Southern Kings

Chiefs beat Kings in Port Elizabeth



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The Southern Kings have the best defensive record in Super Rugby currently as they have completed a higher percentage of their tackles than any other team.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.


The Kings kick off and we are underway.


2.00: The Kings knock on early so we have a scrum. The Chiefs win the scrum and start thier attack. They move the ball through the team and just lose the ball forward about 5m out. Explosive start.


3.00: The Kings are under severe pressure here. The Chiefs charge down the Kings clearance kick and the Chiefs concede an offside penalty. Demetri Catrakilis kicks for touch.


6.00: The Chiefs win a scrum and fire off the back on attack. The final pass to Lelia Masaga goes to ground. It is clear that the Chiefs have come to play.


8.00: Chiefs work the ball forward to about 3m out. They move the ball wide and a long pass goes in for Tim Nanai-Williams and he gets a huge tackle and the ball goes to ground. The Chiefs are caught for offside at the ruck so the Kings have a penalty. No wait the Chiefs get a penalty on the TMO’s reccomendation. (Tackling the player without the ball)


9.00: Gareth Anscombe takes the kick and slots it. The Chiefs are on the board.


11.00: The Kings enjoy some attacking ball in the Chiefs half. The pressure they put on rewards them with a penalty. Catrakilis will kick for posts.


13.00: Catrakilis takes the kick and nails it to level the scores.


15.00: Kevin Buys concedes a penalty so Gareth Anscombe will take a shot at the posts. He nails it in off the post so the Chiefs are back in front.


18.00: The Chiefs go on attack but their handling lets them down again and they knock on. The Kings kick for touch but don’t find it.


19.00: The Chiefs build up their momentum and spin the ball out to Lelia Masaga on the wing and he dives in for the first TRY.


20.00: Anscombe gets under pressure form the ref to take the conversion quickly but he nails it. The new laws state that the kicker has 90 seconds to take the kick and Anscombe’s ball fell over.


22.00: The Kings have lost SP Marais so George Whitehead comes on. Incidentally the Kings lost Darron Nell before the match and Steven Sykes is the captain.


23.00: Thomas Leonardi comes on for Wimpie van der Walt. The Kings get a maul rolling about 5m out. They go through the phases but the Chiefs turn the ball over and counter attack. A foot goes in touch though.


25.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. They kick for touch and set up the line out.


27.00: Penalty to the Kings in front of the posts. They will kick for posts. Catrakilis takes the penalty and nails it.


30.00: The Chiefs have the ball on attack and they find a gap. They get stopped initially but then with the second phase they go over. We have to go upstairs to check though. Lelia Masaga waits to find out if he has a double.


32.00: Ross Filipo comes off injured but the try is awarded. Anscombe misses the conversion.


34.00: The Chiefs are back on attack on the 5m line. Interestingly the Kings are only allowed two foreigners in their squad but today they have three in Leonardi, Vergallo and Parkes. The Kings hang on in defence.


36.00: Chiefs possession is at 55% in favour of the Chiefs currently. The Chiefs are currently on the 5m line. The Kings however win a scrum and Catrakilis kicks the ball out to safety.


38.00: The Kings knock on so the Chiefs have an attacking scrum just inside the Kings 22. The Chiefs win the scrum and attack. They drive the ball up to about 10m out. They sping the ball wide and a pass goes loose and Sergeal Petersen gets an intercept and races away and runs the length of the field and scores the Kings first TRY.


39.00: Catrakilis takes the conversion and nails it. It is half time.


The half time score was Kings 13 Chiefs 18


The second half is underway.


44.00: Kings being held back in their half by the Chiefs. Some trouble getting a scrum set holds the game up.


46.00: The Chiefs attack but their passing lets them down again and this time the ball goes out.


46.00: Penalty to the Chiefs as the Kings were ahead of the kicker. Masaga is taken out in the air and goes down. He gets back up though.


48.00: The Chiefs show their forward power and drive over the tryline but they are held up. 5m scrum so they go again.


49.00: The Chiefs drive over the line again and this time its Sam Cane that goes over for the TRY!


50.00: Anscombe adds the conversion.


52.00: Chiefs playing with a bit more urgency and Clarke passes to Lelia Masaga who races in for his third TRY!! That’s the bonus point TRY!


53.00: Anscombe adds the conversion.


55.00: Chiefs still attacking but with a little less urgency. They lose the ball forward again.


57.00: Well, there is wild play all over. Masaga comes close to scoring a fourth try but the ball is lost, it gets kicked back for the Kings and Petersen almost his gets second but he too can’t control the ball and Asaeli Tikoirotuma gathers the ball and gets pushed out.


60.00: Steven Sykes has to go off for a concussion test. The Kings get the ball into the Chiefs 22. They drive for the line and Wimpie van der Walt snipes for the line but is held up. However Augustine Pulu is shown a yello card.


62.00 ; The Kings drive for the line and Jacques Engelbrecht scores for the Kings. Catrakilis misses the conversion.


64.00: The Kings are in full attack and the Chiefs are having to defend here. The Kings win a penalty. Catrakilis nails the penalty.


66.00: Chiefs starting to fight back here. They get the ball into the Kings 22. 8 phases gets them to about 10 out and they continue to drive forward. The Kings turn the ball over though and run the ball out.


69.00: The Kings are awarded a penalty so they kick for touch. Penalties conceded Kings 5 Chiefs 11 so far. Pulu comes back on.


71.00: Another penalty for the Kings. Catrakilis slots it.


73.00: The Chiefs dominating the ball now. They look hungry for another try. Penalty to the Chiefs. Anscombe will kick for posts to wind down the clock.


75.00: Anscombe takes the kick and misses.


78.00: Another penalty to the Chiefs for a Sergeal Petersen illegal trip tackle on Liam Messam. Anscombe takes the kick and nails it.


79.48: The siren sounds early and then there is a deafening screech of feedback in the stadium buut the game carries on. The Chiefs have a free kick so they kick the ball out. The Chiefs win.  


The full time score is Kings 24 (13) Chiefs 35 (18)


Tries – S. Petersen, J. Engelbrecht
Pen – D.Catrakilis 4
Con – D Catrakilis
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – L Masaga 3, S Cane
Pen – G Anscombe 3
Con – G Anscombe 3
Drop –
Cards – A. Pulu (60th min yellow)

Match Officials
: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 2:Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO : Johann Meuwessen (South Africa)


Southern Kings

SP Marais, Marcello Sampson, Ronnie Cooke, Hadleigh Parkes, Sergeal Petersen, Demetri Catrakilis, Shaun Venter, Schalk Ferreira, Bandise Maku, Kevin Buys, Cornell du Preez, David Bulbring, Steven Sykes(captain) , Wimpie van der Walt, Jacques Engelbrecht.

Replacements: Edgar Marutlulle, Jaco Engels, Thomas Leonardi, Daniel Adongo, Nicolas Vergallo, George Whitehead, Andries Strauss.


1. Toby Smith, 2. Hika Elliot, 3. Ben Afeaki, 4. Craig Clarke ( C ), 5. Michael Fitzgerald, 6. Liam Messam (100th Match), 7. Tanerau Latimer, 8. Ross Filipo (Chiefs debut), 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 10. Aaron Cruden, 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12. Andrew Horrell, 13. Tim Nanai-Williams, 14. Lelia Masaga, 15. Gareth Anscombe

Replacements : 16. Rhys Marshall, 17. Pauliasi Manu, 18. Brodie Retallick, 19. Sam Cane, 20. Augustine Pulu, 21. Charlie Ngatai, 22. Patrick Osborne.

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