Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has expressed satisfaction after his team beat the Kings 16-12 in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.
The Bulls returned from the Eastern Cape with a win under their belt and the absence of injuries following the warm-up was also an additional plus.
"Obviously the result was important as we dropped the game last year. The Kings scored close to the end of the match and we did very well to show composure and close the game down," Ludeke told TheBulls.
"It is early in the season and no one wants injuries so we are pleased that everyone came through the game well.
"This was important for the coaching staff to assess the reserve strength and in that regard we are pleased as a number of players did very well."
Ludeke also had a lot of praise for stand-in captain Wilhelm Steenkamp.
"He did very well. It was a funny game in that we had our first scrum only after an hour but he coped well. There were a lot of line-outs and drives from that."
The Bulls conceded 16 penalties, mostly at the breakdown, but Ludeke is happy to come across these hiccups and make the necessary changes before the season kicks off.
"One wants to have those mistakes indentified as early as possible and we are pleased that it happened. There was nothing new with regards to the implementation of the laws; it was just us making technical errors. It is easy to solve those issues."
The Bulls play the Cheetahs in Polokwane on Saturday and Ludeke is expected to make numerous changes to his starting line-up.