Port Elizabeth - Irish visiting
side, Munster, claimed a 31-20 win over the Southern Kings in a tough PRO14 Round 2 clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
After a closely
contested opening 40 minutes, the visitors went into the break with a 10-6 lead
following a try from fullback Mike Haley and points from the boot of flyhalf,
Catrakilis was once again accurate with the boot, claiming the points for the
home side in the first stanza.
The Kings started the second half with some firepower which resulted in
Stefan Ungerer scoring the home team’s first try of the afternoon after some
exciting play by the Kings.
From the 50th minute Munster showed some fighting spirit as they fought back to reclaim their
lead and they went on to score three more tries in the second half from
scrumhalf, Alby Mathewson, lock Fineen Wycherley and SA-born Arno Botha.
Springboks, Elrigh Cronje, added another try for the home side in the 78th minute, but time was not on the Kings’ side to forge a comeback.
Southern Kings felt let down by themselves despite some positive aspects of
their game on the day.
very well – which was always part of our plan, but we faded towards the end of
the game,” captain Lusanda Badiyana said after the game.
“We did the
same in the previous game, so that is something we have now spoken about and
something we need to work on. When we get that right, we can definitely topple
a lot of teams.
loss, there were a lot of things that went right. We had a good performance
with our setpieces being sharp and good attack. We had a few skills errors that
let us down and a few calls that didn’t go our way, but most things went well.”
The Southern Kings will next face Ulster in a PRO14 Round 3 clash at the
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, 12 October.
preparations for the Ulster game start tomorrow already,” said Badiyana
“We have this
one more game at home before we go on tour, so we are definitely out to get
that first win here at home. We just need to get that last 20 or so minutes
right, and we’ll get good results.”
- Southern Kings