The Southern Kings might still be finding their feet in the Guinness PRO14 but this weekend’s encounter with the Dragons provided reason for optimism in the shape of second row Bobby De Wee.
Included in coach Deon Davids’ starting XV for the first time this season, De Wee turned in a tough and committed display that saw him make a total of 22 tackles during the match – a stat that saw him share top spot with Josh MacLeod from Scarlets on the official Opta Top Performers list for “Most Tackles Made” in Round 5 of Guinness PRO14 action. De Wee’s two lineout steals during the match also saw him take top spot on the Opta Top Performers list for “Most Lineout Steals” in Round 5.
Prior to the match Davids had challenged the new faces in his run-on XV to make the most of the opportunity they were being given and he certainly received an extremely positive response from the 23 year-old De Wee.
Previously with the Golden Lions this is De Wee’s first season with the Southern Kings and by putting his hand up against the Dragons he has probably given his coach a bit of a selection headache when it comes to choosing his team to take on Benetton Rugby this weekend. It’s a problem Davids probably won’t mind too much though as it gives him the assurance of more depth amongst his locks.
“Bobby has been working hard at training and kept a positive attitude. I am pleased for him and was very happy with his efforts against the Dragons. It’s exactly what you want to see from a player who has had to be patient for a while and wait for his chance,” said Davids.
The Kings’ next match is against Benetton this Saturday and kicks off at 20h00, SA time. It will be broadcast live on Channel 201 on Supersport – official broadcast partners of Guinness PRO14 rugby.
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