According to most Sport readers, the Kings have justified their inclusion in Super Rugby at the expense of the Lions.
With their 34-27 victory over the Highlanders in Port Elizabeth last Saturday, the Kings achieved their third victory of their maiden Super Rugby season – the same number of wins as the Lions achieved last season.
In addition, the Kings, during their season to date, have also achieved an away draw against the current Super Rugby table-topping Brumbies.
The Kings, currently in 13th position in the standings on 20 points, have five games remaining in their season, as well as a bye which guarantees them four points.
By comparison, the Lions finished the 2012 season in 15th – and last – spot on 25 points.
In addition, the Kings have outperformed the Western Force (one win, two draws in 2006) and the Melbourne Rebels (three wins, no draws in 2011) to become the most successful debutant in the history of the competition.
The Kings will also be aiming to avoid finishing the season with the wooden spoon, which will be a first for a debutant.
The Kings have been praised for playing attacking, entertaining rugby and have played to a packed stadium filled with dedicated fans, leading many to proclaim the team’s inclusion in Super Rugby as a resounding success.
The current Sport24 homepage poll asks:
“The Kings have now equaled the Lions 2012 Super Rugby record of three wins. Is it fair to say they have proven they deserve Super Rugby?”
These were the results:
59% – YES. The Kings have shown they are in Super Rugby to stay
41% – NO. The Lions would have done better and will still win the relegation playoff