Super Rugby 2013 Team Preview – KingsAuthor: Shaun | Filed under: Team Previews
Are we really going to do a preview for the Kings?! The debate around that question took about 8.7 seconds which is precisely as long as it’s going to take the EP franchise to concede their first try. Jokes aside, in the spirit of all that is Fantasy Rugby Scout we have tried our best to put aside most of the existing bias against the Kings to bring you an almost objective article. Anything less would just be unethical, almost like trying to field 5 foreign players in a Super Rugby side when the rules clearly state that 2 is the maximum allowed – really now, who does that?!
It’s quite difficult to be serious about a team that has no existing Super Rugby credentials and then to add to that, doesn’t even have noticeable Currie Cup credentials in the modern era. The EP Kings have been wallowing in the Currie Cup 1st division since 2006 and will have to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes if they hope to make an impression on the Super Rugby community. The side will be captained by Luke Watson who is their best player and if you don’t believe us, just ask him. Head coach is Kiwi Matt Sexton but it’s unlikely he’ll be calling the shots…
Head politician, Cheeky Watson, seems to be quite optimistic about his teams’ chances, so much so that he has already asked SARU for the Kings to be guaranteed a 2nd successive season in Super Rugby (irrespective of performance). Then, to develop local rugby talent, Watson has been trying to sneak in as much international talent as he possibly can. A lot of trash-talk has been dished out about the Kings and very little of it has been about rugby, and we’re no different. They might complain that isn’t fair but if they think we’re being harsh just wait till Super Rugby starts.
None – it’s quite difficult to make changes to a team that’s never played Super Rugby before.
Players to Watch
It’s highly unlikely that you’ll have any Kings players in your Fantasy league squad (unless your name is Cheeky Watson) but here are pretty much the core players of the Southern Kings:
Demetri Catrakilis (10m) One of the standout fly-halves in the 2012 Currie Cup (and yet another one to have escaped from Newlands) and the most expensive player in the Kings squad at 10m – Catrakilis is going to have his work cut out for him trying to spark a fairly no-name brand backline. That’s even if his forwards can get him the ball to begin with…
Michael Killian (7.5m) Killian has the potential to make light work of any defensive structure thrown his way but we have a feeling that this season he’ll actually spend far more time as a part of the defensive structure.(Note: Before you go out and buy this guy, he has already broken his arm in pre-season and will be out for 6 weeks)
Bandise Maku (7m) At 7m he’s not overpriced as a player, but do you really want to invest 7m in front row grunt for a team that is not going to feature anywhere except in the PE newspapers?
Luke Watson (9m) After recovering from a bout of bulimia, Luke Watson is back and this time he means business. At 9m he is the second most expensive player in the Kings squad but he is most definitely the number 1 player in the Presidents’ heart. Luke recently said he was sorry about his “Dutchmen” comments and was very sincere – we’re sure everyone believed him (especially the Loftus Versfeld Luke Watson Fan Club). Watson is a prolific try-scorer on attack but his role will be mostly defensive, on and off the field.
After winning the 2012 Currie Cup 1st Division, the EP Kings failed to make it through the promotion / relegation match and will stay in the Currie Cup 1st Division. Again. They did however “qualify” for Super Rugby.
We look forward to welcoming the Lions back to Super Rugby in 2014.
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