The EP Kings produced a display of quality running rugby and dominated most aspects of the game and territory as they thrashed the Blue Bulls XV 66 – 28 in Port Elizabeth.
The influence of the coach, former All Black flyhalf, Carlos Spencer, was evident as the Kings ran the ball from all areas of the field.
The crowd showed their appreciation for the return of Luke Watson to the Kings lineup. Watson had been sidelined for a lengthy period due to an foot injury sustained in the Super 15 campaign.
Watson played a key role in the loose, was involved at the breakdown and crossed the Bulls tryline from a rolling maul to score for the Kings. Watson was substituted at half time, after a solid display in the first half.
The Kings can be pleased with their attacking performance, but the defence needs to be properly organised as the Bulls were able to add 28 points in defeat.
The friendly was played in front of a crowd of 7500 (approximately)at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday evening.
The Kings victory included 10 tries for the home side, with both wings Siviwe “Shakes” Soyizwapi and Ntabeni Dukisa making significant contributions with explosive running and unselfish ball distribution.
The Kings are due for re-entry into the Currie Cup Premier Division in August and with the display of running rugby are sure to gain new support and grow their loyal following.
Scorers: EP Kings: Tries: Paul Schoeman, Luke Watson, Jaco Grobler, Tim Whitehead (2), Ntabeni Dukisa, Shane Gates, Thembelani Bholi, Scott van Breda, Kevin Luiters. Conversions: Scott van Breda (8).
Vodacom Blue Bulls XV: Tries: Ruan Steenkamp (2), Sidney Tobias. Conversions: Kobus Marais, Joshua Stander. Penalties: Kobus Marais (3)