Jacques ‘Vleis’ Engelbrecht in action in his Super Rugby debut for the Southern Kings against Western Force.
The Southern Kings team to play the Western Force in the historic first Super Rugby encounter for the Eastern Province franchise on Saturday 23 February 2013 was:
Starting Line-up: 15. SP Marais, 14. Seargal Petersen, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Andries Strauss (Vice Captain), 11. Marcello Sampson, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Like Watson (Captain), 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. Cornell Du Preez, 5. Steven Sykes, 4. David Bullbring, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 22. Hadleigh Parkes, 21. George Whitehead, 20. Johan Herbst, 19. Jacques Engelbrecht, 18. Daniel Adongo, 17. Jaco Engels, 16. Edgar Marutlulle.
More than 32,000 people packed into the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday evening 23 February 2013 to witness the Southern Kings make history when they beat the Western Force by 22-10.
It was a night to remember for the Southern and Eastern Cape, but also for young Sergeal Petersen, who became the youngest South African to play Vodacom Super Rugby in almost two decades, but also scored both his team’s tries and was duly named Man of the Match afterwards.
The Kings had to dig deep in the second half though. They lost their captain, Luke Watson, towards the end of the first half and the Force simply looked more composed at that stage, with Pek Cowan and Alfi Mafi scoring their two tries in four minutes midway through the first 40.
Jacques Engelbrecht, who replaced Watson, helped the home team get back on the front foot as he put in many strong runs. Aided by Steven Sykes at lock and Bandise Maku at hooker, with flyhalf Dimitri Catrakilis putting in a good tactical kicking display, the Kings managed to swing the momentum.
Two penalty goals by Catrakilis in the second half put the Kings in front and when Petersen crossed for his second, on the hour, they started to believe that they can win this.
More solid defence was needed though, as well as two more Catrakilis penalty goals, but when the final whistle blew, the Kings had deservedly won their first ever match in Vodacom Super Rugby.
Southern Kings –Tries: Sergeal Petersen (2). Penalty goals: Dimitri Catrakilis (4).
Western Force – Tries: Pek Cowan, Alfi Mafi.
Date: January 08, 2016 14:52
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