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Province deny Kings opening Currie Cup glory


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Currie Cup, EP Kings, Original Content, WP on 11 Aug 2014 at 07:31
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Perfect weather conditions set the scene for running rugby when the EP Kings faced Western Province at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday night, but little did anyone expect the Kings to take a 1 point lead into the half time break. Province added three tries to their one first half try to beat the Kings 35 – 16.

Province opened the scoring with Juan de Jongh as he sliced through the Kings defense after just two minutes of play, but the try was disallowed due to a forward pass. Province, however did score the first points after replacement wing Pat Howard, crossed the line six minutes after de Jongh’s try was disallowed. Demetri Catrakilis added the extra two as Province led 7 – 0 after just eight minutes of play.

The Kings enjoyed a good passage of play which led to their first points, through a Scott van Breda penalty as Kings trailed 7 – 3 after 14 minutes.

The Kings were building a good period of momentum as they started playing most of their rugby in Province’s 22. Pressure was building as the Kings kept good driving ball. Province lock, Manuel Carizza slowed the ball down under their posts, which led to match referee Jaco Peyper reaching in his pocket for a yellow card.

The Kings capitalised with van Breda adding the three points from the penalty, trailing by one point, 6 – 7 after 18 minutes.

Province took a four point lead halfway through the first half as Catrakilis added another penalty kick, just before Pat Cilliers got his teams second yellow card as Province again spoiled good Kings momentum.

The Kings had an opportunity to score their first try after a good break, but flanker Thembelani Bholi was held up as he went over the try line. A few minutes later Kings captain, Luke Watson crossed the line after a well executed lineout drive resulted in his teams first try. Van Breda was unable to add the extras as the Kings took an 11 – 10 lead with five minutes to half time.

Nizaam Carr crossed the line shortly after the halftime break and with Catrakilis adding the extras and another penalty shortly there after Province took a 20 – 11 lead with almost three quarters of the game gone.

Province was starting to take control of the game, as they kept possession and the game started to open up a bit. A crucial error from Kings flyhalf Gary van Aswegen led to another Province try, as he tried to run the ball inside of his own 22. The ball was lost in the tackle and an easy run in for Province center Michael van der Spuy as he dotted down under the poles. Province took a comfortable 27 – 11 lead.

Catrakilis added another penalty as the Kings’ discipline started to led them down, the 3 points allowed Province to stretch their lead to 30 – 11.

The Kings scored a late try through replacement scrumhalf Kevin Luiters, van Breda missed the touch line conversion. Kings trailing 16 – 30 with 10 minutes to go.

Province scored their bonus point try after the final whistle as the Kings tried to run from their own 22 rather then kicking into touch. Cheslin Kolbe crossed the line after Province played a quick penalty, replacement flyhalf Robert du Preez failed to add the extra two as the game ended 35 – 16.

Scorers

EP Kings (16): Tries – Luke Watson, Kevin Luiters
Penalties – van Breda (2)

Western Province (35): Tries – Howard, Carr, vd Spey, Koble
Conversions – Catrakilis (3)
Penalties – Catrakilis (3)



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