The Southern Kings hit the ground running in Port Alfred as they began the team camp with their first day of training in the Eastern Cape coastal town on Tuesday.
The side was welcomed to the town by the Ndlambe Municipality executive mayor, Councillor Phindile Faxi, and members of the council.
With the objective of fine-tuning on-field and off-the-field planning ahead of the start of the Vodacom Super Rugby, Southern Kings head coach Deon Davids is happy with the manner in which the camp has begun.
“It’s fantastic to be here. This is a fantastic place to have a camp. It’s lovely environment – even the welcome that we received from the mayor and his council,” the coach said from Port Alfred.
“We are looking forward to the week. We have had an excellent Day 1, where we focused on the building of our culture, what we expect from each other and what it is that we are looking to gain this season.”
With the team building towards their first pre-season friendly match against the Border Bulldogs in East London on Saturday, Davids highlighted what the team would be focusing on during the week.
“We are starting to work on our leadership groups and identifying our leaders for the rest of the campaign,” Davids emphasised.
“From a rugby perspective, we are finalising our detail in terms of the stuff that we have covered so far. We are also fine-tuning and learning some new stuff that we want to deal with before the [friendly] Border [Bulldogs] game.
“We also need to select two teams for the Border Bulldogs game and [next week’s friendly] game against the SWD Eagles. From now on we are training in order to build those combinations, and to gain some clarity around some structures and systems that we want to put in place.”
The Southern Kings will be based in Port Alfred until Friday before moving on to East London in preparation for the clash against the Border Bulldogs at the Buffalo Stadium. The match will kickoff at 17h15 on Saturday.