The Southern Kings are a rugby union team based in Port Elizabeth , South Africa that compete in the annual 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 .For the 2013 season, the Kings' catchment area was made up of the Eastern Cape and parts of the Western Cape , drawing players from 3 provincial unions, namely the Rut Eastern Province Kings, based in Port Elizabeth (representing the southern half of the Eastern Cape), the Rut Border Bulldogs, based in East London (representing the northern half of the Eastern Cape) and the Rut SWD Eagles, based in George (representing the South Western Districts). However, after the South African Rugby Union took over the running of the franchise in November 2015, the franchise had no formal ties to any of the provincial unions.

History


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

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. 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 Rugby Union, 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 in April 2009.

First fixtures

The played their first ever match against the British and Irish Lions on 16 June 2009, losing 8-20 in a midweek match in Port Elizabeth. 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 nrut|Georgia, nrut|Romania and nrut|Portugal on their way to winning the competition.

Super Rugby : Inclusion

On 19 May 2009, Super Rugby governing body SANZAR announced that the existing Super 14 competition would be expanded to 15 teams from the 2011 season onwards. The expansion would participate in the Australian Conference, but was open to tenders from all territories, with teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa expressing an interest. This was eventually reduced to just two bidders, the Melbourne Rebels and the Southern Kings. On 11 November 2009, SANZAR arbitrators awarded the 15th licence to the Melbourne Rebels , with geographical location and commercial value swaying the decision in the Australian franchise's favour.The South African Rugby Union were undeterred in their effort to bring Super Rugby to the Eastern Cape and on 27 January 2012, they confirmed that the Kings would participate in the 2013 Super Rugby season . Despite no initial decision as to how they will be accommodated in the competition, it was confirmed on 16 August 2012 that the Kings would take part at the expense of the Rut Lions. They also announced that two-legged promotion/relegation play-off series would be played between the lowest-placed South African side in Super Rugby and the non-participating franchise every season.

2013 : Super Rugby

The Kings made their Super Rugby debut on 23 February 2013, when they played in a Round Two match against Australian side the Rut Force at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The Kings won the game 22-10, with Sergeal Petersen scoring two tries and Demetri Catrakilis contributing twelve points with the boot. They lost their next two home matches to the Sharks and the Rut Chiefs before embarking on their tour of Australasia. They lost both their matches in New Zealand - against the Rut Crusaders and Rut Hurricanes respectively - but picked up log points in Australia; a try from flanker Cornell du Preez three minutes into injury time and subsequent conversion from Catrakilis helped them secure a 28-all draw against eventual Australian Conference winners the Rut Brumbies in Canberra and they went one better the following week, beating the Rut Rebels 30-27, with a late Wimpie van der Walt try helping them to the win. Upon their return to South Africa, they suffered three consecutive defeat, with the Rut Bulls, Rut Cheetahs and Rut Waratahs all beating the Kings. The Kings beat the Rut Highlanders 34-27 in their next match to secure their first ever bonus point victory, but lost their last five matches of the season, losing to the Cheetahs, and the Rut Stormers before the international break, and to the Bulls, Stormers and Sharks when the season resumed.The Kings' top try scorer in the competition was Wimpie van der Walt, who got six tries and their top points scorer was Demetri Catrakilis, who scored 151 points. However, despite three victories and a draw, the Kings finished bottom of the South African Conference and had to play a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off series against the Rut Lions. The Lions beat the Kings 26-19 in Port Elizabeth in the first leg, but bounced back to emerge victorious in Johannesburg , with Scott van Breda scoring 18 points in a 23-18 victory. However, this was not enough to retain their Super Rugby status, as the Lions won 44-42 on aggregate to return them to Super Rugby in 2014 at the expense of the Kings.

2014-15 : Hiatus from Super Rugby

After the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season, the Kings lost several players to other teams. Director of Rugby Alan Solomons also left to join Edinburgh Rugby and head coach Matt Sexton later also announced that he was leaving the Kings to return to his home country New Zealand .On 4 September 2013, SANZAR boss Greg Peters confirmed that South Africa would get a sixth Super Rugby franchise from 2016, as the competition expanded once again. This was reiterated in 2014 when SANZAR confirmed that the competition would expand to 18 teams, with teams from Argentina and Japan joining the competition.Having lost the promotion/relegation play-off to the Rut 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 Rut Eastern Province Kings were guaranteed participation in the 2014 and 2015 Currie Cup competitions, intended to aid the team's preparation for a return to Super Rugby in 2016.Their return to Super Rugby was beset by financial problems, with players' salaries being paid late in four consecutive months between August and November 2015. In November 2015, the South African Rugby Union took control of the Southern Kings franchise and revealed an operational plan on 4 December 2015; the plan included the appointment of Rut SWD Eagles coach Deon Davids as the head coach for 2016, the identification of a fully transformed squad that they intended signing and a guarantee to pay the Southern Kings' staff and players.

