Brave Kings draw in Canberra
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The Kings put in a spirited performance against the table-topping Brumbies, drawing their match thanks to a try in injury time in their Super Rugby clash in Canberra on Friday.
The match ended 28-28 after the Brumbies led 19-14 at half-time.VIDEO: Brumbies v Kings highlights
The Brumbies scored two tries through wings Henry Speight and Joe Tomane, while flyhalf Christian Lealiifano was successful with five penalties. Scrumhalf Nic White added a penalty as well.
The Kings replied with tries by prop Schalk Ferreira, flank Wimpie van der Walt and No 8 Cornell du Preez (2). George Whitehead, who was a last-minute replacement at flyhalf for Demetri Catrakilis, slotted three conversions, while Catrakilis himself added the game-tying two-pointer.
The Brumbies picked up two points for the draw and extended their lead atop the Australian Conference
and remained second on the Overall log
behind the defending champion Chiefs who enjoy a bye this weekend.
The Kings picked up three points for drawing and scoring four tries. However, they remained bottom of the South African Conference
, but jumped to 12th overall
In next weekend's Round 9 action, the Brumbies travel to Dunedin to face the Highlanders (Friday, April 12 at 09:35) while the Kings visit Melbourne where they will fancy their chances against the Rebels (Saturday, April 13 at 11:40).
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15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Pat McCabe,
11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Fotu Auelua, 7
George Smith, 6 Ben Mowen (captain), 5 Etienne Oosthuizen, 4 Peter
Kimlin, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Siliva Siliva, 1 Ben Alexander
Substitutes: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sam Carter, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Andrew Smith, 22 Zack HolmesKings:
Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Andries
Strauss (captain), 11 Ronnie Cooke, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Nicolas
Vergallo, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Devin Oosthuizen,
5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Grant Kemp, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Kevin Buys, 18
David Bulbring, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Marcello
Sampson, 22 Demetri Catrakilis