Southern Kings crash to third consecutive PRO14 defeat

John Cooney of Ulster during the Guinness Pro14 match between Isuzu Southern Kings and Ulster at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on October 12, 2019 in Port Elizabeth
John Cooney of Ulster during the Guinness Pro14 match between Isuzu Southern Kings and Ulster at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on October 12, 2019 in Port Elizabeth
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The Isuzu Southern Kings crashed to a third consecutive Guinness PRO14 defeat when they went down 42-17 against Ulster at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

After losing against Cardiff Blues and Munster in their opening games, the pressure had been on the Kings to deliver a win on home turf.

However, they were condemned to another defeat by a rampant Ulster side who led 35-10 at the break.

There was trouble for the Kings from as early as defeat the first minute when Ulster scrumhalf John Cooney went over for a try to put the home team on the back foot.

Further tries from Luke Marshall and Rob Herring propelled Ulster into a healthy 21-3 lead after only 16 minutes as the Kings battled to keep the Irish side at bay.

Taking full advantage of the Kings’ frail defence, Ulster enjoyed a 33-3 lead after 32 minutes as they continued to punch holes in the home team’s frail defence.

The Kings showed more enterprise in the second half, but any hopes of a home win had already been snuffed out by halftime.

Scorers:

Southern Kings 17:

Tries: Tertius Kruger, Aston Fortuin. Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis, JT Jackson. Penalty: Demetri Catrakilis

Ulster 42:

Tries: John Cooney (2), Luke Marshall, Rob Herring, Matt Faddes, Sean Reidy. Conversions: John Cooney (6).

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