Kings wont fight relegation
After a devastating exit from Vodacom Super Rugby on the weekend, rumours started to surface on social media that the Kings would take SARU to court. Kings President, Cheeky Watson, denied these rumours and said the Kings would not be going to court.
The relegation came after they lost the first leg of a two match serious 26-19 in Port Elizabeth. They however won the return leg in Johannesburg 23-18, but fell 2 points short of retaining their Super Rugby status. The Lions had a superior points difference and that earned them promotion.
Both coaches voiced their disappointment in the way SARU has handled the whole situation. The Kings will now face a season of playing only first division Currie Cup rugby. That is unless they can come up with a type of competition that will see them face quality opposition. The Lions tried it this season and struggled as games got cancelled.
The Lions on the otherside of the coin now have to build a team to compete in Super Rugby. A difficult task as they lost some key players after being relegated last season. With the transfer window about to close most top players have signed contracts already.
Although a court room might not be the ideal place to fight this, SARU should be brought to account for the situation. They made promises they couldn’t keep, then left it to the President’s committee to resolve. Since then they have been quiet and did nothing to help either franchise. It also looks like that is the way it will remain.
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