Rugby 20.8.2016 05:15 pm

Kings on the rise, but will need to cut out mistakes

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 12: Ricky Schroeder (vc) of Eastern Province Kings passes during the Currie Cup match between Eastern Province Kings and Boland Kavaliers at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 12: Ricky Schroeder (vc) of Eastern Province Kings passes during the Currie Cup match between Eastern Province Kings and Boland Kavaliers at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

The Eastern Province Kings sent out a warning to the other teams in the Currie Cup Premier Division after they nearly got the better of the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.

The Kings have only been together for about two weeks following the liquidation drama in the build up to their campaign. But they showed on Friday night that they are not just in the competition to make up the numbers.

The Kings led the Bulls 14-0 after six minutes of their clash but made too many mistakes in the second half, which allowed the Bulls to run out 49-35 (halftime 28-25) winners in the end.

Kings captain Ricky Schroeder praised his team’s resilience after the defeat, but also lamented their mistakes, which cost them the match on the night.

“I’m really proud of our guys. We really came out guns blazing and we left everything out there on the field,” the Kings scrumhalf said. “We made some crucial mistakes at crucial times, but we are going to go back and work hard.

“We played against a classy side. The Bulls are really good and they have proven it throughout this Currie Cup. We just have to be clinical in certain areas.”

Despite the five points, Bulls captain Arno Botha wasn’t too thrilled about his team’s performance. The home side also made a lot of mistakes, and they seemed to lack a bit of intensity in the first half.

“We are a bit disappointed without display, we can’t afford to make so many mistakes. Credit to Kings, they were together for two weeks and they did put us under pressure,” the Bulls No 8 said.

Bulls flyhalf Tian Schoeman, though, praised his teammates for their fighting spirit after taking control in the second half and scoring seven tries on the night with their new attacking style of play.

“The Kings shocked us, we didn’t expect that. I’m glad we could bounce back and pull it through at the end,” Schoeman said.

“We are looking to play a bit more expansive rugby. We are going to score more tries, but tries are also going to be scored against us. It was an enjoyable night tonight.”

African News Agency

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