Kings finish strong

Keo.co.za wraps up the Currie Cup first division results from this weekend.

The Kings maintained their unbeaten record by rebounding from a 21-point deficit against the Pumas to earn a 26-all draw. The Port Elizabeth crowd thought their team were out of it with 25 minutes to play, but they ran in three tries in the last 23 minutes for a result that sees them top the log and bank a home semi-final. The Pumas will host the other play-off.

The Leopards were made to sweat by Border after taking a 31-14 lead into half-time. The men from the Eastern Cape broke loose in the second half but just couldn’t finish off, losing 43-40. The Leopards move into third position.

The Valke and Boland were out of contention for a semi-final place and through caution to the wind in a 52-all draw in which both sides scored eight tries.

The Griffons kept their semi-final hopes alive with a 50-49 win over SWD in Welkom after trailing by six points with three minutes to go. Japie Nel scored late and flyhalf Hansie Graaff converted from close to the left touchline.

EP Kings – Tries: Marcello Sampson, Tiger Mangweni, Luke Watson (2); Conversions: George Whitehead (3).
Pumas – Tries: JW Jonker, Coenie van Wyk; Conversions: JC Roos (2); Penalties: Roos (4).

Border – Tries: Chumani Booi, Niell Jacobs (2), Penalty Try, Gareth Krause, Joe Seerane; Conversions: Reinhardt Gerber (5).
Leopards – Tries: Allister Kettledas (2), Hennie Skorbinski, Justin St Jerry, Malan van der Merwe, Brendan Snyman; Conversions: Andre Pretorius (5); Penalty: Pretorius.

Valke – Tries – Karlo Aspeling, Hendrik Meyer (2), Frederic Eksteen, Juan Kotze, Bruce Muller, Sandile Ngcobo, Baksteen van Heerden; Conversions: Aspeling (2), Juan Kotze (4).
Boland – Tries: Elgar Watts, Eric Zana, Vainon Willis (2), Jacquin Jansen, Brendon April, Juwell Samuels, Siviwe Magaba; Conversions: Watts (6).

Griffons – Tries: Japie Nel (2), Nicky Steyn, Hansie Graaff, Shane Hancke, Sarel Louw, Werner Griesel. Conversions: Graaff (6). Penalty: Graaff.
SWD Eagles – Tries: Ghafoer Luckan (3), Elric van Vuuren, Alshaun Bock, Nicolaas Hanekom, Dumisane Meslane, Mzoxolo Dyantyi. Conversions: Burton Francis (2), Van Vuuren. Penalties: Francis.