FORMER Canterbury Crusaders hooker Matt Sexton has settled into his role as EP Kings rugby coach and will be aiming to keep them on top after an unbeaten run so far.
Despite a second-half fade which saw them draw against the Pumas last weekend, the Kings will be aiming to consolidate their position as log- leaders when they take on the Leopards at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday.
The 40-year-old New Zealander arrived last month to take over the coaching duties from Alan Solomons, allowing him to take up the post of EP director of rugby. Robbi Kempson will also concentrate on his role as head of the EP Academy.
Sexton, who signed a two- year contract with the EP Rugby Union, has been joined by another Kiwi, former head coach of the Canterbury under-19 side Brad Mooar, who will take up the position of specialist skills coach.
Reflecting on his new position, Sexton said he was nervous about the post but excited with the challenge ahead.
"I have a good understanding of what needs to be done and it is very important for this side to be promoted to the Currie Cup Premier Division,” Sexton said.
"We have got some great structures, facilities and a great management team, and that is really pleasing.
"I have got an existing relationship with Alan Solomons from Ulster where he coached me as player. Our coaching philosophy and values are on line and that’s what is important.”
Sexton arrived in Port Elizabeth – his first visit to the city – last month with his wife and three children. "We are impressed with the city’s environment and the people are so friendly.”
Mooar said his work with the Kings was to develop players by improving skills.
He said he enjoyed Port Elizabeth and its beaches and had moved here with his family. "I once spent three days watching the South Africa cricket team playing here in 2003,” Mooar said. "This place has great opportunities and a good climate and schools.”