Kings in history-making Canberra draw

The Kings outscored the Brumbies four tries to two in a 28-all draw.

The visitors scored long after the hooter to secure their first ever league points in Australia in their first attempt.

The Kings, through the draw and the four tries, got three league points.

Replacement flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis kicked a late conversion with the last kick of the game tostun the Brumbies in Canberra. The Brumbies led 19 – 14 at the break.

Jake White’s Brumbies, and yours truly, thought the game was over when Jaco Peyper blew the final whistle, but a TMO call on foul play saw the Kings get a reversed penalty and score four minutes after the hooter to draw an entertaining match.

The Kings showed they fully deserve to be in this competition, picking up important points away from home and scoring four tries to only two of the Brumbies. The Brumbies took full advantage of Jaco Peyper’s calls at the breakdown, kicking six penalties, and missing a fair few as well. The Kings looked good with ball in hand, got over the advantage line and caught the Brumbies off guard in terms of physicality.

The Brumbies got off to a good start and scored 13 unanswered points in the first quarter of the match. But courage and heart came from the Port Elizabeth team as they chipped away at the lead, scoring two tries before the break and forcing the Brumbies to kick penalties to stay ahead on the scoreboard.

The Kings showed the defensive performance we have expected from them, but matched that with an equally potent attack, getting over the advantage line and winning the collisions in the Brumbies half.

The Kings outplayed the Brumbies, and had Whitehead kicked a penalty most expected him to get, they could well have caused one of the tournament’s greatest upsets.

Not discounting the Kings performance, the Brumbies simply did not look up to the game. Once they were put under pressure, they panicked and simply threw it away.

The Kings play the Rebels in Melbourne and the Brumbies travel to New Zealand to take on the struggling Highlanders.