Port Elizabeth – EP Kings scrumhalf Kevin
Luiters says the team is determined to achieve their goals of winning the
Vodacom Cup, despite an opening round 27-16 defeat to Griquas last weekend.
The men from Port Elizabeth hosted the defending
Vodacom Cup champions in what was set to be a tough encounter at Nelson Mandela
They did well to lead 12-10 at half-time,
but Griquas dominated the second half to clinch the victory.
While there was disappointment in defeat,
Luiters said there were positives to take out of the result.
“Our defence structures worked really well.
There was a notable improvement, especially following the arrival of new
assistant coach Brent Janse van Rensburg,” Luiters told MyPlayers.co.za.
“We also did well on attack. We made many
linebreaks, but struggled to finish off our opportunities, which at the end,
cost us the game.
“We obviously are not happy with the
result. We believe we are better than the scoreboard suggested. But we will
learn from this game, and come back stronger.”
Luiters added that the team will need time
to gel as there are several new players in the squad this season.
“This is the core group we want to take to
Super Rugby next season. So we need time to adjust with the new players,” said
Luiters. “However, in saying that, we have our goals that we want to achieve.
“We want to win the Vodacom Cup. We also
want to qualify for the Currie Cup playoffs. If we can achieve this, we put
ourselves in a great position ahead of our Super Rugby comeback next year.”
During Luiters’ chat with MyPlayers, he was
in the crowd during NMMU’s Varsity Cup match against Tuks on Monday evening.
“I haven’t had much time to watch the
Varsity Cup this season, but I always attend the games when I can. The Varsity
Cup is a great initiative for South African rugby,” said Luiters. “I’m a big fan
of what Shimlas has achieved this season. As a Shimlas old boy, I am impressed
with the way the team is playing under head coach MJ Smith.”
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