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The Southern Kings have not scored a try in their last two matches

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Article Published: Thursday 2 May 2013






The Southern Kings will complete their clashes against Australian opposition on Saturday when they host the Waratahs in Port Elizabeth.

The Super Rugby newcomers have not yet lost to an Aussie team this season and will be looking to keep that record intact in what is the Waratahs' first visit to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The Waratahs have lost their last eight matches on the trot in the Republic, dating back to 15 May 2009, when the beat the Lions by 38-33 in Johannesburg.

Overall, the Waratahs have won only 14 of their 38 matches in South Africa, or 36.8%.

The Kings will also be looking to get back on the try-scoring sheet this weekend, after going try-less in their last two matches. They've scored at least two tries in each of their three matches against Aussie opposition this year.

Commenting on the try-scoring drought, Kings Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons, said,"These things happen.We have had opportunities which we have not converted into points."

"We believe we must take those opportunities. There has been a good focus this week and we are sure everyone is on the same page as far as that is concerned. I am sure that on Saturday things will be different."

Kings flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis can pass 100 points in his debut Super Rugby season on Saturday. He is currently on 88 points for 2013, which places him 10th overall on the list of top scorers for the season.

The Southern Kings tour to Australia and New Zealand went much better than expected but since returning to South Africa they seem to have lost their way a little.

The Waratahs have been a bit wobbly this season but they appear to be finding their game and improving. They put the Bulls under some pressure last weekend and the game might have been a lot closer if the referee was a bit more on his toes.

The Waratahs will be playing in their second week on tour so they will have to be on their toes throughout the match as the Kings are now famous for finishing strongly. A late fade by the Waratahs will almost certainly see the Kings snatch it.

The Bookies have given the Kings a 9 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Southern Kings have lost their way a little and their momentum has also faded. The Waratahs should win this by 4.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1 on the Red Button.

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Match No.73. : Kings v Waratahs
Date : Saturday 4 May
Venue : Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 1:Jason Jaftha
Assistant Ref 2:Christie du Preez
TMO : Johann Meuwesen

Teams

Southern Kings

15. George Whitehead , 14. Sergeal Petersen , 13. Ronnie Cooke , 12. Andries Strauss (Captain) , 11. Siyanda Grey , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Shaun Venter , 8. Jacques Engelbrecht , 7. Wimpie van der Walt , , 6. Cornell du Preez 5. Rynier Bernado ,4. Steve Sykes (Vice Captain) , 3. Kevin Buys , 2. Bandise Maku ,1. Schalk Ferreira

Replacements : 16. Virgile Lacombe , 17. Grant Kemp , 18. David Bulbring , 19. Luke Watson , 20. Nicolas Vergallo , 21. Waylon Murray , 22. Siviwe Soyizwapi

Waratahs

1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Sitaleki Timani , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c) , 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Brendan McKibbin , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Peter Betham , 12. Rob Horne , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Cam Crawford , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements : 16 John Ulugia ,17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Will Skelton ,19. Mitchell Chapman , 20..Pat McCutcheon ,21. Matt Lucas ,22. Ben Volavola,23.Tom Kingston

 
 
 
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