RESOLUTE EP Kings skipper David Bulbring wants his team to lay down an early season marker when they clash with the Free State Cheetahs in a friendly at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium tonight.
The experienced Bulbring says his team will give it a full go against the Free Staters when his new-look side bid to get off to a winning start.
After poor runs in the Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup Premier Division last season, a victory over the Free Staters would be the ideal way for the Kings to launch the new season.
Bulbring, who has also played for the Blue Bulls and Lions, has warned the Cheetahs that there is no such thing as rugby friendly.
“The nature of the game of rugby is that you don’t have a thing like a friendly,” the 25-year-old Bulbring said.
“One of our short-term goals is to win the Vodacom Cup. If we are going to play our best sides week in and week out, we really want to go out and win it. We will be giving it a full go on Friday.”
The Kings have included several of their new off-season signings in the side to play the Free Staters and Vodacom Cup head coach Mzwandile Stick has welcomed this early chance to assess the newcomers.
“It is an honour to lead the side and I am looking forward to it. It has been a long pre-season and the guys are looking forward to playing now,” Bulbring said.
“It has got to the stage where the players want to get out onto the field and show what they have got.
“There will be a lot blowing for the first 20 minutes, but we have done a lot of hard work. When the second wind comes, we will be ready for it.”
The new signings included in the Kings’ starting lineup are lock Tazz Fuzani, flank Eital Bredenkamp and wing Luther Obi. The newcomers on the bench are Jan Uys, Dylon Frylinck, Tony Jantjies and Sylvian Mahuza.