Cape Town - The Southern Kings suffered an 11th successive defeat in their maiden PRO14 season as they
slumped to a 37-7 loss against Edinburgh on Friday
In a hailstorm at Myreside tries from Grant Gilchrist, Blair
Kinghorn, Duhan van der Merwe, Cameron Fenton and Dougie Fife wrapped
up a bonus-point triumph for the hosts.
Ntabeni Dukisa got the Southern Kings on the board with a
late consolation try but Edinburgh’s impressive home record was never
really threatened - their only defeat as hosts this season remains when
Benetton Rugby were the visitors in round three.
Despite not having played a PRO14 game in more than a month,
the Kings showed no signs of ring rust as they started the stronger at
Myreside, setting up camp in the home 22.
However, they failed to turn territory into points as the
Edinburgh defence held firm on their own line and flyhalf Kurt Coleman
pulled a relatively straightforward tenth-minute penalty wide of the
As Edinburgh finally gained a foothold in the game, Jaco van
der Walt slotted a three-pointer midway through the first half and that
seemed to galvanise the hosts as they ran in two tries shortly after.
The first was slightly fortuitous as towering lock Gilchrist
charged down a box kick from Rudi van Rooyen in his own 22, hinted at a
previous life as a handy footballer by delicately tapping the ball
round the covering Coleman and fell on it over the line in the right
Van der Walt missed the tricky conversion but made no such
mistake two minutes later following a try started and finished by
The talented fullback making the initial electrifying break
before Chris Dean kicked through the onrushing Kings defence, allowing
Kinghorn to race away and drop on the ball in the in-goal area.
The 15-0 half-time advantage became 18-0 early in the second
period as van der Walt added another penalty before the Kings were
ironically undone by a South African connection on 58 minutes.
Van der Walt lobbed a pass wide to his compatriot van der
Merwe who touched down in the corner to put the result beyond any doubt
It took 71 minutes for Edinburgh to secure the four-try
bonus point and it came from an inexorable driving maul right up the
middle of the field, which Fenton guided over the line for the score.
Shortly after, a dinked kick into the corner was not handled
by Edinburgh defence and Dukisa opportunistically dotted down for a
Kings' consolation but the Scots would have the last laugh in similar
circumstances right on full-time.
Van der Walt grubber kicked through and although Masixole
Banda looked perfectly placed to deal with the danger, he missed the
ball when trying to dive on it allowing Fife to gleefully touch down for
Edinburgh’s fifth and final try.