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Southern Kings plan to starve Chiefs of the ball


Southern Kings coach Matt Sexton

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Article Published: Thursday 14 March 2013


The Southern Kings say that they want better ball rentention when they take on the Chiefs having relied mainly on their defence in their opening Super Rugby matches.

The rookies from Port Elizabeth have made an encouraging start to the competition, defeating the Western Force and losing a tight struggle against the Sharks last weekend.

Now they face the defending champions, who will be hurting after their loss to the Stormers in Cape Town and will be eager to bounce back against the newcomers.

Kings coach Matt Sexton, who played Super Rugby for the Crusaders, said he understood the challenges his charges faced.

"The Chiefs have good depth right across the board so we will have a bit of a job on our hands and look forward to the challenge," Sexton said.

"Part of being defensive (last week) was that we didn't hold on to the ball properly. We made some silly errors and turned over ball when we shouldn't have.

"I think if we held on to the ball for a number of phases it might have been a different story, so we've been working on that at training.

"The players have seen the pictures and the implications of letting go of the ball too easily.

"The Chiefs have threats right across the board. They're pretty clinical when you turn over the ball or on a miscued kick or things like that.

"We want to be nice and tidy with what we do and I think that if we do that well, it presents a good challenge to them."

Another New Zealander, substitute backline player Hadleigh Parkes, emphasised the dangers presented by the Chiefs.

"It is exciting to be coming up against my countrymen because I played against a lot of them at schoolboy level," Parkes said.

"We have to be clinical against them because the Chiefs have shown themselves to be a pretty good attacking side.

"They can score tries and they have got a lot of steppers in their backline who can make space for themselves. In this game we have to be connected defensively and not be stand-offish."

Despite his inexperience, the hosts face a serious threat in teenage wing Sergeal Petersen, and fullback SP Marais is another capable of slipping through defences.

They would be aiming to do the basics well to create better possession, according to skipper Darron Nell.

"I think we just want to concentrate on our processes and make sure that they work well and I think the results will look after themselves," Nell said.

"Without a doubt it's going to be a tough game, but we just want to look at ourselves and make sure we can do what we can do properly."

 
 
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