2016: Return to Super Rugby

The Kings made their return to Super Rugby on 27 February 2016, when they hosted the Rut Sharks in Port Elizabeth. Despite a Chris Cloete try opening the scoring for the Kings, the visitors eventually won the match 43-8.

Current Standings


#PWDLGoalsPts
1Crusaders10802324:20237
2Chiefs10802342:23837
3Highlanders11803295:20537
4Hurricanes11704331:24036
5Stormers10613265:17531
6Waratahs10604256:18930
7Brumbies11704277:24729
8Bulls10613258:22128
9Lions9603268:23527
10Sharks10514206:17126
11Blues9513230:21825
12Melbourne Rebels10505235:25823
13Cheetahs11308296:29616
14Jaguares9207237:25412
15Reds11218198:30912
16Western Force10208183:32110
17Sunwolves10118219:3799
18Southern Kings10109190:4524

Recent Matches


Southern Kings Last 5 Results
DateHomeScoreAwayNotesDetails
30 Apr 2016Jaguares73 - 27Southern Kings   Details
27 May 2016Southern Kings29 - 22Jaguares   Details
27 Feb 2016Southern Kings8 - 43Sharks   Details
25 Mar 2016Hurricanes42 - 20Southern Kings   Details
23 Apr 2016Southern Kings10 - 45Lions   Details


Southern Kings Next 5 Matches
DateHomevsAwayNotesDetails
02 Jul 2016Southern KingsvsHighlanders   Details
08 Jul 2016LionsvsSouthern Kings   Details
16 Jul 2016StormersvsSouthern Kings   Details

Fixtures and results


Results per opposition

The Southern Kings full playing record against other teams is:
Super Rugby
Opposition Played Won Drawn Lost Pts For Pts Ag Pts Diff Tries For Tries Ag Log Pts
Rut Highlanders 1 1 0 0 34 27 +7 4 4 5
Rut Jaguares 2 1 0 1 56 95 -39 8 12 5
Rut Force 1 1 0 0 22 10 +12 2 2 4
Rut Sunwolves 1 1 0 0 33 28 +5 4 4 4
Rut Rebels 1 1 0 0 30 27 +3 3 3 4
Rut Brumbies 1 0 1 0 28 28 0 4 2 3
Rut Blues 1 0 0 1 18 34 -16 2 5 0
Rut Stormers 2 0 0 2 23 43 -20 1 3 0
Rut Lions 1 0 0 1 10 45 -35 2 7 0
Rut Hurricanes 2 0 0 2 50 88 -38 5 11 0
Rut Cheetahs 3 0 0 3 54 94 -40 3 11 0
Rut Chiefs 2 0 0 2 48 93 -45 4 11 0
Rut Waratahs 1 0 0 1 10 72 -62 1 11 0
Rut Crusaders 2 0 0 2 44 112 -68 5 15 0
Rut Bulls 3 0 0 3 24 120 -96 2 16 0
Rut Sharks 4 0 0 4 33 175 -142 3 24 0
Other First Class games
Opposition Played Won Drawn Lost Pts For Pts Ag Pts Diff Tries For Tries Ag Log Pts
nrutPortugal 1 1 0 0 39 12 +27 5 2 5
Rut Lions 2 1 0 1 42 44 -2 4 4 5
nrutGeorgia 1 1 0 0 31 17 +14 3 2 4
nrutRomania 1 1 0 0 27 23 +4 2 1 4
British and Irish Lions 1 0 0 1 8 20 -12 1 2 0

Results per competition

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
2016 12 2 0 10 219 527 -308 26 72 9 Ongoing
Other First Class games
Competition Played Won Drawn Lost Pts For Pts Ag Pts Diff Tries For Tries Ag Log Pts Result
2009 British and Irish Lions tour 1 0 0 1 8 20 -12 1 2 0 -
2011 IRB Nations Cup 3 3 0 0 97 52 +45 10 5 13 Champions
2013 Super Rugby relegation play-off 2 1 0 1 42 44 -2 4 4 5 Relegated

