Cape Town – Southern Kings prop Schalk Ferreira will be playing in his 30th PRO14 match should he get selected in the team that will take on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
front-rower is the most capped Southern Kings player in
the team’s record books, being the longest-serving player since 2013 where he
has amassed 63 caps in total – the most by any player at the franchise.
the side’s third-most capped player in the PRO14 championship behind
wing Yaw Penxe, who has had 31 starts, and centre Berton Klaasen, who has
made 27 starts and has four matches off the bench.
age, Ferreira is known as one of the hardest workers in the team. His
leadership has proved to be an invaluable asset to a largely young Southern Kings side,
and his experience – having played Super Rugby for a decade and
experience in the French Top 14 league for Toulouse – makes him a boon in the
Port Elizabeth-based side.
“I work hard on
my own fitness. I work on things that I can control – my fitness I can control,
my work rate and my effort are the things I can control. You see props going on
until the age of 40, especially in the northern hemisphere,” Ferreira said on
the positive contributions he makes each week.
“So I am
pushing myself – making the tackles, doing the basics right and trying to be a
leader in the team in doing that. There is no better leader than a leader that
leads by example – you have to be in the front line.”
An area where
Ferreira’s expertise is most need in the team is in the set pieces – something
the Southern Kings continue to work hard to improve.
The side has a
few times been criticised on their scrums. While Ferreira admits to often
coming short of their targets at scrum time, he acknowledges the strides the
team is making with a relatively young from row which has often been affected
by injury this season.
build a good scrum overnight – it takes a lot of structure, understanding and
time. We will not use the excuse of having a lot of our front row players being
injured. We are working on our systems, we are laying the ground level for
something to come,” the prop said.
“I think there
is a steady incline. I know there has been some criticism, but we have been
making progress. We believe in (scrum consultant) Rob Kempson and what he has
put in as our scrum coach, but it will take time.
“One can always
work on their own personal technique, but you don’t lose the scrum as an
individual, you lose it as an eight-man pack. That has been our focus – to work
harder as an eight-man pack, not just the front row or just the locks, but an
conceded that the Cheetahs – with the likes of Ox Nche in their arsenal – are
one of the strongest scrummagers in the PRO14 competition.
threw the gauntlet down, indicating that his team-mates would be up to scrum
challenge when the Southern Kings and Cheetahs face off this
criticism well – numbers don’t lie, we know we have often drawn the short
straw. But we saw a step up from that first game against the Cheetahs to last
weekend’s game. We will make an even bigger step up in this upcoming game,” he
“They have been
coached by one of the best scrum coaches in Daan Human – he is top notch. He
has been working with that pack for ages. They have an experienced front row,
but I think we are making leaps with our own progress as well. We, by no means,
believe that at this weekend’s game we will play second fiddle (to the Cheetahs
While the Southern Kings lost Rossouw de Klerk to another shoulder injury, the side
has been bolstered this week by the arrival of experienced prop, De-Jay
Terblanche, who is on loan from the Pumas.
between the two South African sides will take place at the Toyota Stadium in
Kick-off is at 16:00 on Saturday.