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    Kings vs Sharks

    Super Rugby, 14 May, 2017

    Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
    Fulltime - Kings 35, Sharks 32
    Kings   Sharks
    35 FINAL SCORE 32
    4 TRIES 2
    1 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Federico Anselmi
    Touch judges: Quinton Immelman & AJ Jacobs
    TMO: Christian du Preez

    The Southern Kings, who have been in scintillating form playing an attractive brand of rugby, will be out to make a statement against a strong Sharks side that is picking up its form. Join us at The Roar for live scores and a blog at 1:15am AEST.

    The Kings’ key goal will be consistency. They will be out to better previous performances that earned them big victories. They face a tough Durban outfit that is also picking up form of late.

    Lionel Cronje, who has played for every top South African franchise at some level, will remember how the Sharks released him in 2015 after joining in 2014.

    Having moved around throughout his career, he seems to have found his home at the Kings, particularly being a player who was schooled at Queens College in the Eastern Cape.

    The experienced Schalk van der Merwe will start at loosehead prop for Justin Ferwood who suffered a knee injury.

    On the bench sees Chris Heiberg comes in as prop cover, while Lubabalo “Giant” Mtyanda will be looking to make his Super Rugby debut in the second-row.

    The Sharks are well aware that they will have to minimise on the errors, especially when they are facing a side that feeds off scrappy play and are good on the counter.

    They have clearly shown the Kings some respect by fielding their strongest match twenty-three, and making their intentions clear that they want to come away with a victory.

    The men from Durban will be without the in-form youngster, Curwin Bosch, who has joined the Baby Boks ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championship taking place in Georgia.

    They do, however, welcome back Patrick Lambie in the starting XV since round three and will also be taking the captaincy role from Philip van der Walt.

    Beast Mtawarira and Coenie Oosthuizen return in the starting front row after coming off the bench against the Western Force.

    Another notable change is Garth April who returns to the match twenty-three.

    The Sharks have openly made their intentions known by looking dominate in the forward pack, boasting a powerful starting eight.

    The Sharks have won all their previous encounters against the Kings by big margins. The Kings have never beaten a South African side in their Super Rugby, and will be in search for their first back-to-back wins at home.

    The Kings seem to be slight favourites going into this game after displaying fine form in the last few games, and with a home advantage the men from PE should edge out the Sharks by four points.

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    • 6:49am
      Grent Dosa said | 6:49am | ! Report

      Good on the Kings, everyone wrote them off at the start of the season including myself but they’ve showed real guts and had a great attitude. Credit to the players and coaching staff, I think its excellent for them.

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      Charging Rhino said | 6:47am | ! Report

      Dam. Well done Kings.
      Once again the Sharks flounder against a team they should beat, same old same old.

      They’ll beat the Stormers and Lions at home though I reckon 🙂

      Will we see the same backlash towards the Sharks that we saw with the Tahs fans? Somehow I don’t think so….. I don’t know about you, but to me it says something about the “entitlement” attitude.

      And the Sharks are arguably a more successful franchise on average having reached 5 Super Rugby finals and endless semi’s over the years, albeit never lifting the trophy which the Tahs have once.

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      Kia Kaha said | 6:31am | ! Report

      Your prediction was way off, Vusi! 😉

      Good on the Kings. Playing with great confidence after their successes. Much to like about the heart and pride they’re showing.

      • 12:39pm
        Baylion said | 12:39pm | ! Report

        Mjekevu didn’t play, Alshaun Bock replaced him and scored the 2 tries.

        Cronje is definitely showing the form everyone expected of him since his junior days.

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      Machpants said | 6:23am | ! Report

      Yay I predicted this upset!

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      Nobrain said | 4:42am | ! Report

      L Conje is a great player thas has for some reason been in the shadows. Majekevu is a very good finisher.
      The Kings are playing much better rugby than last year and getting better every game.

      • 6:57am
        Grent Dosa said | 6:57am | ! Report

        He’s played for a lot of other franchises and never really been a first choice player but now he’s really found his form and is playing great rugby. I think he’s been great for the teams culture as well, clearly a leader and the players have really got behind him.

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      Vusi Gubeni said | 2:58am | ! Report

      78′ Try!!!! The Kings got a penalty and opted for a lineout. With a patient build up the Kings got some phases together and finally getting an overlap for de Wet to score a try. Kings 35-32 Sharks

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      Vusi Gubeni said | 2:53am | ! Report

      74′ Sharks get a penalty in front of the polls. April extends the Sharks lead 28-32 with 5min left of play.

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      Vusi Gubeni said | 2:49am | ! Report

      71′ Kings are penalized for holding on. Sharks opt for a lineout.

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      Vusi Gubeni said | 2:48am | ! Report

      Garth April slots a penalty to give Sharks the lead with 12 minutes to go. 29-28

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      Vusi Gubeni said | 2:44am | ! Report

      The Kings clear the ball off the scrum. Lineout Sharks.

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      Vusi Gubeni said | 2:42am | ! Report

      The Sharks knock the ball on the Kings 5m. Kings scrum

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