LIVE

    Kings start season on a positive note

    2017-02-05 11:08

    Cape Town - The Southern Kings secured a confidence-boosting 28-10 victory against the Border Bulldogs in the first of their pre-season friendly matches at Buffalo City Stadium on Saturday.

    After an intense full pre-season training programme, Southern Kings coach Deon Davids and his coaching staff had an opportunity, for the first time, to assess how the players would fare in a match situation ahead of the start of the Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.

    The squad responded with a comfortable 28-10 win against the fellow Eastern Capers, on the back of a successful team camp that was held in Port Alfred in the week leading up to the match.

    The Southern Kings began the match at a high tempo and were rewarded with the opening try as early as the fourth minute when speedy winger Malcolm Jaer blitzed over to dot down the first five-pointer.

    Flyhalf Ntabeni Dukisa converted.

    No further points were scored in the first half as the teams went into the break with the Southern Kings ahead 7-0.

    On their return to the field, Border Bulldogs fielded 15 fresh legs who began the second half at an accelerated pace. The home team scored their first try of the match in the 42nd minute when No8 Lukhanyo Siyobi barged over for an unconverted try.

    The Southern Kings were dealt a double blow with back-to-back yellow cards, within a minute of each other, to loose-forwards Andisa Ntsila and Onke Dubase.

    The side from Nelson Mandela Bay were not deflated as they went on to score two tries through scrumhalf Johan Steyn and winger Makazole Mapimpi. The tries were converted by substitute No10 Garrick Mattheus.

    Border Bulldogs attempted a comeback when fullback Sonwabise Mqalo replied with the East London side’s second unconverted try of the game.

    The Southern Kings ensured certain victory when prop Ross Geldenhuys dotted down for the final try of the game. Mattheus converted his third of the evening to leave the final score at 28-10.

    “It was a hard week for us. The boys worked really hard during our camp leading into this game,” Southern Kings coach Deon Davids reflected.

    “It was a really good game and good test for us. Border really did a lot of good things. We did start a bit scrappy, making unforced errors. We had a lot of opportunities in the opposition’s half that we did not finish. We just need to be a bit more patient and look after the ball.”

    Captain for the game, Martin Bezuidenhout, added: “There were guys coming back from injuries and young guys coming through, we tried different combinations; so here and there we did not finish well, but we will fix that in the next three to four weeks before our first Vodacom Super Rugby game.”

    The Southern Kings next face the SWD Eagles in the last of their pre-season friendlies at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, February 11.

    Kickoff is at17h15.

    They will begin their Vodacom Super Rugby campaign with a clash against Jaguares at home at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on February 25.

     

    Read More On:  super rugby deon davids rugby

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Fixtures

    Friday, 20 April 2018
    • Blues v Highlanders, Eden Park 09:35
    • Waratahs v Lions, Allianz Stadium 11:45
    Saturday, 21 April 2018
    • Crusaders v Sunwolves, AMI Stadium 09:35
    • Reds v Chiefs, Suncorp Stadium 11:45
    • Bulls v Rebels, Loftus Versfeld 15:05
    • Sharks v Stormers, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:15
    Sunday, 22 April 2018
    • Brumbies v Jaguares, GIO Stadium 08:05

    Results

    14 April 2018
    13 April 2018
    07 April 2018
    06 April 2018
    01 April 2018
    31 March 2018
    30 March 2018
    24 March 2018
    23 March 2018
    18 March 2018
    17 March 2018
    16 March 2018
    10 March 2018
    09 March 2018
    03 March 2018
    02 March 2018
    24 February 2018
    23 February 2018
    17 February 2018

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Who will finish top of the SA Conference in this year's Super Rugby tournament?

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.