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    Kings coach 'proud' of narrow Sharks loss

    2017-03-20 13:10

    Cape Town - Had they pulled it off, it would surely have been the upset of Super Rugby 2017 so far. 

    The Kings came so close, but in the end they fell just short as they were edged 19-17 by the Sharks in Saturday's Super Rugby action. 

    The Sharks were incredibly poor, but the Kings played their part too by putting in another improved display. 

    The visitors could have stolen the match at the death, but flyhalf Lionel Cronje missed a difficult penalty just a couple of minutes from time. 

    "I'm very proud of the boys' effort," coach Deon Davids said after the match.

    "I think we made a huge step up in certain areas of our game.

    "Defensively, we were very good in the first half and continued in the second half to stop the momentum of the Sharks.

    "Our scrums were a bit under pressure but the guys recovered well and actually scrummed well throughout the game."

    Davids said that, depsite the improved performance, there were still a number of areas that commanded attention. 

    "We had some opportunities which we didn't capitalise on," he said.

    "The our discipline. We conceded too many penalties and that kept the Sharks in the game and then also our tactical kicking wasn't as good as it can be. It allowed the Sharks to stay in our half and we lost a bit of control and territory by not playing in the right areas.

    "We've got a lot of positives and we will just try to keep improving every week."

    The Kings are next in action when they host the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

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