Kings flush away their losses, vow to come back strong

The Herald (South Africa) - - Sport - Ge­orge By­ron by­[email protected]­soblack­

Un­de­terred by six con­sec­u­tive de­feats, Isuzu South­ern Kings head coach Deon Davids says he will press the re­set but­ton dur­ing his team’s month-long Guin­ness PRO14 break.

Af­ter a dis­mal start to their cam­paign, the Kings are plan­ning to hit the ground run­ning when they face Ed­in­burgh in Scot­land on Jan­uary 5 af­ter a four-week break.

In their last game of 2018, the Kings were pipped 22-19 by Benet­ton Tre­viso in Port El­iz­a­beth.

Only one win from 10 games has left the Kings at the bot­tom of Con­fer­ence B and fac­ing a tough se­cond half of the sea­son.

“We will have a break now and re­group on De­cem­ber 27,” Davids said.

“The team will train un­til De­cem­ber 31, be­fore we climb on the plane for Ed­in­burgh on Jan­uary 2.

“Once we ar­rive in Scot­land, we will just have a cap­tain’s run on that side be­fore our match at Mur­ray­field.

“We must just build go­ing for­ward now.

“Hope­fully the in­jured guys will be back in Jan­uary so we can look for­ward to a full field of play­ers at train­ing. The Kings need ev­ery­one in the se­cond half be­cause it is a tough pro­gramme. We need to step up from the first game of 2019 in Scot­land.

“We will flush out this first half of the sea­son. In our post­mortem, we will look at what we have done well and where we need to im­prove.

“The team will find pri­or­i­ties that we must at­tend to.”

Davids said his team were con­tin­u­ing to learn les­sons in the Euro­pean league.

“I must com­mend Benet­ton on their de­fence, which was ex­cel­lent. They man­aged to keep us be­hind the ad­van­tage line, and at times we did not play smart enough,” he said.

“Maybe we could have snapped to­wards the blind side and used that as an op­por­tu­nity. Benet­ton were very strong on their de­fen­sive open side.”

Davids will be hop­ing that a per­ma­nent for­wards coach will be ap­pointed to as­sist him in the se­cond half of the sea­son.

When for­mer Kings for­wards coach Barend Pi­eterse left to pur­sue his ca­reer in Ja­pan he was not re­placed.

In the in­terim, the Kings have been mak­ing the use of for­mer Bok prop Robbi Kemp­son to drill their for­wards on a con­sul­tancy ba­sis.



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