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As it happened: Waratahs 24-26 Kings

2017-04-21 13:49
Last Updated at 11:38
21 Apr 13:48

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The Kings, playing with their Super Rugby future under of a cloud of uncertainty, picked up four points for their victory, but remained bottom of the African Conference 2.

The Waratahs, whose form in 2017 has plummeted to new lows, left with a single point for losing by seven or fewer points, but remained fourth in the Australian Conference with a meagre nine points from as many matches.

In next weekend's Round 10 action, the Waratahs travel to Brisbane to face the Reds (Saturday, April 29 at 11:45), while the Kings welcome the Rebels to Port Elizabeth later in the day (19:30).

21 Apr 13:48
21 Apr 13:44

A great way for the Kings to end their overseas tour! They thoroughly deserved their win.

The Kings scrum was dominant, while flank Chris Cloete was immense!

21 Apr 13:43
FULL-TIME: Waratahs 24-26 Southern Kings
21 Apr 13:43
83' - CONVERSION slotted by Foley but it's too little too late.
21 Apr 13:42

82'- TRY to the Waratahs as big winger Taqele Naiyaravoro goes over in the corner for his second try to earn the hosts a losing bonus point.

21 Apr 13:39
81'- One final attacking surge by the home side...
21 Apr 13:39
79'- Error after error from the Waratahs sees their captain Michael Hooper throw the ball away in disgust...
21 Apr 13:37

78'- The hapless Waratahs have a scrum just inside Kings territory.

But the game is over, the 'Tahs are done...

21 Apr 13:34
77'- According to the new rules, no conversion is needed for a penalty try.
21 Apr 13:34

76'- PENALTY TRY to the Kings after another dominant scrum!

Waratahs 17-26 Kings

21 Apr 13:32

75'- A massive Kings scrum sees them win another penalty in that department. It's there where they have laid the foundation for this fightback!

They opt to scrum again.

21 Apr 13:31
73'- Cronje's penalty attempt hits the posts. But it's a great kick-chase by the Kings to put pressure on the Waratahs and earn a five-metre scrum!
21 Apr 13:30

72'- Kickable penalty won on the ground by the Kings and this time Cronje will line up a shot at goal.

It's about 35m out, in the middle of the park...

21 Apr 13:29


Waratahs 11

Kings 10

21 Apr 13:28
70'- Nope, they can't as the Kings are awarded another scrum.
21 Apr 13:27
70'- Waratahs on the attack in the red zone. But I'm no sure they can't hold onto the ball...
21 Apr 13:26

68'- Cronje slots the CONVERSION to put the Kings into the lead for the first time in the game.

Waratahs 17-19 Kings

21 Apr 13:25
67'- TRY to the Kings as hooker Michael Willemse barges over after a dominating lineout drive!
21 Apr 13:25
66'- Kings subs: Dayan van der Westhuizen on at prop for Justin Forwood and Stokkies Hanekom on at centre for Luzuko Vulindlu.
21 Apr 13:23
66'- The Kings can't force their way through but they have a penalty, with Cronje setting up another five-metre lineout...
21 Apr 13:22

64'- Another 'Tahs knock on and subsequent Kings penalty sees the men from Port Elizabeth set up a lineout in the red zone.

The Kings might actually win this...

21 Apr 13:21
63'- The Kings are now back to their full complement with Cloete back from the sin-bin. No points were scored in his absence.
21 Apr 13:20
62'- A massive Waratahs scrum sees them win a penalty and exit their own half.
21 Apr 13:18


Waratahs 52%

Kings 48%

21 Apr 13:18
60'- Kings sub: Schalk van der Merwe on at prop for Ross Geldenhuys.
21 Apr 13:17

59'- Moments later there's another knock-on - this time from the Waratahs.

It hands the Kings a scrum just outside the red zone...

21 Apr 13:15


Waratahs 9

Kings 9

21 Apr 13:15

58'- But yet another knock-on scuppers another decent attacking opportunity.

Kings No 8 Anidisa Ntsila the culprit this time...

21 Apr 13:14
57'- The next scrum is even better for the Kings as they win a penalty. Cronje sets up a lineout close to the Waratahs' 22m area...
21 Apr 13:12
55'- A scrum free kick for the Kings allows them to exit their own 22m area...
21 Apr 13:10

53'- The Waratahs win a penalty in front but Foley opts for a quick tap. Then, moments later the hosts knock on.

They should have opted for goal there...

21 Apr 13:08

52'- YELLOW CARD for Chris Cloete for a high tackle.

He can have no complaints. This could be a game changer...

21 Apr 13:07


Kings flank Chris Cloete may be in trouble for a potential high tackle.

