The Kings unconvincing victors against SWD


After trailing 13-12 at half-time, the Southern Kings narrowly scraped past the SWD Eagles for a 22-16 victory at Outeniqua Park in George on Friday night.

The Kings scored the first try of the game when winger, Michael Makashe, crossed over the line for an unconverted try to take the visitors to a 5-3 lead.

Several minutes later, the Kings were awarded an easily-converted penalty try to extend their lead to 12-3. The Eagles failed to slump before half-time as they slotted through another penalty and scored their first and only try of the match by their eighth man, Christo du Plessis, to take the Eagles 13-12 in front at the break.

The second-half saw only one try scored from newly recruited Kings and former Bulls fullback, Jurgen Visser, to regain their lead to 19-13. The Eagles were relishing to claw their way back, as they pocketed another three-point penalty, taking the score to just 19-16 in favour of the Kings.

A late penalty from replacement Kings fly half, Theunis Kotze, sealed the 6-point victory for the Kings. The Kings scored three tries to the SWD Eagles’ solo first half try in the overall match try-tally.

Almost two weeks ago, the Stormers also played a corresponding warm-up friendly against the impudent SWD Eagles side and had won 40-15.

The Kings now play a warm-up friendly against the Cheetahs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium next week Saturday, before they kick-off their Super Rugby campaign on the 27th February against the Sharks also at their home ground.