The hastily assembled EP Kings put up a plucky first half display before they went down 28-10 against the Boland Cavaliers in a Currie Cup Premier Division match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium last night.
Considering the team had their first training session only on Monday, EP showed plenty of fight and were rewarded for their efforts with a late consolation try by Johann Tromp in the 74th minute.
EP’s newly appointed head coach, Barend Pieterse, has already described the upcoming Currie Cup campaign as a sort of “mission impossible”, but he will have taken some positives out of last night’s showing despite the defeat.
It was the Kings who made the faster start to the match and they had the Bolanders on the back foot in the opening 15 minutes as they took the fight to the visitors.
The Kings were reduced to 14 men in the 18th minute when big lock Tazz Fuzani was yellow-carded by referee Rodney Bonaparte for a dangerous tackle.
In the opening stages, the game swung from end to end with both teams unafraid to give the ball air as they attempted to break the deadlock.
It took until the 24th minute for the first points to be registered.
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