Kings coach concerned over crowd attendance during home fixtures

Robbie Kempson
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Southern Kings interim coach Robbi Kempson is concerned about poor crowd attendance at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium during their Pro 14 matches.

The struggling Port Elizabeth rugby franchise will host Irish side, Connacht on Sunday.

The Kings have lost their last six matches and will embark on a home support this time around.

Kempson believes that, unlike in Europe, there is not much attraction for Pro 14 in South Africa to the Kings and the Cheetahs.

“I don’t think there is much emphasis placed on Pro 14 as it should be. I think it’s the world’s toughest competition. I don’t actually question it. I think us not winning doesn’t assist that process. People want to watch a winning team. It’s easier to draw thousands to the stadium. I think for them coming to the stadium and watch other international teams, it’s just much of a spectacle, coming to watch the kings and that should be much of a drawcard,” says Kempson.