Keep calm… and support the Kings!

Southern-kings-logo-new-291x300By Sarah Boomgaard

Regardless of how they got there or who they forced out, South Africans should stop their whining and support the Southern Kings, particularly against Australian and New Zealand teams.

The number of South Africans calling the Kings and “embarrassment to South African Rugby” and willing the Kings to lose against the Western Force in their inaugural Super Rugby match was not only shocking but revolting. We have to be the only country in the world that wills our very own to lose.  It’s understandable that Lions supporters are not happy that their team was demoted but they should not blame the Kings for how SARU handled the situation.

The Kings are a part of Super Rugby now. It is already a daunting task when you are the new kids on the block and their mission is made that much more intimidating by the fact their country does not support them.  The Eastern Cape deserves a seat at the Super Rugby table and it’s about time South Africans recognise that.  Grey PE has produced some phenomenal rugby players and the region lost them to the Sharks, Stormers, Bulls, etc. This would not have happened if there was a Super Rugby team in their home province.  Players like Sergeal Petersen, the teenager who scored two tried in the Kings’ first game, would not have stuck around if the Kings were not promised a piece of the Super Rugby pie.

South Africa is blessed with an abundance of rugby talent. The Kings will be yet another team to facilitate and showcase this. Another competitive and thriving rugby union will only be to the benefit of South African Rugby. But the Southern Kings are about more than just rugby, they have the power to transform the face of SA Rugby without the need for “quotas”. Their introduction to Super Rugby will allow the Eastern Cape to produce talented players of colour who could walk into any team around the world – this is the future of the Kings.

The critics are quick to point out that their win against the Force is just the beginning and I agree! This is just the start of the fantastic things we will come to see from the Southern Kings! It may not be today or tomorrow but the Southern Kings will become a force to be reckoned with.  

 

19 thoughts on “Keep calm… and support the Kings!

  1. Asma says:

    Couldn’t have said it better Sarah. To build a nation, we need to learn to support each other.

  2. Johan says:

    Couldn’t agree more! Go Sarah! Go Luke! Go Kings!!

  3. Sue Nightingale says:

    You continue to amaze me! Well done Sarah! You have come a long way and you should be very proud of yourself

  4. Ilsa says:

    Luke must be so incredibly proud of you! You’ve supported and defended him and his teams through thick and thin! Luke if you’re reading this, you should know what an amazing person your admin is!

  5. Dawn Swart says:

    Well done Sarah a excellent piece and well said. Ellis Park would wish for 32000 people there! The Kings played exciting rugby and am sure will grow in strengh.

  6. Warren says:

    I think the Kings should be given this season and the next four .I think all the franchises and their fans should get behind them and give them a proper Go!I think regardless where they come this season , next season the bulls should sit out, then the Stormers, cheetahs and finally the sharks. If they finish last in their five seasons their place should go to an Argentinian side .

  7. David says:

    I’ve admired your spunk and steadfast adherence to your principles for a few years on another site. Keep it up, Sarah.

  8. Keo says:

    Well articulated and as passionate as ever. Never stop being who you are. You inspire many.

    • Erin says:

      Wow Sarah! A compliment from Mr Keo! That’s when you know you’ve made it ;) Maybe there’s a spot for you on his team one day :D

  9. Scipio says:

    Don’t forget about Dale, Selborne and Queens College…..they have collectively added a lot to SA rugby.

  10. Ignus says:

    I am fortunate enough to have witnessed this first historic event between the Kings and the Force and it was a game I will remember for the rest of my life. I suppor the Kings all the way, the players deserve our support.

  11. Deelie says:

    Eish Sarah, well said. What an amazing article, so fitting 2 the game & for our Country. Keep climbing that mountain. You make us proud. Mom.

  12. Nazly Belfiore says:

    HI Sarah once again youve said it like it is you go girl always my hero . Very very proud of you . Aunty Naz

  13. Nauru wczasy says:

    Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Extremely helpful information specially the last part :) I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this certain information for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  14. Could not have put it better myself, we need to get behind our Kings, also wrote something about the Kings last week, 1st post ever for me

    http://nkabiludumo.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/the-arrival-of-the-southern-kings/

  15. […] publish. While I have written a few pieces this holiday, they didn’t seem to measure up to my Keep calm… and support the Kings! article. I was fortunate enough for it to appear as the winning article in SA Rugby magazine but […]

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