Kings of the First Division

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Reader Submissions on 24 Sep 2012 at 13:02
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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).


  • Say what you will about Luke Watson, but he remains a top player for Kings and is about good as many top class loosies in SA

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.09.12 13:17:54 by Ludz Reply
  • I will agree with you, Luke is as tough as nails and wouldn’t stand back for any loosie, his got a point to proof in SR, many don’t like him cause of Cheeky, and things he might or might not have said in the media. You can see the diff in the way Kings play when his not there. He renewed his contract for another 2years with the Kings.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.09.12 13:40:58 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • The Pumas should feel good. They managed to draw against a superxv side. Joke of the year

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.09.12 14:46:26 by Mutley Reply
  • Remember only SR side from next year, at the mom still 1st div

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.09.12 16:37:37 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • So what happens if they don’t win the promotion match and don’t qualify for the CC? Worse even, what if the don’t win the 1St div? Would they still feel deserving of a super spot?

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.09.12 16:52:37 by blesbeer Reply

  • They should have started by bringing CC rugby back to EP… Not by running when they can’t even crawl?

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.09.12 16:53:34 by blesbeer Reply

  • Super Rugby and Currie Cup rugby are completely different competitions. Super Rugby is working with franchises, Currie Cup with provincial sides. A franchise is made up of several provincial sides (only the Sharks franchise is made up of only 1 provincial side). Yes, in South Africa most franchises use players of just 1 province, but that’s not the format’s fault but the provincial management’s fault. The big 5 (WP, FS, NT, GL and BB) should take care of their franchise partners in stead of draining them from their talent. How is South African rugby ever going to flourish across the country if the smaller unions have their players poached as soon as they play a couple of good matches? Le Roux, Raubenheimer, Pollard, Riaan Smit… Just some examples. Especially youngsters should be given 1st Div. Currie Cup time in stead of being stuck in the U21 competition.

    The Southern Kings can draw players from EP, SWD and Border but chances of Border and SWD actually contributing is 0,0001%

    SA Rugby is turning more and more into football where the big teams get bigger and the small teams struggle to even survive.

    Sorry, I just realized that this is slightly off-topic but I had to get it off my chest.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.09.12 17:09:03 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 7) : you spot on, Kings might draw from SWD I doubt any from Border.
    You can’t actually rate them with current team, rate them playing 1st div, next year is a diff story, will they be successful, no one knows, no one expect them to so they can just surprise us

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.09.12 20:10:48 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @blesbeer (Comment 6) : SARU did this whole thing wrong, they could have started this whole thing earlier, they knew Kings were the elephant in the room, could’ve included them in CC years ago, but then again their management would’ve stuffed everything up, Cheeky has done a lot for EP since in charge

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.09.12 20:17:23 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Elephant in the room, nice pun!

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.09.12 20:18:34 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • I wonder if the Kings fail at their promotion match will SARU increase the team participation for next years currie cup to facilitate them?

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.09.12 20:26:25 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 11) : I heard some where SARU want to open CC to 7 teams (prob if Kings fail) I suppose it won’t players if they play SR but 1st div in demostic league

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.09.12 20:37:08 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Excellent game by the Kings: they just refused to give up. Some lovely ball-skills shown by both backs and forwards.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.09.12 22:27:56 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : Kings let themselves down in that 1st half, poor discipline too many penalties, but good character shown in 2nd half, being down 26-5 in the 55th min and being able to draw the game with 14 men was impressive

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.12 07:44:23 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • When it comes to the Kings, I think we have to accept that some people are going to be haters regardless of what actually happens on the pitch.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.09.12 08:02:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Personally I think it will be good for South African rugby to have them in the CC premier division.

    The CC can be upgraded to a top 7 competition without losing any of the Top 6 quality. Each team will still have to bring their A-game every Saturday, with the bonus of a team having a weekend off.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.09.12 08:34:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Realistically the Kings should be creaming every other team in their division if one considers the finances, facilities, coach, administration, players, in fact everything. For the most part they are doing it but they have now drawn twice against the rag tag but well coached Pumas. They should be doing better.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.09.12 08:52:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : Imagine what Stonehouse could do with a Top 6 team.

    Give him the Griquas and you’ll have yourself a Griquas team assured of a semi, maybe even a home semi.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.09.12 09:08:40 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : That’s true Rob, and because there’s Watson’s involved, I personally don’t have a prob with Kings or the Watson’s, for me its about the rugby and being able to go watch quality teams playing in PE, politics will always be there, I’m in it for the rugga not politics

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.09.12 09:16:35 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Like me. 😀

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.09.12 09:28:15 by klempie Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 18) : Fully agree, the guy needs a break with a big union – win win situation.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.09.12 09:58:48 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • GO KINGS! 😀

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.09.12 10:38:12 by Megatron Reply


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