Kings Held On For First Win Of The Season

The Southern Kings scored their first win of the season after scraping home against Ospreys 16-14 in Swansea. The Kings lead 13-00 at halftime. The Kings will return home after scoring one win from three on their overseas tour.

Ospreys were still without their Welsh internationals, Alun Wyn Jones, George North and Justin Tipuric. The Kings had to re-jig after several injuries hampered head coach Robbi Kempson’s selection. Howard Mnisi (captain) returned from injury, while Scott van Breda, on a short-term loan deal from the Worcester Warriors, started in the back three.

It was an impressive performance from Robbi Kempson’s side in what were unfavourable rugby conditions in Swansea, scoring a clinical first-half try through Erich Cronje and defending aggressively to keep the hosts at bay.

Although Swansea scored two converted tries to ensure an absorbing finale, but they failed to make sustained periods of second-half pressure pay and remain with just a solitary Guinness PRO14 victory this season. A yellow card by Elrich Louw put his team under severe pressure in the final quarter of the game.

Scorers: 

Ospreys: Try: Morgan Morris, Hanno Dirksen. Conversion: James Hook, Luke Price.

Southern Kings: Try: Erich Cronje Conversion: Scott Breda. Penalties: Scott van Breda (3)

Teams: 

Ospreys: Cai Evans, Hanno Dirksen, Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, Scott Williams, Lesley Klim, Luke Price, Shaun Venter, Rhodri Jones, Scott Otten, Tom Botha, Marvin Orie, Lloyd Ashley, Dan Lydiate (c), Olly Cracknell, Morgan Morris. Replacements: Sam Parry, Gareth Thomas, Ma’afu Fia, Guido Volpi, Sam Cross, Matthew Aubrey. James Hook, Tom Williams

Isuzu Southern Kings: Scott van Breda, Christopher Hollis, Erick Cronje, Howard Mnisi (c), Josiah Twum-Boafo, John-Thomas Jackson, Josh Allderman, Juan Schoeman, Jacques du Toit, Pieter Scholtz, Jerry Sexton, Bobby de Wee, Martinus Burger, Thembelani Bholi, Elrigh Louw. Replacements: Alandre van Rooyen, Xandre Vos, Lupumlo Mguca, Aston Fortuin, Ruaan Lerm, Sarel Pretorius, Siyabonga Masuku, Sibusiso Sithole