Un­gerer em­braces chance to step up for Kings

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - GE­ORGE BY­RON

Af­ter scor­ing two tries on his Guin­ness PRO14 de­but, ro­bust scrumhalf Ste­fan Un­gerer aims to make the Isuzu South­ern Kings No 9 jersey his own this sea­son.

Un­gerer, who ar­rived from the Pu­mas last month, de­liv­ered a strong show­ing de­spite the Kings go­ing down 38-31 to Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Le­in­ster at the Madibaz Sta­dium on Sun­day.

“I will take the tries when they come and luck­ily the ball bounced in my di­rec­tion,” Un­gerer said.

“Now I am look­ing to make that start­ing berth mine as much as pos­si­ble. I ar­rived in Port Eliz­a­beth last Fri­day and watched the Kings match against the Scar­lets.

“I joined in train­ing on Mon­day and I re­mem­bered some of my calls from last time when I played for the Kings in Su­per Rugby. My team­mates also did a lot to help me set­tle in.

“I was ex­cited to play af­ter a two week break af­ter rep­re­sent­ing the Pu­mas in the Cur­rie Cup. So I was look­ing for­ward to get­ting back on the field for my first PRO14 game against north­ern hemi­sphere op­po­nents.

“I felt the game was phys­i­cal and fly­half Mar­tin du Toit and loose for­ward Ruaan Lerm made me feel at home on my PRO14 de­but.”

Un­gerer feels PRO14 is more phys­i­cal than the Cur­rie Cup.

“With the strong wind we had for the game, there were lots of stop­pages, but when play got go­ing it was rel­a­tively quick.

“I don’t think I was in the best of shape when I came here last time from the Sharks and I also had a in­jury when I ar­rived.

“I needed some re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion at that time,” he said.

“As South Africans play­ing in Europe, we must bring some­thing dif­fer­ent. We might not al­ways have the big­gest pack so we have to have an­other edge.”

If Un­gerer can con­tinue with the form he showed against Le­in­ster, the strong-run­ning No 9 could be the cat­a­lyst in a Kings re­vival dur­ing the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

As South Africans play­ing in Europe, we must bring some­thing dif­fer­ent

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