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In next weekend's action, the Kings host the Bulls, while the Sunwolves take on the Stormers in Cape Town.
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In the end, the Kings made 123 tackles to the Sunwolves' 72!
The Kings missed 19 tackles compared to the Sunwolves' 17.
However, some resolute defence late on from the Kings won them the game.
#SuperRugby - RESULT:Strong defence in the second half gives the Kings their first win of the season. #SSRugby pic.twitter.com/KRRkJWXP8J— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) April 2, 2016
#SuperRugby - RESULT:Strong defence in the second half gives the Kings their first win of the season. #SSRugby pic.twitter.com/KRRkJWXP8J
Wow, what a helter-skelter finish to that game!
But the Kings have managed to hang on for their first win of the season. Superb commitment on defence in the second half can be attributed to that victory...
80'- But they drop the ball as Watts pounces.
He off-loads to Visser who sets sail to the tryline. He passes inside to Watermeyer but the centre is bundled out...
79'- Watts CONVERTS his own try.
Kings 33-23 Sunwolves
77'- PENALTIES CONCEDED
76' - Sunwolves centre Harumichi Tatekawa is penalised for a neck grab - it allows Fouche to set up a lineout inside the red zone.
The Kings may just win this game!
76'- TMO CALL
The referee now goes upstairs for a possible neck grab by a Sunwolves player.
If ever a team deserved to win a game it is this Kings side. Come on boys.— Brendan Venter (@BrendanVenter) April 2, 2016
If ever a team deserved to win a game it is this Kings side. Come on boys.
72' - TACKLES MADE
71'- Sunwolves penalised for obstruction.
But my word, that was heroic defence from the Kings!
Defended like Trojans ... But then silly and crap kick gets them back on the line ... Sunwolves turning down so many points ... Weird— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) April 2, 2016
Defended like Trojans ... But then silly and crap kick gets them back on the line ... Sunwolves turning down so many points ... Weird
67' - Pisi charges down a kick from Luiters on halfway and sets off after the ball. But Cloete gets there first for the Kings. Great pace for the flanker to dot the ball down dead.
However, it gives the Sunwolves a scrum five metres out.
65'- TACKLES MISSED
65' - TACKLES MADE
64'- Terrific defence from the Kings and Cloete wins a penalty on the ground!
Great commitment shown on defence by the home side.
63' - Velleman did not use his arms in a tackle and he is penalised.
Referee Rasta Rasivhenge wanted to give a yellow card, but luckily for the Kings, TMO Christie du Preez
said it was only a penalty.
63'- TMO CALL
The referee goes upstairs for a potential dangerous tackle by Kings flank CJ Velleman.
62'- Good defence by the Kings but their hooker Marutlulle is caught off-side.
It's under the posts but the Sunwolves take a quick tap...
59' - Fouche's PENALTY attempt has the legs as it goes in off the left-hand upright.
Kings 26-23 Sunwolves
58'- Sunwolves caught off side and the Kings will line up a shot, about 45m out.
It will be a tough kick into the wind for Fouche...
56' - Apologies for the slight delay.
In the meantime, Pisi has slotted a 40m penalty to level matters at 23-all.
@SuperRugby @SouthernKingsSA v @sunwolves https://t.co/clbDehMSbX @SuperRugbySA @rhuggard pic.twitter.com/uGyL3ZKzrk— Gallo Sport (@Gallo_Sport) April 2, 2016
@SuperRugby @SouthernKingsSA v @sunwolves https://t.co/clbDehMSbX @SuperRugbySA @rhuggard pic.twitter.com/uGyL3ZKzrk
Kings-Sunwolves feels so like Division Two, but at least it's fairly entertaining.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) April 2, 2016
Kings-Sunwolves feels so like Division Two, but at least it's fairly entertaining.
Kings concede a penalty through Velleman for not rolling away.
Full time: KINGS 33-28 SUNWOLVES.
TRY, SUNWOLVES, YAMADA! 33-28: A late try for the Sunwolves but this may not be enough for a win here. The lead is 5 points now.
The conversion is missed, an important one and Pisi keeps the score unchanged.
CONVERSION, KINGS, FOUCHE! 33-23: Fouche adds the two points from the conversion and the lead is 10 points now.
TRY, KINGS, WATTS! 31-23: Watts scores an important try and Kings extend the lead to 8 points.
Three points separate the teams in Port Elizabeth and the Kings are holding on to their lead.
Another penalty conceded by the Sunwolves, Tatekawa for a high tackle.
Sunwolves concede another penalty, Takuma Asahara for collapsing the scrum.
The Sunwolves concede a penalty through Tim Bond for obstruction. Eight minutes left in the game.
The Kings concede a penalty because of scrum infringement.
Three point difference separating the two teams and this game is going down to the wire.
Sunwolves concede another penalty, Makabe for not releasing the ball.
Kings concede another penalty, Velleman for a lifting tackle.
