Rugby’s first-ever GUINNESS PRO14 Championship match to be contested at the Wolfson Stadium in Kwazakhele on Saturday produced a 12-try thriller that had the crowd on the edge of their seats right until the very last minute but, unfortunately, ended in a narrow 36-43 defeat for the Southern Kings by Irish visitors, Ulster.
The Kings led 22-10 at the break courtesy of a try each by Burton Klaasen, Yaw Penxe and Michael Makase – the latter a long-range individual effort that needed TMO confirmation.
A strong Ulster comeback resulted in a frenetic second-half and, despite Klaasen and Penxe each dotting down again, it was a 75th minute try for Ulster by former Western Province number 8 Robbie Diack that finally settled matters in their favour 43-36. The result means that the Kings pick up their first bonus points of the season – 1 for scoring 4 tries and 1 for losing by 7 points or less.
Coach Deon Davids admitted after the game that he thought it was a match that “the Kings had lost rather than that Ulster had won” and bemoaned a few basic errors by his side. “There was a lot that we did well today but to make the step up to the next level requires every kick to be sound as well as every pass and every catch. These are fundamentals that have to be in place and that we have to get right. We scored some great tries
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