Watson praise for Kings' fans

Sun, 12 May 2013 11:07
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Southern Kings captain Luke Watson paid tribute their supporters as the Eastern Cape franchise registered their third Super Rugby win.

Southern Kings captain Luke Watson paid tribute their supporters as the Eastern Cape franchise registered their third Super Rugby win.

The Kings beat the Highlanders 34-27 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday - their first-ever win over a New Zealand franchise.

"A lot of credit must go to the crowd we got absolutely pumped last week [by the Waratahs] and to see this crowd [18 500] here - it's thanks to the supporters for turning up. We really appreciate the support.

"We were able to bounce back and showed a lot of character."

Coming off a 10-72 thrashing at the hands of the Waratahs, the Kings were under pressure going into the Highlanders match but produced one of their best performances to secure a bonus-point win.

Up 34-17 with 10 minutes to go, the Kings had to withstand a late surge from the New Zealand franchise before securing an important victory.

Watson, himself, showed much better form as he and fellow loose forwards Wimpie van der Walt and man of the match Cornell du Preez played key roles in the victory.

The skipper scored two tries from driving mauls, the second coming on the stroke of half-time when they spurned the chance of three points by kicking a penalty to the touchline.

"We don't have much to lose and we have to take some risks," Watson said.

"in this match it came off and if it hadn't the coach would have wrung my neck."

Watson also praised the younger players in the team, many of whom are experiencing their first season of Super Rugby.

"It's unbelievable to have the younger guys coming through," he said.

"Take a guy like Cornell du Preez he's playing his first season of Super Rugby and has been one of the best loose forwards of the competition, so I'm just lucky to have my place back.

"To have so many youngsters coming through speaks volumes for the talent in this region."

Watson said the team were now looking forward to "kicking our feet up" with a bye next weekend.

For visiting captain Andrew Hore, it was another disappointing result in a season in which the Highlanders have registered just one victory.

"We just gave away too many penalties and they kicked for the line and had some pretty good mauls," Hore said.

"It's pretty disappointing to come all this way and come second again, but we have seven days to regroup and take on the Bulls next weekend."

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Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
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Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10