EP Kings Update:
The EP Kings thumped the defending champion Boland Kavaliers 57-19 to move seven points clear at the top of the first division log.
The Kings were ruthless in their demolition of the Kavaliers in Port Elizabeth on Friday and maintained their unbeaten record in the competition this year.
The EP Kings celebrated their inclusion in Super Rugby with a crushing victory over the Boland Kavaliers at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday.
The unbeaten Kings, who after nine months of speculation were voted into next years Super tournament, shed the shackles of uncertainty and ran the ball whenever the opportunity presented itself. They scored eight tries to Bolands three and thereby increased their unbeaten streak to eight games.
They helped themselves to five first-half tries and secured the bonus-point score through flyhalf Wesley Dunlop as early as the 24th minute. The Kings first got onto the scoreboard in the ninth minute when captain and No.8 Luke Watson crashed over from a maul which rolled all of 20 metres.
Five minutes later, prop Clint Newland scored his teams second from more driving play by his fellow forwards. Centre Tiger Mangweni collected a pass from Samoan wing Paul Perez to score the third try midway through the first half.
After Dunlop had made it 26-0 with his try which he converted himself, fullback SP Marais intercepted the ball close to his own tryline and ran the length of the field to score under the posts.
Dunlop slotted the easy conversion and kicked another penalty but not before Boland opened their account with try by flank Philip van Zyl.
Watson thereafter got his second try of the match shortly after the restart to rub further salt in the wounds and ensure that the Kings established themselves, if they had not already done so, as odds-on favourites for the title.
For the EP Kings:
Tries: Van der Walt, Dunlop, Mangweni, Marais, Watson 2, Du Preez, Newland
Cons: Dunlop 6, Whitehead
For the Kavaliers:
Tries: Van der Merwe, Van Zyl, Clark
Cons: Zana, Jansen.
In other news:
The Currie Cup continuous to soldier on, but I must say on the back of Marathon Super rugby campaign it does get a bit much, and my interest levels are at a all time low.
The gripping test match at Lords provided better viewing.
Regardless…., a good win for the Shark over the defending champs, the Lions.
Also the Cheetahs earned a well earned victory against a Bulls team that will have to do a bit of reflecting as Pine Pienaar and his men continue to disappointed in the CC level, considering the recourses (player and money)at their disposal.
The same can be said about WP after the narrow win against the hard as nails Griekwas team, that have managed to assemble a very good team for this year. I was rooting for the lads from Kimberley.
As for the Bokke game, my view is that it was adequate, without being special, I see a bit too much running at the man and making contact for my liking.
The current game plan seems overly dependent on Albers and Frans Steyn “hitting” it up.
Can this approach beat the Aussies…, I think so…, But the All blacks…I don’t know.
On the cricket front, the Proteas continues to impress under Gary Kirsten. With this series a great advertisement for Test cricket.
Great batting by Amla and what a wonderfully opening spell by Vernon yesterday afternoon.
Oh and I see that idiot that abused Mark Boucher has run for the hills and deleted his twitter account . After Mark retweeted the insult the cricket community (especially J Kallis) called on twitter that he should be exposed, within a few hours his name and home town in the UK was known., As stated he then subsequently deleted his twitter account. (his name was allegedly Michael Debeve from Middleborough (as per a Ryk Neetling tweet)