
Crusaders 1 0 0 1 20 55 –35 2 7 0
Sharks 2 0 0 2 25 79 –54 2 10 0
Bulls 2 0 0 2 18 82 –64 2 10 0
Waratahs 1 0 0 1 10 72 –62 1 11 0

Results per competition[edit]

The Southern Kings full playing record in all competitions are:

Super Rugby
Season Played Won Drawn Lost Pts For Pts Ag Pts Diff Tries For Tries Ag Log Pts Result
2013 16 3 1 12 298 564 –266 27 69 24 15th

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

For player movements before the 2013 season, see List of 2012–13 Super Rugby transfers#Kings.
For player movements after the 2013 season and the provisional team for the 2014 season, see List of 2013–14 Super Rugby transfers#Kings.

The Kings squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season:[16]

Props

Hookers

Locks

 

Loose Forwards

Scrum-Halves

Fly-Halves

 

Centres

Wingers

Fullbacks

Captain Denotes team captain, Injury icon 2.svg Denotes that a player is unavailable due to injury, Bold denotes player is internationally capped.

Player Statistics[edit]

The Southern Kings player statistics are:

Internationally Capped Players[edit]

Player Rugby Union Cap No Tests Points Other Matches Years Active
Jaco Engels  Namibia 0 (0) 2013–
Tomás Leonardi  Argentina 673 18 (20) 2008–
Bandise Maku  South Africa 811 1 (0) 3 2010
Waylon Murray  South Africa 785 3 (0) 1 2007
Andries Strauss  South Africa 827 0 (0) 1
Nicolás Vergallo  Argentina 654 33 (0) 2005–
Luke Watson  South Africa 786 10 (0) 0 2007–08

Staff[edit]

Name Title
Cheeky Watson President
Charl Crous Interim Chief Executive Officer
Vacant Director of Rugby
Vacant Head Coach
Philippe Doussy Kicking Coach
Omar Mouneimne Defense and Breakdown Coach
Johannes Pretorius Strength and Conditioning Coach
Dr Konrad von Hagen Team Doctor
James Fleming Physio
Willem Oliphant Team Manager
Sydney Goba Logistics Manager
Theunis Steenkamp Performance Analyst

Records[edit]

Super Rugby records (updated 3 August 2013):

Team Match Records
Record Opposition Venue Season
Biggest win: Force Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 2013 12
Heaviest defeat: Waratahs Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 2013 62
Highest score: Highlanders Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 2013 34
Most points conceded: Waratahs Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 2013 72
Most tries: Brumbies Canberra Stadium, Canberra 2013 4
Highlanders Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 2013 4
Most tries conceded: Waratahs Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 2013 11
Player Match Records
Record Player Opposition Venue Season
Most points by a player: Scott van Breda Lions Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg 2013 18
Most tries by a player: Cornell du Preez Brumbies Canberra Stadium, Canberra 2013 2
Sergeal Petersen Force Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 2013 2
Wimpie van der Walt Bulls Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 2013 2
Luke Watson Highlanders Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 2013 2
Most conversions by a player: Demetri Catrakilis Highlanders Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 2013 4
Most penalties by a player: Demetri Catrakilis Cheetahs Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 2013 5
Most drop goals by a player: Demetri Catrakilis Rebels AAMI Park, Melbourne 2013 1
Team Season Records
Record Matches Season
Most team points: in 18 matches 2013 340
Most team tries: in 18 matches 2013 31
Player Season Records
Record Player Season
Most points by a player: Demetri Catrakilis 2013 151
Most tries by a player: Wimpie van der Walt 2013 6
Most conversions by a player: Demetri Catrakilis 2013 14
Most penalties by a player: Demetri Catrakilis 2013 40
Most drop goals by a player: Demetri Catrakilis 2013 1
Player Career Records
Record Player Seasons
Most appearances: David Bulbring 2013 18
Bandise Maku 2013 18
Shaun Venter 2013 18
Most points: Demetri Catrakilis 2013 151
Most tries: Wimpie van der Walt 2013 6
Most conversions: Demetri Catrakilis 2013 14
Most penalties: Demetri Catrakilis 2013 40
Most drop goals: Demetri Catrakilis 2013 1

Note: The above records include the promotion/relegation matches played at the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Eastern Cape franchise for Super rugby". SA Rugby Blog. 14 January 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Welcome the Southern Kings". SA Rugby Blog. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Southern Kings 8-20 Lions". BBC. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "2011: SA Kings claim title". IRB. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Southern Kings confirmed in Vodacom Super Rugby". South African Rugby Union. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kings to play Super Rugby". Sport24. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Southern Kings vs Force". South African Rugby Union. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Southern Kings vs MTN Lions". South African Rugby Union. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "MTN Lions vs Southern Kings". South African Rugby Union. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lions in, Kings out of 2014 Super Rugby". SANZAR News Service. SANZAR. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Solomons appointed head coach" (Press release). Edinburgh Rugby. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sexton quits as Southern Kings coach" (Press release). ESPn Scrum. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Adno, Carly (4 September 2013). "SANZAR boss Greg Peters confirms South Africa will get a sixth Super Rugby franchise from 2016". Herald Sun. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Argentina handed Super Rugby boost". ESPN Scrum. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Currie Cup format expanded". Sport24. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Southern Kings name reduced 35 man Super Rugby squad". Rugby15. Rugby15. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 

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