EP Kings remain undefeated

2010-08-29 16:37

Johannesburg - The Eastern Province Kings are still the only undefeated side in this season's Currie Cup First Division after they secured a convincing 49-6 victory over the Border Bulldogs in their match played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday.

It was the Port Elizabeth side's sixth consecutive victory of the 2010 competition as they maintained their status at the top of the First Division log after six games. The EP Kings are currently on 28 log points and are eight clear of the second-placed SWD Eagles (20) who has a game in hand.

The Border Bulldogs who suffered their fourth defeat in this season's competition are in fourth position on the log with 11 points.

EP Kings flank Jacques Potgieter scored a brace of tries as his team ran in six tries against their Eastern Cape opponents. Paul Perez, Gerrie Odendaal, Milo Nqoro and former Blue Bulls fullback Tiger Mangweni added the other five-pointers for the hosts.

Jaco van Schalkwyk kicked four conversions and three penalties while former SA Sevens captain Mzwandile Stick converted one try. The Border Bulldogs' points were scored as a result of two penalty kicks by Logan Basson.

Basson (54) is in third position in the First Division's leading points' scorers standings. He is however six points behind the SWD Eagles' Ambrose Barends (60), who is currently in first place and one point behind the Griffons' Johann Myburgh who is in second position on 55. Myburgh added six conversions and one penalty for the Griffons as his side secured their third victory during their 69-30 win over the Valke at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park.

Fourteen tries were scored in this match that yielded 99 points as a result of both teams playing some open, running rugby.

The Griffons added 10 tries with former Free State Cheetahs player JW Jonker scoring a hat-trick. The visitors' other tries were scored by Werner Griesel (2), Eddie Fredericks, Hendrik van der Nest, Kevin Stevens, Thabang Molefe and Enrico Schultz. Barry Goodes also kicked two conversions.

Jonker, who previously represented the SA Sevens during the 2009/ 2010 IRB Sevens World Series, is the leading try-scorer with six tries.

Kyle Hendricks (2), Jaco Snyman and Shone van der Walt added tries for the Valke while Martin Thomsen kicked two conversions. Valke prop Jacques George also notched up two penalty kicks for the hosts.

Currie Cup First Division results and scorers:

Eastern Province 49 - Tries: Jacques Potgieter (2), Paul Perez, Gerrie Odendaal, Milo Nqoro, Tiger Mangweni; Conversions: Jaco van Schalkwyk (4), Mzwandile Stick; Penalties: Van Schalkwyk (3).
Border Bulldogs 6 -Penalties: Logan Basson (2).

Valke 30 - Tries: Kyle Hendricks (2), Jaco Snyman, Shone van der Walt; Conversions: Martin Thomsen (2); Penalties: Jacques George (2). Griffons 69 - Tries: JW Jonker (3), Werner Griesel (2), Eddie Fredericks, Hendrik van der Nest, Kevin Stevens, Thabang Molefe, Enrico Schultz; Conversions: Johann Myburgh (6), Barry Goodes (2); Penalties: Myburgh (1).


  • The Voice of Reason - 2010-08-29 20:34

    EP look like this could be their season. Hopefully they win promotion this season.

  • In Bulle se plek! - 2010-08-30 00:24

    BRING BACK LUKE! Die Kings kan van 2012 af die Bulle vervang in die S14 kompetisie aangesien hul nou WEER n 7 jaar droogtetyd begin binnegaan.Teen die Pumas verloor...OMG! Met Band-aid poppie Matfield wat retire einde 2011, vuilgat Bakkies wat Frankryk-toe gaan om dik ged@nner te word,Bees agter tralies,du Preez wat die Japenesies gaan boelie,Spies wie se steriod spiertjies nie meer lank sal hou,Morne Steyn wat waai is daar nie veel oor by die Bulle nie!Kom EP kry manne soos Dewald Potgieter,Luke Watson,Kritzinger,Simon Westraad,Kockott,Kankowski om n paar te noem terug in PE.Wat n great lostrio met Luke,Potgieter en Kankowski sal dit nie wees nie!

  • Craig - 2010-08-30 09:04

    In Bulle se plek! Completely agree. Let`s see EP regain premier division status and bring back some of their lost sons. They have been awesome this season and have played in front of huge crowds (relatively speaking) at the new stadium. People can say what they want about Cheeky Watson, but he has done wonders for this union. A far cry from where we were under previous administrations. Wouldn`t a strong, traditional EP-WP clash in the Currie Cup be some much more interesting than a Leopards-WP match?

  • Wire Jack - 2010-08-30 09:21

    EP is to be promoted this season.

  • Mat Caldecott - 2010-08-30 10:02

    How awesome would it be to see EP in the currie cup after all this time..Its amazing what a World Cup stadium and a new name can do for a team! 'Kings' is so much better than 'elephants anyway! COME ON

  • who..?? - 2010-08-30 15:01

    ....and they are playing against who..??

  • bjckings - 2010-09-01 13:35

    MAN!!!! I'm holding thumbs for the EP!!!!!!!! COME ON BOYS!!!!!

  • Wayne - 2010-09-03 05:00

    2 al old EP suporters i urge u folks 2 cum suport our guys,fil up tht stadium.Jst imagne,wp,sharks,bulls etc cum nd play against EP on a ful stadium.We neva had it so nws the ideal time,bt it cn only b done by U.

  • interested fan - 2010-09-10 20:18

    does anyone know how i can watch the kings on the internet.i am in the uk

  • RONALD RUDMAN - 2010-10-15 21:04

    WOW!!!! Ons het dit gedoen!!!! Puik jaar.Nou sal die OPRVU sien hoe trek ons in die duisende op om die EP KINGS te ondersteun.Welgedaan,en baie dankie aan die puik gehalte spelers en bestuur.Gooi rooi Jaques!!!!

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