After enduring a difficult past few months of Super Rugby, the Kings have put together back-to-back victories and are now in search of a win against coastal rivals the Sharks in what would be their first ever triumph over South African opposition.
Both players and management have been under intense scrutiny since SANZAAR announced that the sprawling competition would lose two South African teams next year, with the Kings and Cheetahs in the firing line, but the men from the Eastern Cape have responded in fine style by pulling off a nailbiting 26-24 win over the Waratahs in Australia and then thumping the Rebels 44-3 in Port Elizabeth.
A win for the Kings, who lie in fifth spot on the combined Africa log with 15 points, on Saturday over the more fancied Sharks would be a potentially epoch-changing moment for the Eastern Cape franchise. Earlier in the season, they were narrowly edged 19-17 by the Sharks in Durban and are confident of doing the business on their home patch tomorrow.
The Kings are conducting a social media campaign to get their fans to fill up the Nelson Mandela Stadium and give them the boost they need to overcome the visitors, who are in the qualification spots for the playoff rounds.
“I think our guys are quite focused on what we want to achieve and do – we spoke about it. There is quite some excitement in terms of getting better support and getting the fans here at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. We are glad that we could pull off a win in our last two games. We just want to build on that feeling and energy we received from all the support. The more support we get, the more encouraging it will be for the guys to do better,” said coach Deon Davids told Sport24.
If the hosts haven’t flattered to deceive over the past few weeks and are able to get the better of their bigger neighbours, it would give administrators something to think about and be a huge result in the heartland of black rugby,