21 Apr 13:06
50'- Some relief for the Waratahs as the Kings lose their lineout five metres out...
21 Apr 13:04
50'- The Kings win another penalty in the red zone and again they opt for an attacking lineout. The home side is looking a little rattled here...
21 Apr 13:03


Waratahs 315m

Kings 244m

21 Apr 13:01
47'- Dean Mumm has replaced Will Skelton at lock for the Waratahs.
21 Apr 13:01

47' - Cronje misses with the tough conversion attempt.

Waratahs 17-12 Kings

21 Apr 13:00
Fullback Masixole Banda scores in the corner after relentless pressure from the Kings.
21 Apr 12:59
45'- TRY to the Kings!
21 Apr 12:58
43'- Waratahs reserve hooker Hugh Roach is pinged on the ground. It's an easy penalty attempt but the Kings opt for an attacking lineout instead...
  • 80'

    TRY, WARATAHS, NAIYARAVORO! 22-26: The home team manage a consolation try after the hooter sounds. This will give them a bonus point but they will be bitterly disappointed not to get the victory.

  • 80'

    CONVERSION, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 24-26: The Australian flyhalf converts.

  • 80'

    FULL TIME: WARATAHS 24-26 KINGS: Referee Rohan Hoffman blows the final whistle, and the Southern kings record an away victory courtesy of an amazing second half comeback. The side from Sydney will be regretting a series of both handling and defensive errors. The visitors showed fantastic grit and determination, coming back from a ten point deficit at half time to record their second victory of the campaign.

  • 80'


  • 78'

    Just two minutes of play remaining, and despite The Waratahs possession, surely it is too late.

  • 76'

    PENALTY TRY, KINGS! 17-26: A collection of incorrect binding errors results in the referee awarding The Kings a penalty try! Surely they can hold on now to clock a memorable victory in Sydney.

  • 74'

    The long kick by Cronje hits the post, and the ball bounces back into play. The Kings press forward hard and we have a scrum five metres out.

  • 73'

    The Kings are awarded a penalty as their opponents fail to release. Cronje will attempt to kick for three points here.

  • 71'

    The Waratahs press forward in an attempt to regain their lead, however the ball is once again turned over and The Kings are able to regroup.

  • 69'

    CONVERSION, KINGS, CRONJE! 17-19: The visitors are ahead for the first time in this game. They've managed to claw back from 17 points down and have a great chance to cause an upset here!

  • 67'

    TRY, KINGS, WILLEMSE! 17-17: The pressure finally tells and we are back on level terms. The Kings drove the ball forward from the lineout and their hooker managed to break away and touch down!

  • 67'

    TRY, KINGS, WILLEMSE! 17-17: The pressure finally tells and we are back on level terms. The Kings drove the ball forward from the lineout and their hooker managed to break away and touch down!

  • 67'

    TRY, KINGS, WILLEMSE! 17-17: The pressure finally tells and we are back on level terms. The Kings drove the ball forward from the lineout and their hooker managed to break away and touch down!

  • 67'

    TRY, KINGS, WILLEMSE! 17-17: The pressure finally tells and we are back on level terms. The Kings drove the ball forward from the lineout and their hooker managed to break away and touch down!

  • 67'

    TRY, KINGS, WILLEMSE! 17-17: The pressure finally tells and we are back on level terms. The Kings drove the ball forward from the lineout and their hooker managed to break away and touch down!

  • 67'

    TRY, KINGS, WILLEMSE! 17-17: The pressure finally tells and we are back on level terms. The Kings drove the ball forward from the lineout and their hooker managed to break away and touch down!

  • 67'

    TRY, KINGS, WILLEMSE! 17-17: The pressure finally tells and we are back on level terms. The Kings drove the ball forward from the lineout and their hooker managed to break away and touch down!

  • 66'

    The Kings gather the ball and drive aggressively towards the line. Play is called back for a penalty and the away team will have a lineout five metres from The Waratahs' line.

  • 64'

    The Kings' front row collapses and they concede a penalty. The Waratahs have a chance to gain territory but the ball is turned over courtesy of another handling error. The visitors are now back to 15 men, can they score to get back on level terms?

  • 61'

    Just two minutes before Cloete is able to come back on. The Kings have a scrum just inside their opponents' half.

  • 59'

    The visitors look to spread the ball wide but the ball is knocked on by Ntsila. If the Kings can hang on during their 14 man spell they will be extremely pleased.

  • 57'

    The home team are unable to convert their possession into points, and The Kings manage to clear the ball up the field. We have a scrum on halfway, Kings' put in.

