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EP Kings knocked out of Super Sport Rugby Challenge in Kimberley

BY MARC JACOBSON - JULY 3, 2017
EP Kings knocked out of Super Sport Rugby Challenge in Kimberley

The Eastern Province Kings were bundled out of the Super Sport Rugby Challenge quarter-finals, when they slumped 73-41 to the Griquas at Tafel Lager Park in Kimberley on Saturday.

In a 17-try scoring fest, the Kings were on the receiving end of a massacring, with the second half pulling wayward of the Eastern Cape side, as the Griquas heeded six tries in that second stanza.

After EP lead 24-12 in the 26th minute, the visitors looked as though they could pull off a major upset on the reputably intimidating Highveld Kimberley ground, but the Griquas managed to strike back with three converted tries, converted by former King himself, George Whitehead, to take the scores to 33-24 at the break.

Griquas wing, Enver Brandt was at the pinnacle of the home side’s onslaught when he scored two tries within the first 10 minutes of the second half and his fourth of the match.

Immediately that took the scores to 47-24, and suddenly the Kings knew their weighted uphill climb that awaited them.

The Kings however, displayed fighting spirit when they hit back with two unconverted tries by replacement SF Niewoudt and fullback Keanu Vers.

This was too no avail, as the home side accelerated the stretch with four more tries, before EP scored a consolation try by left wing, Sonwabo Majola, to soften up the rout.

With the Griquas outscoring EP six tries to three in the second half, they scored a total 11 tries to six for the match.

Scorers:

Griquas – Tries: Ederies Arendse, Enver Brandt (4), AJ le Roux, Eric Zana, Christiaan Meyer, Marius Fourie, Sias Koen, Kock Marx; Conversions: George Whitehead (9).

EP – Tries: Sintu Manjezi, Brandon Brown, Lusanda Badiyana, Sonwabo Majola, Keanu Vers, SF Niewoudt; Conversions: Pieter-Steyn De Wet (3), Garrick Mattheus; Penalties: Pieter-Steyn De Wet.

In the other quarter-finals, Western Province kept their unbeaten run with a whitewashing 26-0 win over the Free State Cheetahs in Greenpoint, while the Blue Bulls overcame a valiant Sharks outfit 23-18 in the curtain-raiser.

The Golden Lions bettered the Pumas 43-32 at Ellis Park in the curtain-raiser to the Lions 94-7 romping of the Sunwolves in their Super Rugby encounter.

In back-to-back clashes, the Golden Lions are set to face the Griquas and WP to face the Blue Bulls at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in the semi-finals on Saturday.