Franco du Plessis, the lock of KES on the charge (Photo Credit: Theo Garran)
King Edward scored six second-half tries to beat St Stithians 54-31 on Saturday, but they were given quite a fright by a spirited home side and were made to work a lot harder for the victory than the scoreline may suggest.
KES, fresh from their impressive victory over Jeppe last weekend, and their 1st ever win against Affies the week before, were expected to win this one easily, No-one told Saints that, however, and they stormed out of the blocks, tackling anything in red that moved, contesting the breakdowns furiously and running hard and straight.
The upshot was that KES was harried into mistakes and Saints capitalised, matching them try for try in the first half and going into the halftime break 17-14 ahead, with the whiff of a major upset in the air. This was reinforced when the home side was first on the scoreboard in the second half, extending their lead to 24-14.
It was not to be, however, as KES began to take command in the forward exchanges and to protect the ball a lot better. They began spreading the ball wide and supported the carriers, which led to the next four tries in a row putting them 40-24 ahead.
Saints then pulled one try back, providing a glimmer of hope, but KES added two more, late in the game.
It was an impressive win by a Reds team that didn’t really gel and Saints deserve credit for the way in which they stuck to their task and pressurised their more-fancied opponents into mistakes.
Saints travel to Jeppe next weekend, while KES have their local derby against neighbours, St John’s.
KES: Tries: Ethan Fisher (2), NgiaSelengbe, Nick Harris, Joseph Lye, Lido Ncusane, EulonRedcliffe, Josh Nkomo. Conversions: Redcliffe (7).
St Stithians: Tries: Tandiwanshe Murewa, KaraboMoahlodi, YenamZonzoua, TakudzwaMatipano. Penalty: Moahlodi. Conversions: Moahlodi (4).
Article by: Theo Garrun