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Southern Kings captain Ferreira confident elusive first victory over Ulster


By Adam McKendry

Southern Kings captain Schalk Ferreira says his team are ready to win and have targeted Ulster as a potential first victory in the Guinness PRO14.

It's been a dreadful start to the season for the Kings, who have failed to pick up any points in their opening seven fixtures, propping up Conference B in the league and failing to inspire any confidence in the move to include them in the league.

Even worse for them is the improvement of fellow South African franchise the Cheetahs, who have roared back from a poor start to move into the play-off places in Conference A with some eye catching performances.

As well as that, the Kings' fans have also struggled to adapt to the new competition, with only 500 turning out for their match against Leinster in September in the 48,000-seater Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

But the experienced Ferreira, who will lead the Port Elizabeth franchise today in the absence of club captain Mike Willemse, believes that it will only take one win to change their fortunes.

"(That first win) could be the one that changes everything, and we're definitely targeting this one for a win," the prop confidently states.

"From our first game to now we've been making little improvements each game, and we can be proud of what we've done. But we're still hunting for that first win and Saturday is no different. We're going for that win."

This week could be their best chance yet, back on home soil with the conditions suiting them down to the ground as a heatwave tears through Port Elizabeth, bringing temperatures in the low-30s.

On top of that, with the game moved to the Isaac Wolfson Stadium they're expecting a much larger crowd than at their previous games with an electric atmosphere anticipated.

While former Toulouse man Ferreira thinks this game offers the Kings their best chance to record that first point, he says they're not going into the game expecting the elusive victory.

"When you play a big team like Ulster, they've got huge depth, they've still got big names and game breakers," the South African enthuses.

"We're not underestimating them, we're just focusing on ourselves and we are ready to win.

"But Ulster are one of the best teams in the competition and we won't underestimate them.

He adds: "I'm really looking forward to it."

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