The Southern Kings bagged a 33-28 victory over the Sunwolves in a fast-paced Super Rugby encounter at the windy Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Satureday. The Kings are on a mission to collect as many points as they possibly can since they had a disastrous start to their campaign and this encounter was no exclusion. The Japanese side on the other hand was looking for nothing but a victory since they have lost all their encounters in their maiden season.
The visitors kicked off this clash but it was the home side to dirty the score sheet first through captain Steven Sykes’ try. It proved to be a high scoring encounter by the 20th minute with the visitors were trailing 15-3. In the 22nd minute, the travelling side scored a try of their own through their captain, Shota Horie.
With the deficit cut, the Asian franchise looked well on their way but still trailed 23-20 at half-time. After the restart, the away side looked more solid at the back but managed to parry everything coming their way. In the 55th minute, Tusi Pisi levelled matters with a well taken penalty. Soon after the spot kick, the Eastern Cape outfit scored a penalty of their own to take a 26-23 lead to the hour mark.
There was nothing to choose between the two sides in the second stanza as it was not an affair of many points as was the case in the first. The two sides looked to settle for the scoreline on the board until the 78th minute when Elgar Watts scored a try to ensure a 33-28 score in favour of the Port Elizabethans.