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The Eastern Province Kings cemented a home semi-final after thrashing the Griffons 60-19 in Port Elizabeth last Friday night to move to 55 points – eight points ahead of the second-placed Ford Pumas with just two rounds remaining.
The EP Kings meet the Pumas at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday 21 September. Kick off is at 7:10 pm.
The First Division EP Kings are vying for a place in the Premier Division which is currently populated by 6 teams; Lions, Sharks, Western Province, Griquas, FS Cheetahs and Blue Bulls – the Lions are the current log leaders with the Blue Bulls guarding last place.
Some of the EP Kings achievements to date:
Lets examine some of the hurdles making ascension to the Premier Division by a First Division side difficult (some would say as well nigh impossible as parting the waters!):
Based on the above it could then happen that the winners of the First Division, (most pundits predict the EP Kings to win) will have to play against the last placed side (could be the Blue Bulls) newly bolstered with a plethora of Springboks returning from Argentina to represent their home unions?
My pea brain thus recognises that the present promotion/relegation format is heavily biased against any First Division team looking to be promoted.
In fact when last was any team promoted to the Premier Division without some form of ‘manipulation’ to the rules?