A region that has been without quality rugby for years now finally had a team they can call their own, a team that had been knocking on SARUs and Super Rugby’s door for quite some time.
Then after months of debate a decision was finally made, the Southern Kings would officially be a part of Super Rugby 2013 replacing last years bottom placed SA side the Lions. The Kings however were only guaranteed one year in the competition, that as well as SARUs decision coming so late made the Kings task of finding a sponsor and building a Super Rugby ready team in time almost impossible.
So as the competition drew closer, no-one so much as gave the Kings a chance to even put up a fight in any of their matches, but despite all the negativity, despite all the setbacks, the Southern Kings proved to everyone that they deserved their spot in Super Rugby by having the most successful debut season ever in the history of the competition, winning 3 games (Force, Rebels, and Highlanders) and drawing against the Aussie conference winning Brumbies.
Not winning a single SA derby was a disappointment, but the Kings can be more than proud of what they achieved in their debut season.
They now find their Super rugby status under threat, as they square off against the Lions in two promotion/relegation matches to determine which side plays Super Rugby next year. The Kings will have a slight advantage having played quality opposition the whole year, and come match day the Kings will be more battle ready than the Lions. Nonetheless it will be a heated affair where the players will leave everything they have out on the field to earn the right to play Super Rugby next year.
Right now all we can do is wait to see what unfolds, but one thing is for sure, now that the Kings have experienced just what Super Rugby is about, they won’t be letting it go very easily.
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