Cheeky Watson says the EP Kings' promotion to an eight-team Currie Cup Premier Division will strengthen the development taking place in the province.
The Sharks represent South Africa's best, and only, hope of a Super Rugby title in 2014, writes JON CARDINELLI.
Steven Sykes will captain an injury-hit Kings team against the Stormers in PE on Friday night.
The Lions beat the Kings 19-12 in their warm-up match in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
The Cheetahs fought back from 21-7 down to beat the Kings 36-21 in a Super Rugby warm-up match in Port Elizabeth.
Kings speedster Sergeal Petersen hopes to play against the Cheetahs in a Super Rugby warm-up match on Saturday in PE.
Former EP Kings veteran back Tiger Mangweni has been appointed defence coach for the Vodacom Cup side.