The relative success achieved by the SWD Eagles/Border Bulldogs combination last week, has piled pressure on the Eastern Province branch of the Kings franchise.
Luke Watson will lead the EP Kings into battle against the Bulls in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, when part two of head coach Alan Solomons’ masterplan kicks into action.
The Bulldogs/Eagles version of the Kings performed “admirably” against the more fancied Cheetahs last week, leading 20-7, before the men from Bloemfontein eventually raced clear to win 33-20.
And now the EP men get their shot at impressing the head coach, with spots in the 2013 Super Rugby squad the big lure.
Solomons, speaking to this website ahead of Saturday’s outing against the three-time Super Rugby champion Bulls, made it clear that the focus at this stage is on “individuals”, more than the team.
“What is important is to try and give everybody in the region exposure,” Solomons said, adding that after this game they would have seen all the available players.
“We saw a lot of the South Western Districts Eagles and Border Bulldogs players, who acquitted themselves very well against the Cheetahs.
“This is another opportunity for players to put their hands up.
“Yes, it is also an opportunity to put on trial some of the systems we have put in place.
“However, most of all these games are very important for the individuals concerned … to give them that exposure and to give
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