Solomons challenged the establishment to fight for the Kings’ ongoing inclusion in the tournament and to give them Currie Cup premier division status.
The Kings beat the Lions 23-18 at Ellis Park, but were relegated by two points on aggregate after losing the first leg 26-19 in Port Elizabeth.
Solomons, who will take up a contract with Scottish club Edinburgh next week, was fuming after the match.
“If people in South African rugby are really serious about transforming the game, a franchise from the Eastern Cape has to be in Super rugby,” Solomons said.
“We need some leadership in rugby and they have to take some decisions, some hard decisions, about whether they want to move South African rugby on, or do they want to stay where we were prior to 1994?”
Solomons pointed to the success of the academy established in Port Elizabeth three years ago, as evidence that the region will ultimately bring through quality black players as long as the carrot of playing for a local franchise in Super 15 remained.
“We’ve got to do everything in our power to keep things going at the Kings and I certainly hope that the South African Rugby Union does something to ensure that the Kings are in the Currie Cup premier division in 2014,” Solomons said.
“When I look at what has been achieved in Port Elizabeth, I’m proud. In Friday night’s first division game, 14 of the starting team were from the Eastern Cape, five of the seven on the bench were from the Eastern Cape and eight of the starting fifteen and four on the bench were out of our academy.
“In all there were 13 players of colour in the squad and we’ve only been running that academy since 2010.
“In all, 97% of our academy players are local Eastern Cape guys and 65% of them are black players. Everyone is trying to raid our playing resources.
“What is happening down in Port Elizabeth is incredible and it’s an absolute disgrace that we’re not in Super rugby any more.
“We always said that we would never be a top team overnight because it’s a process, and so many of those players in our academy would have started to come through in the next few years.
“What happens to them now? If Saru are committed to transforming the game, then someone has got to do something.”