On 26 July 2013, the Lions beat the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth 26-19 in the first promotion relegation game between the two teams fighting for the right to play in Super Rugby for the next 3 years.
Just like a little boy whose Daddy gave him a big fat lollipop to suck on and quell my whining only to have it snatched away because Daddy wants to show just how tough he is, I am p*ssed off and crying like a little girl.
The Southern Kings will be going into the final promotion relegation game against the Lions on 3 August 2013 with huge odds against them – even the stadium management don’t think they will be returning to Super Rugby.
Kings management and players publicly say that they “can beat the Lions” but they have to say that don’t they?
The media who faithfully attend the press conferences and games are so desperate for Super Rugby to stay that they stay blindly loyal to every utterance even when they know that the truth is being bent a little bit. But, we stay loyal as we desperately want our region to be successful and proud.
In fact on Friday I awarded the prize for the ‘Most Positive Local Rugby Sports Writer” trophy to my mate George Byron from The Herald who, faced with only 3 wins by the Southern Kings during Super Rugby, has remained overwhelmingly positive.
To have sat next to Michael Green – Die Burger, Francois de Wet – Die Son, Neil Bisseker – Algoa FM, Gareth Burley – Kingfisher FM and all the other occasional media and shared their open support of the Southern Kings has been memorable. We all remain hopeful that the 7 point win over the Lions will take place this Saturday.
On Saturday the Longhair and I will, after being fortified with a few Craft Brews, be watching the game avidly and hoping that it will be more than 7 points that separate the Kings from the Lions so that EP Rugby will be given one more chance to grow and contribute to this great nation of ours.
Give our poll the benfit of your vote:
These businesses support MyPE:
MyPE supports PE business: