Kings closer to home semi

Keo.co.za wraps up the weekend’s Currie Cup First Division action.

The Kings took a significant step towards a home semi-final with a nine-try 60-19 demolition of the Griffons in Port Elizabeth. Luke Watson scored a hat-trick to drive his side to a victory that leaves them well placed with just two rounds to play.

The Kings are eight points ahead of the Pumas, who thumped Border 41-10 in Nelspruit. Meanwhile, the tournament’s lading try scorers, Leopards man Allister Kettledas, scored a hat-trick in his side’s comprehensive 57-22 victory over the Valke in Potchefstroom.

SWD kept their hopes of a semi-final alive with a 42-38 victory over Boland in Wellington. They are fifth, two points off the Griffons.

EP Kings 60 – Tries: Luke Watson (3), Cornell du Preez, Paul Perez, Siyanda Grey, SP Marais, Tiger Mangweni. Conversions: George Whitehead (6) Penalties: Whitehead.
Griffons 19 – Tries: Cameron Jacobs, Hannes Strydom, Nicky Steyn. Conversion: Hansie Graaff.

Pumas 41 – Tries: Coenie van Wyk, Shaun Venter (2), JW Jonker, Wilhelm Loock. Conversions: Naas Olivier (4), Carl Bezuidenhout. Penalties: Olivier (2).
Border 10 - Try: Neill Jacobs. Conversion: Reinhardt Gerber. Penalty: Gerber.

Leopards 57 – Tries: Juan Pretorius, Adriaan Engelbrecht (2), Allister Kettledas (3), Gerhard Nortier, Morne Hanekom. Conversions: Andre Pretorius (6), Ernest Nortje. Penalty: Pretorius.
Valke 22 – Tries: JW Bell, Anrich Richter, Sandile Ngcobo. Conversions: Karlo Aspeling (2). Penalty: Juan Kotze.

Boland 38 – Tries: Cornal Hendricks, Bolla Conradie, PJ van Zyl, Nolan Clark, Elgar Watts. Conversions: Watts (5). Penalty: Watts.
SWD Eagles 42 – Tries: Dumisane Meslane, Wilhelm Koch, Ghafoer Luckan, Lyndon Hartnick, Grant le Roux. Conversions: Elric van Vuuren (4). Penalties: Van Vuuren (3).