Kings register hard-earned win

2012-03-16 21:10

Port Elizabeth - The Eastern Province Kings scored a 40-23 win (halftime 20-15) over the Border Bulldogs despite playing most of the second half with only 14 men in their Vodacom Cup rugby match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

The victory was EP's second of the campaign in two weeks but was hard-earned after they lost flyhalf Shane Gates for a spear-tackle transgression seven minutes after the break

The expectation was that Eastern Province would be too good for their neighbours but Border's defence held firm for the first 30 minutes.

In fact, Border led 9-6 at the 30-minute mark thanks to two penalty kicks from flyhalf Ntabeni Dukisa and one from right wing Logan Basson. That was after the homeside was up 6-0 through 12 minutes following two penalties by their scrumhalf Falie Oelschig.

The Border defence evetually caved after continuous pressure from Eastern Province as hooker Hannes Franklin collected a loose ball to score untouched. Oelschig kicked the conversion to restore EP's lead at 13-9.

Dukisa narrowed the gap to 13-12 with another long-range penalty.

EP's second try was a well-worked effort from a lineout on the halfway line. Andile Witbooi came off his position at right wing to collect the ball and scythed his way through to Border's 22m before offloading to centre Scott van Breda, who completed the try. Oelschig converted before Dukisa landed another penalty on the stroke of halftime.

EP were dealt their hammer blow when Gates was red-carded for a disputed spear tackle on Dukisa. The Border flyhalf got up, dusted himself off and slotted the resultant penalty.

However, the Kings assumed control despite their deficit in numbers and Gates' replacement Justin van Staden kicked two penalties to see EP into a 26-18 lead.

That was increased when replacement scrumhalf Danie Fassen darted over for his team's third try which Van Staden converted.

Border did get a try back through Clinton Koen but EP fullback sealed the victory and the bonus point when he dotted down for the fourth try.


Eastern Province Kings

Tries: Hannes Franklin, Scott van Breda, Danie Fassen, Kieran Goss
Conversions: Falie Oelschig (2), Justin van Staden (2)
Penalties: Falie Oelschig (2), Justin van Staden (2).

Border Bulldogs

Tries: Clinton Koen
Penalties: Ntabeni Dukisa (5), Logan Basson.


  • Marius - 2012-03-16 21:55

    Very scrappy game, mainly due to an incompetent ref who does not even know how to position himself at line-outs and rucks, because he was always in the way of a ball carrier or the player had to pass the ball over the head of the ref to his team mate, because he was always in the way of a normal pass. His red card for Shane Gates was also very much an over reaction. It was even borderline between a yellow or just a penalty. He did not even consult any of the assistant referees, but went straight for the red. Probably took a leaf out of Mark Lawrence's book, who overruled his recommendation of a yellow only for Hougaard's tip tackle against the Cheetahs. Yes it is the same guy who was the assistant ref for that game, who was the ref tonight.Probably wants to impress SA referee boss, Andre Watson, that he can aso be decisive on the field, because that's the sort of thing that gets referees promoted.

  • Matt Prinsloo - 2012-03-16 22:24

    Keep in mind this was a young EP side playing. The youngsters did well. Lots of unnecessary mistakes though. The ref... Well, he didn't have a great night, but EP should still have played better. On the bright side, the youngsters scored 3 brilliant tries. And Van Staden who played his first game for EP proved himself well when he came on as replacement flyhalf.

      Marius - 2012-03-17 04:42

      @Matt. The point I tried to make is that the score could have been a lot higher for EP if the ref wasn't in the way of the players all the time, because although EP did most of the playing, they just couldn't get going with the ref obstructing runners around the fringes of the rucks and line-outs all the time. He was Border's best defender.

  • Simon Kluckow - 2012-03-17 03:07

    These muppets wouldn't even give the Rebels a hard time.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-17 06:51

    And these wannabees want a place in Super Rugby. What a joke

  • Ruan - 2012-03-18 19:45

    Yes Great!!

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