Courageous Kings claim tour win

Demetri Catrakilis landed a drop goal after the hooter to claim the Kings’ first overseas victory.

The teams were square at half time as well, at 17-all, before the match finished 30 – 27 in favour of the Kings.

The Kings once again came from behind to rattle an Australian team, this week pulling off a victory instead of drawing level.

It was a fast start for the Kings, who scored two quick tries and running out to a fourteen point lead. Ronnie Cooke was the first to dot down, getting over in the corner after a good backline move. A moment of brilliance from Shaun Venter saw him dummy what must have been the entire Rebels team, running in from the half way line to dot down.

This only seemed to spur the Rebels on, who were on the attack for what felt like the entire first half, replaying with two tries of their own. The Kings had less than 30% of the possession, yet they were level at the break. The Rebels would have felt disappointed to be behind after the amount of ball they had.

This trend continued in the second half, with the Rebels pulling away to a ten point lead after Mitch Inman dotted down. It was his first try in 39 matches, the longest dry run for a centre in Australia. This lead was exactly what the Kings needed as they threw caution to the wind and attacked with all they had.

They finally got a decent amount of possession in the final ten minutes, which saw them turn down multiple kicks at goal, knowing that a try was the only thing that would pull them level, which they got through Wimpie van der Walt. The Rebels did themselves no favours by kicking the restart out on the full, which allowed the Kings to work their way into the Rebels 22m, which saw Catrakilis kick the winning drop goal after the hooter.

The Kings did not look to be in this match for long periods, but they made their little possession count with clinical finishing, and this led to them getting their first ever away victory. The Kings now find themselves on 15 log points, a mammoth nine points ahead of the lowest placed Highlanders. The Kings now return home to host the Bulls while the Rebels have a bye.

By Richard Ferguson