Marutlulle is caught offside and Kings concede a penalty.
PENALTY, KINGS, FOUCHE! 26-23: Kings take the lead, Fouche slots the penalty goal in and it is a 3 point lead.
Liaki Moli is caught offside and Sunwolves concede a penalty.
The scores are level, both teams are playing well. Exciting game so far.
PENALTY, SUNWOLVES, PISI! 23-23: Sunwolves go for the points from the penalty and Pisi slots it in. The scores are level.
Kings concede a penalty, Chris Cloete goes off his feet in the ruck.
Sunwolves concede a penalty, Tamura for not releasing the ball.
The score has not changed since the break, neither team has scored.
The Kings are dominating the possession now, can the score here to put some distance between them and the Sunwolves?
Both teams settling into the second half, looking to make chances and score. Kings have a slim 3 point lead.
Sunwolves concede a penalty, Tim Bond was in front of the kicker
The conversion is missed which puts the Sunwolves 3 points behind the Kings at half time.
Half time: Kings 23-20 Sunwolves.
Second half begins.
TRY, SUNWOLVES, BOND! 23-20: Sunwolves score through Tim Bond who puts in a great run as he goes through the Kings defence. Brilliant stuff just before the break.
It has been an interesting game so far with each side dominating in phases, Kings scoring two tries at the start, Sunwolves coming back strongly to level the score with two tries and then Kings scoring a try and a penalty to gain the lead.
A few minutes remaining in the first half and Kings look like they will keep the lead going into the break.
Fouche misses the conversion, so the lead stays at 8 points.
TRY, KINGS, GATES! 23-15: Gates is having a good game so far, he has set up a couple of chances and now scores a long range try for the Kings. They lead by 8 points.
Sithole cuts through the Sunwolves defence and advances a few metres.
PENALTY, KINGS, FOUCHE! 18-15: Fouche makes no mistake and Kings get three points from the penalty goal.
Sunwolves concede a penalty, Kakinaga collapses the scrum.
Sunwolves have turned this game around in the last few minutes, they have attacked well and put the Kings under pressure.
The conversion is missed and the Sunwolves fail to take the lead.
TRY, SUNWOLVES, PISI! 15-15: Pisi finds the gap and runs through the defence to go all the way. The scores are level.
Another penalty from the Kings, Visser not releasing the ball.
CONVERSION, SUNWOLVES, PISI! 15-10: Pisi makes no mistake in slotting the conversion in and the Sunwolves are just 5 points behind.
TRY, SUNWOLVES, HORIE! 15-8: Shigeno sets this try up and Shota Horie takes it over the try line, brilliant play from the visitors. The margin is brought down to 7.
The Kings concede a penalty, Willemse is offside of the ruck.
Both the tries so far have been scored by the hosts who hold a 12 point lead over the Japanese.
Fouche misses the conversion so the lead will remain at 12 points.
TRY, KINGS, JAER! 15-3: Shane Gates creates another opportunity with a brilliant pass and Malcolm Jaer runs through the Sunwolves defence and goes over the try line.
Sunwolves concede another penalty, Kakinaga collapsing the scrum.
The Kings have dominated the possession in the first 15 minutes, Sunwolves have not been able to create the chances they would have liked.
Kings lead by 7 points after scoring a try and getting the conversion right. Sunwolves will need to score next to get the upper hand in the game.
PENALTY, SUNWOLVES, PISI! 10-3: Willemse conceded the penalty for not rolling away and Tusi Pisi kicks it to get the first points for the Sunwolves.
PENALTY, KINGS, FOUCHE! 10-0: Fouche gets the penalty goal right and the Kings extend the lead to 10 points.
Sunwolves concede a penalty, Tim Bond is caught offside.
CONVERSION, KINGS, FOUCHE! 7-0: Fouche makes no mistake and adds the two points from the coversion to the score.
Visser cuts through the Japanese defence and makes some good ground for the Kings.
TRY, KINGS, SYKES! 5-0: The hosts score first as Sykes takes the ball over the try line to put Kings five points ahead.
The Kings getting their first touches on the ball as they look to settle into this game. Both teams are desperate for a win and today is their best opportunity.
First half begins.
Luzuko Vulindlu is out with a concussion and Siyanda Grey will take his place for the Kings. Jacques Engelbrecht is replaced with Aidon Davis who makes his first start this season at number eight.
Mark Hammett has made four changes to the Sunwolves, Liaki Moli is shifted from the back-row to scrum down on the blindside, Timonthy Bond replaces Moli at number 5. Leonardi is benched as Ed Quirk comes back at the number 8 position. Shinnosuke Kakinaga comes in for Takuma Asahara.
Rasta Rasivhenge is the referee, Cwengile Jadezweni and Rodney Bonaparte assisting him and the TMO is Christie du Preez
Both teams have lost all their games so far this year and have played four games each.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Kings and the Sunwolves from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
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