Southern Kings vs Zebre
Competition: Guinness Pro14
Date: 23 September 2017
Kick off: 19:35 CET
It is the battle of the bottom dwellers, and this could well be the competition for the wooden spoon as the two teams with no wins in Zebre and the Kings clash in South Africa.
It has not been a glorious introduction for the Kings in their new campaign after being pushed and pulled around by Sanzaar, which eventually led to them being kicked out of Super Rugby after two years. They have had to piece together a team from players on loan and other club rejects, in so much so that there are only four players from the Super Rugby squad still involved in the Kings. They have lost all of their games, including their first home game against Leinster, and their crowd showing in that game was woeful and embarrassing. This game against Zebre looks to be their best chance of getting a win, if not their only win, in the entire competition, so they had better be up for it.
For Zebre, it is much of the same this year as they continue to struggle, but at least now they have another team to compete with other than Treviso for the wooden spoon; and with Treviso winning away at Edinburgh, it is probably just as well that Zebre can target a team like the Kings. It will be a new experience for Zebre traveling to Port Elizabeth. And South Africa for that matter, but again, they will not have to fear any form of hostile fan base, as the stadium again promises to be very empty. Zebre need to win this game to try and get anywhere in the competition, and an away win such as this would be a big confidence booster.
Southern Kings vs Zebre: Previous games
Scarlets vs Kings 57-10
Connacht vs Kings 32-10
Kings vs Leinster 10-31
Ospreys vs Zebre 22-13
Zebre vs Scarlets 10-41
Cheetahs vs Zebre 54-39
Southern Kings vs Zebre: Head to Head Stats
This is the first time these teams will be meeting in the Pro 14
Southern Kings vs Zebre: Prediction
The home team is usually the one to back, but when the home team is the Kings, you need to think twice. However, this is a different situation as the home team in this instance is a very long travel away for Zebre, another weak team that does not need any more distractions. The Kings have the attack, it is whether they can hold out Zebre to win this that will count.
Southern Kings vs Zebre: Betting Tips
- Kings to win by seven points or less
- Zebre to score first
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