The DHL Stormers claimed a hard-fought but deserved 24-12 Super Rugby win over hosts, the Southern Kings, in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The visitors, unbeaten now in four matches since returning home from tour in May, scored the only two tries of a physical encounter at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – captain Deon Fourie’s try double on the night proving the difference in the end.
The Southern Kings last home game of their debut Super Rugby season at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium could very well be another sold out affair. Acting CEO Charl Crous said the Southern Kings could potentially boast the best overall crowd attendance the season.
Southern Kings skipper, Luke Watson, has been ruled out for the rest of the 2013 rugby season, following an injury to his ankle. Watson, who was assessed by one of the foremost ankle specialists in Cape Town earlier this week will have to undergo an operation to his ankle, followed by months of rehabilitation.
We bring you part two of sanzarrugby.com’s special feature of each team, continuing with the fourteenth, the Kings. They have played 13 matches this season, winning three, drawing one and losing nine. They have scored 255 points and 23 tries, while conceding 434 points and 51 tries. Their average score line for the season is 20-33.
Stormers claimed a 19-11 win over the Southern Kings in a tough all-South African Super Rugby Derby played at a rain-soaked DHL Newlands on Saturday. Stormers fullback Joe Pietersen contributed 14 points with his trusty right boot, as both teams managed a try each in tough conditions which saw the rain bucketing down for most of the match.
South Africa's Southern Kings bounced back from a humiliating home defeat last weekend to secure a 34-27 victory over the Highlanders in Port Elizabeth. It was their first win over a New Zealand side a week after they were thrashed 72-10 at home by the Waratahs. That dismal performance lacked passion and brutally exposed their inexperience in their maiden year of Super Rugby.
The Waratahs rounded off their two-week trip to South Africa by recording a dazzling bonus win over the Kings, running in 11 tries to secure their first win in South Africa in four years. With a four-try bonus point secured after just 19 minutes, the visitors showed their ruthlessness by continuing to pile on the points, with winger Cam Crawford completing his hat trick after just 36 minutes.
The Southern Kings may have lost against an on-song Cheetahs team in Bloemfontein, but have said that they are much happier with their performance in the game that saw them lose 12 points to the Cheetahs 26. Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons said the team had showed great improvement on their poor performance the week before against the Bulls, attributed to travel fatigue following the team’s first Australasian tour.
The Rebels returned home after three weeks on the road as they hosted the competition's newest side, the Southern Kings, in Melbourne for the first time. On the back of last week's win at NIB Stadium against the Western Force, the Rebels made a key change to their starting lineup as James O'Connor moved to flyhalf as part of a backline re-shuffle.
The Southern Kings have made several changes to their starting 15 for Friday's Super Rugby match in Canberra against the log-leading Brumbies. Three of the changes are in the backline, where Waylon Murray comes in at outside centre, with Ronnie Cooke moving to the wing. Nicolas Vergallo starts ahead of the injured Shaun Venter at scrumhalf.
The Chiefs beat the Southern Kings 35-24 in Liam Messam's 100th match. Offical celebrations for Messam will take place at next weeks home game, meaning the champions have capped off their South African trip with a bonus point victory over the competition newcomers in Port Elizabeth.
The Kings have named an unchanged line-up for their Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Darron Nell retains the captaincy in the continued absence of Luke Watson, still struggling with a throat injury.
The Western Force have gone down to the Southern Kings, 22-10, in the South African side’s Super Rugby debut in Port Elizabeth tonight. The Force held the ball for lengthy periods through the first half, transferring it into a 10-5 half-time lead. However, the home side responded with 17 unanswered points in the second term in front of a vocal crowd at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.