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Kings to try and salvage a win


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Currie Cup, EP Kings, Original Content on 9 Oct 2014 at 09:15
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A disappointing season will finally come to an end for the Eastern Province Kings when they face the Pumas at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday evening.

The Kings, still winless after 9 games, will have one final shot at getting a win under their belts as doors close for business on Friday, before the season heads into the play-off rounds.

The Kings have conceded 378 points and scored 180 with 1 losing bonus point to show for their efforts. They have, however, scored the third most tries, 24, equal with Griquas and third placed Sharks, the only teams that have scored less are the Pumas on 22 and the Blue Bulls on 21 tries. The Kings, though, have conceded more than double the tries scored, 49.

When the Pumas were relegated to the First Division in 2012, it has been a real dog fight between these two provinces. In that same year there was just a single point seperating them after 240 minutes of rugby. The first game ended in a 26 all draw in Port Elizabeth, as did the game in Nelspruit, 30 all. It was only when the Kings beat the Pumas in the final at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium that the scores ended 26 – 25 in favour of the home team.

The Pumas have had the upper hand last year as they beat the Kings in Port Elizabeth 29 – 13, another one pointer seperated them in Nelspruit when the home team won 33 – 32. Last years First Division Final ended with the Pumas beating the Kings 50 – 30 in Nelspruit.

The game in Port Elizabeth will be a sort of, “everything to play for but nothing to lose”, for the bottom of the log Kings as they will not be in danger of playing a promotion / relegation at the end of the season, after they were guaranteed Currie Cup Premier Division status for two seasons.

EP Kings:
1 Simon Kerrod 2 Martin Ferreira 3 BG Uys 4 Darron Nell (c) 5 Cameron Lindsay 6 Paul Schoeman 7 Devin Oosthuizen 8 Tim Agaba 9 Tobie Botes 10 Gary van Aswegen 11 Siviwe Soyizwapi 12 Shane Gates 13 Tim Whitehead 14 Ronnie Cooke 15 Scott van Breda

Reserves:
16 Edgar Marutlulle 17 Charl du Plessis 18 Lizo Gqoboka 19 Steven Cummins 20 Thembelani Bholi 21 Jaco Grobler 22 Ntabeni Dukisa



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