  • 55'

    The Waratahs can capitalise on their numerical advantage, and they press forward with possession ten metres from their opponents' line.

  • 53'

    Cloete hits his opponent with a colossal tackle, and we are upstairs with the TMO as it is thought to be too high.

  • 53'

    The Kings' number six is sent to the bin after an aggressive tackle round the neck. That could be a crucial blow for the South African side.

  • 52'

    Fortunately for the home side, the ball is overturned and The Waratahs can regroup.

  • 51'

    The home team join the maul incorrectly, and give away yet another penalty. If The Kings can score a try here, they''ll manage to draw level.

  • 49'

    The Waratahs need to reestablish their stronghold on this match. They attempt to do so by maintaining possession on halfway, but give away a penalty. The Kings kick for touch and have a lineout on the Waratahs'' 22.

  • 46'

    TRY, KINGS, BANDA! 17-12: The visitors strike first in the second half! They've been building pressure ever since the restart, and manage to transfer it into a score in the left hand corner. Cronje misses the conversion, but they are right back in it.

  • 45'

    The Kings win a penalty for the tackler not releasing, and Cronje kicks for touch. They win the lineout and drive for the line.

  • 43'

    The Waratahs are back to 15 men, with their flanker Hanigan back on the field.

  • 42'

    The Kings spread the ball wide and almost manage to break through. They would have scored if it hadn't been for a try saving tackle by Folau.

  • 40'

    They manage to get the ball down, and we are currently upstairs with the TMO to see whether there has been a knock on...

  • 40'

    The conclusion is no try, as there has been an accidental offside by The Kings. Very unfortunate for the visitors, as they could have got themselves right back in it there. We have a scrum five metres from the line.

  • 40'

    A penalty is awarded to The Waratahs and they kick the ball out to end this dramatic first half.

  • 40'


  • 40'

    HALF TIME: WARATAHS 17-7 KINGS: The players head to the dressing rooms and despite late first half pressure by The Kings, the home side still lead by ten. It has been a relatively scrappy affair but despite a slow start, the latter part of the period really sparked to life. The Australian team lead three tries to one, but The Kings will be frustrated with a few missed opporunities. If things had gone slightly differently, they could almost have been on level terms.

  • 40'

    We're back underway. The Kings will be looking for an early score to really pile the pressure on the home side.

  • 40'

    We're back underway. The Kings will be looking for an early score to really pile the pressure on the home side.

  • 39'

    The Kings come forward again, can they get another try before halftime?

  • 37'

    CONVERSION, KINGS, CRONJE! 17-7: The captain converts to add two more points for The Kings. Just as we thought they were down and out, the away side have managed to get right back in this game just before the break.

  • 35'

    TRY, KINGS, FORWOOD! 17-5: The South African team hit straight back! They kept possession straight from the kick off, driving forward and finding a gap in the Waratahs' defence.

  • 33'

    TRY, WARATAHS, CLARK! 17-0: Unbelievable! The Kings continued to build pressure and just as it looked like they would go over the line, a steal by Foley allowed him to offload to Clark. The winger ran the whole length of the pitch to touch down, very similar to the previous try. The conversion is missed, but there''s surely no way back for The Kings now.

  • 32'

    Hanigan has been binned for the Waratahs after kicking the ball out of the ruck!

  • 31'

    They are patiently building the phases and are awarded another penalty.

  • 30'

    The Kings win their lineout and drive towards the line. They have a penalty five metres out and opt for the scrum.

  • 27'

    A scrum on the ten metre line results in another collapse by the Waratahs. The Kings deliver an almighty kick to move up the field.

  • 25'

    CONVERSION, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 12-0: The Aussie flyhalf slots an easy kick to give the home side a substantial lead.

  • 24'

    TRY, WARATAHS, HORNE! 10-0: A brilliant try from the Australian team! They managed to turn the ball over inside their own 22 and Folau broke away. He ran nearly the whole length of the pitch, eventually offloading to the eventual scorer Horne.

  • 23'

    The Kings have possession just inside The Waratahs' half, and are moving through the phases well. They move inside the 22 but then the ball is turned over and the home side break up the field.

  • 21'

    The Kings need to weather the storm here, and if they can convert their opportunities, they may still be able to head into halftime well in this game.

  • 20'

    The Waratahs press again, and break away to move within just five metres of the line. Thankfully for the away team, the ball is turned over and the danger is cleared.

  • 18'

    Cronje misses the kick from 30 metres out, and The Kings will really rue that opportunity.

  • 17'

    The Kings have dominated possession since the restart, and have been awarded a penalty where they can bounce straight back here.

