Resilient Kings continue to impress

Cornell-du-Preez-Southern-Kings-Super-Rugby_2915729At the start of this years Super Rugby tournament, everyone was tipping Kings as the whipping boys of Super Rugby, and rightfully so, they were a group of unknown players who don’t even play in the premier division of South Africa’s provincial competition, the Currie Cup.

However the Kings shocked everyone when they pulled off a victory in their first match against the Force, and followed it up with a more than impressive performance against the Sharks, a team many assumed would get 5 points from that match without struggle. But even after those two impressive performances, the game against Chiefs was predicted as the game where Kings would really struggle, and that their defence might give way in the 2nd half of the match.

So when the game started no-one really had much hope for the Kings, many of the players were going up against New Zealand opposition for the first time in their lives, and it looked bad in the opening minutes when Chiefs started attacking, but lo and behold the Kings defence stood tall yet again, and kept denying the Chiefs easy points. The Chiefs did however find the key to the lock of the Kings defence when they went over in the corner, and started to pull away from the Kings, and least they thought they were, because then, just before half time when the Chiefs were just starting to look comfortable, an intercept happened as Sergeal Petersen showed everyone his amazing pace as he left all the Chiefs chasers to eat his dust, and went over to keep the Kings in it at half time.

When the 2nd half got underway the Chiefs scored two quick tries right at the start. That’s when things started looking ominous for Kings, and it seemed as if the Chiefs might start to take the Kings defence apart in the 2nd 40, but then the Kings showed they had another gear to go to as they really took charge of the match from that point, with attack after attack, followed by a few penalties, the Kings were back in it again, and probably the biggest sign of this was with 10 minutes to go when the Chiefs were awarded a penalty, and they opted for polls, a decision that tells us they were definitely not having it their own way out there. So while the Kings walked away with no points from the game, they left a lot of fans smiling, and a lot of neutrals very impressed as they went toe to toe with the Chiefs right up until the final hooter. Well done Kings.

Matthew Nepgen

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