Port Elizabeth - The
Eastern Province Kings battled to stay in the game against a determined and
hungry the Western Province at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium on Saturday
the Kings opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, ill discipline and poor
defence cost the home team and saw the visitors win by a comfortable 36-6.
Kings took an early lead with Kobus Marais comfortably converting a penalty.
Province winger, Leolin Zas beat the Kings defenders in the 12th minute and ran
in a 40m try, converted by Brandon Thompson, putting WP in the lead, 7-3.
Jones broke through the defence just a minute later, but a referral to the TMO
saw the decision reversed as winger Zas stepped out before passing to Jones.
minutes later and it was an almost exact replay, except this time Zas stayed in
the field of play and Jones dotted the ball over the whitewash. Thompson missed
the conversion and Western Province led 12-3.
after EP’s eighth man, Christaan de Bruin, was sent to the sin bin for 10
minutes with a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.
didn’t wait long to take advantage of their superior numbers on the field and
winger Werner Kok blasted through the Kings defence to dot down the ball
between the posts. A TMO referral saw the offload to Kok ruled
forward, and the try was not awarded.
32nd minute the Kings dominated a scrum and won the penalty, with Marais
converting the from roughly 40m out to make it 12-6.
minutes before half time and Kings were once again down to 14 men as Etienne
Oosthuizen got yellow carded.
Province put in a solid scrum on the Kings 5m line, driving over the whitewash with Sikhumbuzo Notshe adding the 5 points for the
visitors as the half time whistle sounded. Western Province went into the break
second half got off to a slow start, but is was Western Province’s Jano Vermaak
adding the first points on the board with his try for the visitors in the 58th
minute. Thompson converted, taking Western Province to a 24-6 lead.
once again shone through in the 72nd minute, after breaking through the Kings
defensive line and running in from centre field for his second try.
let an opportunity pass, Jones ran in his hat-trick try of the evening just
three minutes later, dotting it neatly between the posts, with Thompson
converting and taking the visitors to a comfortable 30 point lead.
Eastern Province Kings
Penalties: K Marais (2)
DHL Western Province
Tries: H Jones (3), S Notshe, J Vermaak, L ZasConversions: B Thomson (3)