  • 13'

    TRY, WARATAHS, NAIYARAVORO! 5-0: A cross field kick by Foley is collected by Naiyaravoro who manages to get the ball down in the corner. The pressure finally tells and the home side convert. However, the tight angle doesn''t allow for them to add the extra two.

  • 12'

    The ball is stolen by The Kings but they knock the ball on in an attempt to clear. The Waratahs have a scrum, once again five metres out.

  • 11'

    The Waratahs have a lineout five metres from the line. Can they convert this into a score?

  • 9'

    Again Foley kicks for touch, but the lineout is turned over by The Kings.

  • 8'

    The Waratahs possession based pressure tells and they are awarded another penalty. They can make this count here.

  • 5'

    However, they are caught offside at the ruck and Foley opts to kick for touch.

  • 4'

    The Kings are awarded a penalty as the first scrum of the match is collapsed by The Waratahs. The South African side have possession on halfway.

  • 2'

    The Waratahs are looking for their first win against a South African side in this Super Rugby campaign.

  • 2'

    The Kings work through the phases but give away a penalty for not releasing the ball. The Waratahs kick for touch and now have possession just inside the opposition's half.

  • 1'

    Referee Rohan Hoffman blows the whistle and the away side get us underway.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of The Waratahs vs The Kings at The Allianz Stadium in Sydney. After seven rounds of matches, the 2014 champions are yet to hit their straps and they are currently second from bottom on the Australian Conference table with just two victories. The Kings are at the bottom of the Africa 2 Conference standings and are currently on a five-match losing streak of which two were suffered recently against the Western Force and Reds on their Australian tour. Despite a shaky start to their campaign, the Waratahs will be quietly confident ahead of this clash.

  • 0'

    WARATAHS: Rob Horne has recovered from injury and has been included in the Waratahs? starting line-up. Horne has been picked at outside centre while Israel Folau moves to full-back. Moving into the starting line up at lock is David McDuling, while Dean Mumm moves to the bench. Angus Ta?avao will also make his return, after being sidelined for six months when he broke his leg during the NRC Semi-Final.

  • 0'

    KINGS: Head coach Deon Davids has made four changes, including a positional switch, to his starting XV. There is one change in the back-line, which started in last weekend?s loss against the Reds in Brisbane, with Wandile Mjekevu taking over from Yaw Penxe on the right wing. In the forwards, Andisa Ntsila replaces Ruaan Lerm at number eight while Irne Herbst takes over from Mzwanele Zito in the second row.

  • 0'

    The conditions are clear, a fantastic evening for Rugby in Sydney. We're nearly ready to go!

  • 0'

    In commemoration of ANZAC day, we have a short ceremony to remember those who have given their commitment to the forces of Australia and New Zealand.

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Waratahs Kings
  • 4 Tries 4
    • 12' Taqele Naiyaravoro
    • 23' Rob Horne
    • 33' Cameron Clark
    • 80' Taqele Naiyaravoro
    • 35' Justin Forwood
    • 45' Masixole Banda
    • 66' Michael Willemse
    • 76' Penalty Try
  • 2 Conversions 2
    • 24' Bernard Foley
    • 80' Bernard Foley
    • 36' Lionel Cronje
    • 67' Lionel Cronje
  • 0 Penalties 0
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 1
    • 32' Ned Hanigan
    • 52' Chris Cloete
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Paddy Ryan
  • Silatolu Latu
  • Tom Robertson
  • David McDuling
  • Will Skelton
  • Ned Hanigan
  • Michael Hooper
  • Michael Wells
  • Jake Gordon
  • Bernard Foley
  • Cameron Clark
  • David Horwitz
  • Rob Horne
  • Taqele Naiyaravoro
  • Israel Folau
  • 1
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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Justin Forwood
  • Michael Willemse
  • Ross Geldenhuys
  • Irne Herbst
  • Wilhelm van der Sluys
  • Chris Cloete
  • Tyler Paul
  • Anidisa Ntsila
  • Louis Schreuder
  • Lionel Cronje
  • Makazole Mapimpi
  • Luzuko Vulindlu
  • Berton Klaasen
  • Wandie Mjekevu
  • Masixole Banda
  • Hugh Roach
  • Angus Taavao-Matau
  • Dave Lolohea
  • Dean Mumm
  • Jed Holloway
  • Nick Phipps
  • Bryce Hegarty
  • Harry Jones
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Kurt Haupt
  • Schalk van der Merwe
  • Dayan van der Westhuizen
  • Mzwanele Zito
  • Martin Bezuidenhout
  • Johan Steyn
  • Stokkies Hanekom
  • Pieter-Steyn de Wet

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