The Tusker Simba XV had a memorable debut performance as they beat the Eastern Province Kings to record a notable 17-10 (halftime 5-5) victory in their Vodacom Cup match played at City Park, Cape Town on a blustery Saturday afternoon.
The crowd had barely settled into their seats when the referee awarded a penalty to the Kings which they kicked to the corner.
Big flanker Claude Tshidibi scored from the lineout maul and the Kings led 5-0 with virtually no time gone on the clock. Centre Scott van Breda was unsuccessful with his attempted conversion from the left-hand touchline.
The wind was a major role-player and the Tusker Simba XV were pinned in their own territory for long periods of time.
A rare foray into the Kings’ half saw winger Leonard Mugaisi score a good try to level the scores.
Flyhalf Kenny Andola missed the conversion and the two teams remained deadlocked at the halftime break.
The Kings spurned many chances to kick for goal and a poor display in the lineout saw them unable to convert their possession and territory into points.
This was further evident when the Kenyans were reduced to 14 men after eighthman Joshua Chisanga was sent to the bin for repeated infringements.
Despite having a numerical advantage, the team from Port Elizabeth could simply not finish off any of their chances.
After the interval the Kenyans had a moment of magic as an attempted drop kick by Andola was poorly dealt with by
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