AFTER scoring a massive 206 points in four warm-up matches, the try-hungry EP Kings have been given the week off by their satisfied head coach Carlos Spencer.
“They deserve it,” Spencer said after his team thumped the Eagles 78-32 in George on Friday.
“They have worked extremely hard. I set them the goal to score 200-plus points in our warm-up games regardless of the opposition.
“You have got to be doing something right [to do that] and I congratulated them on that.”
The Kings will resume training on Monday before their final friendly game against the Cheetahs in Cradock on August 1.
They start their Currie Cup Premier Division campaign with a match against Western Province at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on August 8.
In their warm-up games the Kings have beaten a Bulls XV 66-28, a Sharks XV 50-24 and the Eagles. In the first game, they lost 34-12 against Wales.
The try scorers for the Kings on Friday were Lizo Gqoboka, Charl du Plessis (2), Paul Perez (2), Siyanda Grey, Paul Schoeman (3), Shaun McDonald and George Whitehead.
Though his men notched up a convincing win, Spencer was not totally happy with the showing against the Eagles. “It was a bit disappointing, but we showed good character and sometimes you need that.
“Some individuals were too relaxed,” Spencer said.
“Some of us were maybe just expected to come here and win. We are going to get situations like that and it goes to show we have got to get ourselves out of them. The guys did well in the last 15 minutes of the first half to pull through and score four tries and we ended up going into the half-time break with the lead.
“Well done to the Eagles – they came out and showed character. When they got a sniff they got their heads up and gave us a go.
“You need situations where you can see who has got character in the team to see how they come out of it.
“You need to be put in those situations.
“You need that sort of pressure occasionally to see how the guys react – who puts their hand up and takes the team forward.
“We were a bit impatient and turned the ball over too early. I thought the Eagles attacked our breakdown well. We were not getting clean ball.
“They came through and were spoiling our ball and putting a lot of pressure on our scrumhalf.”
Spencer also wants his team to improve their discipline before the Currie Cup kicks off.
“I think we were poor. At the moment we are just not consistent enough in terms of where we are.
“We are good one week and the next we drop our standards.”
Spencer warned: “The Kings cannot afford to be up and down, especially when it comes to the Currie Cup and we come up against the big sides.
“Those are going to be the small things that are going to stand out at the end of the day.” – George Byron