Edinburgh dominate woeful Kings
PRO14 MATCH REPORT: Edinburgh recorded their eighth win of the season with a 37-7 bonus-point victory over the South African side the Southern Kings.
In a hailstorm at Myreside tries from Grant Gilchrist, Blair Kinghorn, Duhan van der Merwe, Cameron Fenton and Dougie Fife wrapped up a bonus-point triumph for the hosts.
Ntabeni Dukisa got the Southern Kings on the board with a late consolation try but Edinburgh’s impressive home record was never really threatened – their only defeat as hosts this season remains when Benetton Rugby were the visitors in round three.
Despite not having played a PRO14 game in more than a month, the Kings showed no signs of ring rust as they started the stronger at Myreside, setting up camp in the home 22.
However, they failed to turn territory into points as the Edinburgh defence held firm on their own line and flyhalf Kurt Coleman pulled a relatively straightforward tenth-minute penalty wide of the left upright.
As Edinburgh finally gained a foothold in the game, Jaco van der Walt slotted a three-pointer midway through the first half and that seemed to galvanise the hosts as they ran in two tries shortly after.
The first was slightly fortuitous as towering lock Gilchrist charged down a box kick from Rudi van Rooyen in his own 22, hinted at a previous life as a handy footballer by delicately tapping the ball round the covering Coleman and fell on it over the line in the right corner.
Van der Walt missed the tricky conversion but made no such mistake two minutes later following a try started and finished by Kinghorn.
The talented fullback making the initial electrifying break before Chris Dean kicked through the onrushing Kings defence, allowing Kinghorn to race away and drop on the ball in the in-goal area.
The 15-0 half-time advantage became 18-0 early in the second period as van der Walt added another penalty before the Kings were ironically undone by a South African connection on 58 minutes.
Van der Walt lobbed a pass wide to his compatriot van der Merwe who touched down in the corner to put the result beyond any doubt at 25-0.
It took 71 minutes for Edinburgh to secure the four-try bonus point and it came from an inexorable driving maul right up the middle of the field, which Fenton guided over the line for the score.
Shortly after, a dinked kick into the corner was not handled by Edinburgh defence and Dukisa opportunistically dotted down for a Kings' consolation but the Scots would have the last laugh in similar circumstances right on full-time.
Van der Walt grubber kicked through and although Masixole Banda looked perfectly placed to deal with the danger, he missed the ball when trying to dive on it allowing Fife to gleefully touch down for Edinburgh’s fifth and final try.
Tries: Gilchrist, Kinghorn, Van der Merwe, Fenton, Fife
Cons: Van der Walt 3
Pens: Van der Walt 2
For Southern Kings:
Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Murray McCallum, 2 Stuart McInally (captain), 1 Jordan Lay.
Replacements: 16 Cameron Fenton, 17 Elliot Millar-Mills, 18 Matt Shields, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Viliame Mata, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Chris Dean, 23 Damien Hoyland.
Southern Kings: 15 Ntabeni Dukisa, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Martin du Toit, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Martinus Burger, 6 Eitel Bredenkamp, 5 Dries van Schalkwyk, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Tango Balekile, 17 Njabulo Gumede, 18 Pieter Scholtz, 19 Lindokuhle Welemu, 20 Freddy Ngoza, 21 Gouws Rowan/Godlen Masimla, 22 Harlon Klaasen, 23 Masixole Banda.
Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Mike Adamson, Sam Grove-White (Scotland)
TMO: Neil Paterson (Scotland)