#JustSaying – Ace Port Elizabeth Photographer, Michael Sheehan and I called it – a win for the Southern Kings at Loftus Versfeld.
After Round 18 in Super Rugby the Southern Kings have achieved the sweetest of ‘doubles’ – beating a South African Team in their home ground – the Bulls 31-30 at Loftus Versveld on Saturday 8 July – after securing their first win against a SA Team – the Sharks 35-32 – in Port Elizabeth on 13 May 2017.
This leaves the Bulls and Cheetahs to battle for bottom place in the South African leg of Super Rugby. Local supporters will be hoping for a humdinger of a game on 14 July when the Kings meet the Cheetahs at home in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. With both teams out of Super Rugby they will be determined to rub further salt into the wounds of SARU and the Bulls by ensuring that he Bulls finish bottom of the log.
The Kings victory over three-time former champions, the Bulls, places the Kings 11th in the overall standings, ahead of four Australian and two South African teams – Bulls and Cheetahs – plus the Japanese Sunwolves.
In a battle of the flyhalves, with Lionel Cronje looking to send a strong message to his former side that had denied him game time very often in his two seasons at Loftus, Cronje finished with a haul of 21 points