On Friday night we saw EP Kings taking on the Pumas in a cold evening for rugby in Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Last time these two teams met on August 3rd at Mbombela Stadium at Nelspruit it was a 30-all draw after Kings were leading for most of the game with the Pumas only managing to draw level towards the end of the 80 minute mark.
In another game of two halves we saw the same result this time in PE, after the Pumas led for most of the game. The Kings managed to score 14 points in less then 10 minutes to draw the game 26-all.
The Kings struggled to get their rhythm going and faced a 9-point deficit after 20 minutes. The Kings ill-discipline cost them and Pumas flyhalf JC Roos was on target with every kick.
Kings Samoan winger Paul Perez received a red card after 27min in the 1st half, letting his team down and forcing the Kings to play with 14 men for the rest of the game.
Both teams were not afraid to spread the ball wide, which resulted in some good running rugby. The Kings also played well with their strong pack of forwards, under the leadership of Luke Watson, adding two tries (11 this season) to their four of the evening.
For the Kings, Watson had a fairly good day at the office, he often looks like a grade 12 playing with grade 8′s but the Pumas were up for the challenge, and looked like everyone wanted a piece of Watson. Amongst the backs SP Marais had another good outing, was not afraid to take it to the Pumas and was also rock solid on defense.
For the Pumas JC Roos had a good game with the boot and added 16 out of the 26 points ending with a 100% strike rate for the evening.
After Friday night’s round Kings are still sitting comfortable at the top of the log on 58 points with the Pumas 2nd on 49 points, the Leopards 3rd on 43 and the Griffons and SWD will be fighting it out today for the 4th spot and a possible spot in the play offs in two weeks time.
I won’t be surprised if Kings and Pumas face each other again in PE in the final and hopefully we will have a winner and not another draw on 13 October.
EP KINGS – Tries: Marcello Sampson, Tiger Mangweni, Luke Watson (2); Conversions: George Whitehead (3).
FORD PUMAS – Tries: JW Jonker, Coenie van Wyk; Conversions: JC Roos (2); Penalties: Roos (4).Tweet