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EP Kings Currie Cup return ends in defeat against Western Province

Western Province secured a 35-16 win against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday 8 August 2014.

Luke Watson scores for EP. Photo: Zane Hobson

Luke Watson scores for EP. Photo: Zane Hobson

The game marked the return of the EP Kings to top flight rugby and ended their 12 year absence from the Currie Cup competition.

There was no lack of support from a vocal crowd of over 20 000 and the home team held their own for the first half leading 11-10 at half time.

The second half saw Western Province turn the first half deficit into a lead and running out comfortable winners.

Western Province has conceded 11 penalties in the first half (to the four of Eastern Province) and had two players yellow carded during the first half.

A third yellow card was produced by the referee during the second half and another Western Province player was sinbinned.

The game saw the return of Eben Etzebeth to the Western province side after a long injury layoff and C.J. van der Linde debuted for the Eastern Province when he entered the game as a substitute.

Eben is back! Photo: Zane Hobson

Eben is back! Photo: Zane Hobson

The Eastern Province side could be pleased with their first half display against a Western Province side that has a very sound defence, but the number of errors, turnovers and conceded possession must be a concern for coach Carlos Spencer.

Good possession and territory was lost due to basic errors and poor decision making.

Man of the Match: Luke Watson

Scorers:

The EP Kings

Tries: Watson, Luiters
Penalties: Scott van Breda 2

Western Province

Tries: Howard, Carr, Van der Spuy, Kolbe
Conversions: Catrakilis 3
Penalties: Catrakilis 3

Yellow Cards: Manuel Carizza (Western Province, infringements at the breakdown), Pat Cilliers (Western Province – high tackle), Seabelo Senatla (Western Province – repeated offsides)

Story by Zane Hobson

Photos by Zane Hobson and Stan Blumberg

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