The Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings learned “tough lessons” in the testing northern hemisphere conditions in the Guinness PRO14 over the weekend, with both sides suffering defeats in their second tour matches.
The Isuzu Southern Kings went down 50-0 against last season’s finalists, the Glasgow Warriors, in Scotland, while the Toyota Cheetahs went down 17-13 in a tightly-fought encounter against the Scarlets in Wales – with heavy rain and icy conditions greeting both sides.
Isuzu Southern Kings coach Robbi Kempson believed the result was a wake-up call for his team, as the young side struggled to contain the Glasgow Warriors outfit filled with internationals back from Rugby World Cup duty.
“It was a tough encounter,” said Kempson. “It was one of those rare and unfortunate compliments you get from the opposition when they play all their internationals. In previous seasons they fielded academy sides.”
He added: “It was good schooling for our lads, and it is important that we learn how to embrace those challenges. When sides are gearing up for European and Challenge Cup, I think we need to realise the level that we are playing against. It is not what we experienced in previous seasons.”
Kempson said despite the defeat, his team would not give up on their style of play or their desire to blood young talent.
“There were tough lessons learned, particularly for our younger players,” said Kempson. “Do we continue in the manner
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