Teenager Sergeal Petersen was bubbling over with emotion after a marvelous performance, but stand-in skipper Andries Strauss has warned the Southern Kings to keep their feet on the ground for some tough matches ahead.
The Kings made a memorable Super Rugby debut with a 22-10 win over the Western Force in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, and the 18-year-old Petersen picked up the man of the match award after scoring two tries.
“You could not ask for a better start than this,” Petersen beamed after the match.
The youngster was delighted with his brace in front of his home crowd.
“It was emotional and passionate because I am from this area and I just want to give back to EP rugby what they’ve given me,” he said.
“It was a perfect start and it’s a dream to play with a team like this because we are all brothers.”
Strauss, one of the few Kings players with extensive Super Rugby experience, took over the captaincy after Luke Watson had to leave the field towards the end of the first half following a blow to the throat.
He said the result was a victory for their pre-season preparation following some hard work to mould a top flight outfit after the Kings received the go-ahead to join the competition in August.
“We worked hard in pre-season and moulded the side since day one, but we have to keep our feet on the ground,” Strauss said.
“We still have a lot of work to do and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.