By way of explanation, three of our domestic rivals are the Natal Sharks, Free State Cheetahs and Northern Transvaal Bulls 🙂
My Southern Kings played their final 2013 super rugby match yesterday and yes, you’ve guessed it, lost. But winning was not the purpose of our foray into super rugby this year.
In fact our 3 wins and 1 draw (in 16 matches) was perhaps a better season’s performance then most had anticipated, although I did state on these pages (somewhere) that I would be reasonably happy with a point total of 25, we ended up with 24!
More importantly it galvanised, in the most part, local rugby supporters behind one team, a local team, OUR team.
Let me quote Cheeky Watson (the president of Kings rugby) in his programme notes..
… today is a day for all people of this glorious region to once again unite in spirit behind the team. No longer do they have to wear the colours of other provinces; no longer do they have to shout for Stormers, Sharks, Bulls or Cheetahs.
Today let us shout for the Southern Kings.
and a quote from me during yesterday’s game…
It’s so lekker (nice) to sit in a pub where every Kings move / pass / point is cheered and the opponents successes greeted with a stoney silence 🙂
My Kings now go into a dreaded home and away relegation / promotion match against the (once?) powerful Transvaal Lions, 1st game next Friday 26th July, we’ve tickets for that, I’ll keep you posted 😉