Players


Current squad

The Southern Kings squad for the 2016 Super Rugby season is:
Kings Super Rugby squad
Props
  • Justin Ackerman
  • Jacobie Adriaanse
  • Louis Albertse
  • Tom Botha
  • Schalk Ferreira
  • Liam Hendricks
  • Sti Sithole
  • Vukile Sofisa
  • Hookers
  • Martin Bezuidenhout
  • Martin Ferreira
  • Edgar Marutlulle
  • Locks
  • JC Astle
  • Philip du Preez
  • Tazz Fuzani
  • Cornell Hess
  • Schalk Oelofse
  • Tyler Paul
  • Steven Sykes (c)
  • Loose Forwards
  • Thembelani Bholi
  • Chris Cloete
  • Aidon Davis
  • Jacques Engelbrecht
  • JP Jonck
  • Junior Pokomela
  • CJ Velleman
  • Stefan Willemse
  • Scrum-Halves
  • Leighton Eksteen
  • James Hall
  • Ntando Kebe
  • Kevin Luiters
  • Fly-Halves
  • Louis Fouché
  • Dewald Human
  • Theuns Kotzé
  • Elgar Watts
  • Centres
  • Lukhanyo Am
  • JP du Plessis
  • Shane Gates
  • Stefan Watermeyer
  • Wingers
  • Siyanda Grey
  • Malcolm Jaer
  • Wandile Mjekevu
  • Charles Radebe
  • Luzuko Vulindlu
  • Fullbacks
  • Jurgen Visser
  • Jaco van Tonder
  • (c) Denotes team captain and Bold denotes internationally capped.

    Staff


    The following coaching team was announced by the South African Rugby Union for the 2016 Super Rugby season :
    Name Title
    Deon Davids Head Coach
    Mzwandile Stick Backs Coach
    Barend Pieterse Forwards Coach
    Nadus Nieuwoudt Strength and Conditioning Coach
    Zingi Hela Team Manager
    Dr Konrad von Hagen Team Doctor
    Kim Naidoo Physio
    In addition to the staff members listed above, the Kings would also be assisted by members of the South African Rugby Union's Mobi-Unit.

    Records


    Super Rugby records (updated 28 May 2016):
    Team Match Records
    Record Opposition Venue Season
    Biggest win: Rut Force Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2013 12
    Heaviest defeat: Rut Waratahs Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2013 62
    Highest score: Rut Highlanders Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2013 34
    Most points conceded: Rut Jaguares Rus José Amalfitani Stadium 2016 73
    Most tries: Rut Brumbies Rus Canberra Stadium 2013 4
    Rut Highlanders Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2013 4
    Rut Jaguares Rus José Amalfitani Stadium 2016 4
    Rut Jaguares Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2016 4
    Rut Sunwolves Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2016 4
    Most tries conceded: Rut Jaguares Rus José Amalfitani Stadium 2016 11
    Rut Waratahs Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2013 11
    Player Match Records
    Record Player Opposition Venue Season
    Most points by a player: Demetri Catrakilis Rut Rebels Rus AAMI Park 2013 15
    Demetri Catrakilis Rut Cheetahs Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2013 15
    Louis Fouché Rut Hurricanes Rus Westpac Stadium 2016 15
    Most tries by a player: Cornell du Preez Rut Brumbies Rus Canberra Stadium 2013 2
    Edgar Marutlulle Rut Chiefs Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2016 2
    Sergeal Petersen Rut Force Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2013 2
    Wimpie van der Walt Rut Bulls Rus Loftus Versfeld 2013 2
    Luke Watson Rut Highlanders Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2013 2
    Most conversions by a player: Demetri Catrakilis Rut Highlanders Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2013 4
    Most penalties by a player: Demetri Catrakilis Rut Cheetahs Rus Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 2013 5
    Most drop goals by a player: Demetri Catrakilis Rut Rebels Rus AAMI Park 2013 1
    Team Season Records
    Record Matches Season
    Most team points: in 16 matches 2013 298
    Most team tries: in 16 matches 2013 27
    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: Schalk Ferreira 2013- 24
    Steven Sykes 2013- 24
    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 exclude the promotion/relegation matches played at the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season .