SOUTHERN Kings skipper Luke Watson has given his selectors a pleasant problem to consider when they meet to pick their team to play the Bulls in Saturday’s Super Rugby showdown at Nelson Mandela Bay.
Having been sidelined by a throat injury since February, Watson is back in the mix and ready to take his place to face the Loftus Versfeld giants.
The Kings team to face the Bulls is expected to be named on Tuesday.
It will certainly be an emotional moment for the crowd if Watson leads the rejuvenated Kings out against the Bulls in what should be a fiery South African derby.
Rugby fever is building in the Bay after the Kings pulled off a last-minute 30-27 win over the Rebels in Melbourne last Saturday.
Watson enjoyed a standout game when the Eastern Province Kings beat the South Western Districts Eagles 52-10 in a Vodacom Cup match last Friday.
Asked whether he was ready to face the Bulls on Saturday, Watson said: “Look, we do not want to get too far ahead of ourselves.
“I will talk to director of rugby Alan Solomons and let’s see what happens. It is too early to say whether I will play or perhaps start on the bench.
“It is a long season and there are still plenty of South African derby matches to come. I only expected to play 60 minutes against the Eagles so I was happy that I was on for the full 80 minutes.”
While Watson has been away, the Kings have developed a highly efficient loose-forward combination, with Devin Oosthuizen, Jacques “Vleis” Engelbrecht, Wimpie van der Walt and Cornell du Preez all shining for the rookie franchise.