Kings v Stormers

My programme

Ja well, that’s our last home game done and dusted 😦

Our visitors The Stormers, that’s the classy Springbok filled outfit from Cape Town, hugely experienced and although perhaps playing slightly under par this season still tough opposition. The Stormers finished top of last years Super rugby log!

We were offered tickets for the Royalty Lounge at R150.00 each, (£10.00) that’s the most I’ve ever spent on a ticket to watch local rugby but, hey, it’s great there, right on the half way line, I like it and it was the final home game of our Super rugby season, so we splashed out!

We met at a local coffee shop at 11.30 for brunch and the Lions / Aussie match, what an entertaining couple of hours that turned out to be, then off to the stadium for our game (kick off 5pm)

We had high hopes of a result today, none of our 3 wins this season have been against an S.A. franchise and having only lost to the Stormers down in Cape town by 8 points our hopes were high.

We started well, 6 – 0 up after 15 minutes or so which quickly due to (more) ill discipline by my Kings quickly became 6- 6 all, we had a player sin-binned but were holding on. And then the dreaded score 2 minutes before half time, not for us, for them. The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, we got a couple of penalties, so did they and then a late try.

Our hopes were dashed, we lost (again) 12 – 24

My ticket and wristband

Once again our stadium looked magnificent under lights.

My seat

A good crowd, there were apparently 44,097 of us there on Saturday.

Have you ever wondered how the TV producers get that shot from behind the kicker and then follow the ball through the posts? Wonder no more.

doing whatever it takes

Have I mentioned that the Royalty package includes a bar, restaurant, 6 x 40 inch flat screen TVs, a BIG screen and more importantly private toilets (no queuing :)) I snapped a pic to give you all a better idea.

The Royalty Lounge

5 thoughts on “Kings v Stormers”

  1. Good evening, Soutie.

    So, it’s a bottom of the Saffa conference table clash in Durban this Saturday then? I’ll make sure to watch it.

    Any truth in the suggestion that the Kings and the Lions will amalgamate after the play-offs for the fifth spot? Does it make you?

    Whatever is coming, all credit to the Kings and their fans for this season. Second-best supported Super Rugby team at home in their debut season!

    The rumour here is that Embra are after Solomons for their next coach. Is he any good?

  2. Môre Janus, we’ve got loads of them. Only yesterday the front page of my daily read had it’s front page dedicated to the decision of “Aba Thembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo” stepping in to the Mandela family feud re the funeral and burial arrangements.

  3. Howzit JM

    The merger idea has been laughed at and discounted by both sides, it would be wouldn’t it? What with 2 of the biggest games of the season coming up (Kings / Lions, promotion relegation) they don’t want empty stadia and no tv / sponsor interest.

    We’ve already secured royal lounge package tickets for the 1st playoff (here) next Fri (26/7)

    Solomons has a wonderful record, 1st with Western Province and then Boks (assistant) and Ulster and Northampton (amongst others.) We considered ourselves lucky to get him (he was of course born and schooled here in P.E.) and I’d be disappointed if he left.

  4. … and

    I’ve just heard that the Kings have made 11 changes for the Sharks game!

    Saving the A team for the playoffs, I’ll be backing the reserves and pray that they do well, we’ll see.

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