Christchurch - South African newboys Southern Kings
were given a harsh lesson in the realities of life on the road in Super
Rugby when they were hammered 55-20 by the Canterbury Crusaders in a
Christchurch rout on Saturday.
The seven-times champion Crusaders
had a point to prove after losing two of their first three matches this
season and ran in seven tries to humble the Kings, who were playing
their first match in the competition outside South Africa.
flank George Whitelock grabbed a hat-trick and his younger brother
Luke also scored with the other tries coming from prop Wyatt Crockett,
scrumhalf Willi Heinz and loose forward Matt Todd.
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forced to send two non-South African players home during the week, never
gave up and scored a pushover try on the stroke of halftime through
flanker Wimpie van der Walt and another at the end of the match through
Crusaders flyhalf Dan Carter further inflated
the score with five conversions and two penalties in a flawless display
of place-kicking before being replaced 10 minutes after halftime by
Tyler Bleyendaal, who added two conversions of his own.
"We were excellent in the first half," Crusaders skipper Kieran Read said in a touchline interview.
"They are a side that doesn't give up, defence is their speciality and they kept on fighting."
flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis had the temerity to open the scoring with
the first of his two penalties after two minutes but George Whitelock
grabbed his first try soon afterwards.
The home side were 31-13 up
at half-time and the Kings would have been happy with a defensive effort
that kept the Crusaders to just three tries after the break.
Whitehead capped an impressive performance with the best try of the
game a minute from full time, starting and finishing a flowing move that
started deep in his own half.
"We didn't think it was going to be
easy down here," said Kings skipper Schalk Ferreira. "No excuses, we
knew they were a class outfit. I think we came out swinging. We'll keep
on fighting and there were a few positive points there tonight."
wing Zac Guildford returned from his voluntary absence from the game
to deal with his alcohol problems earlier than expected, stepping up
from the bench after his fellow All Black Israel Dagg was ruled out with
15 Israel Dagg. 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean,
12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Willi Heinz, 8
Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Samuel
Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano , 3 Owen Franks 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett
16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20
Andy Ellis, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Zac GuildfordKings:
15. George Whitehead, 14. Sergeal Petersen, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Hadleigh Parkes, 11. Marcello Sampson, 10. Demetri
Catrakilis, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der
Walt, 6. Cornell du Preez, 5. David Bulbring, 4. Daniel Adongo, 3. Kevin
Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira (captain)
Edgar Marutlulle, 17. Jaco Engels, 18. Rynier Bernardo, 19. Devin
Oosthuizen, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. Waylon Murray, 22. Elric van