Kenyans shock Kings

Vodacom Cup debutants Tusker Simba XV beat the EP Kings 17-10 in their first game on Saturday.

The Kings were first to score when flanker Claude Tshidibi dotted down from a lineout maul. The Kenyans hit back through a try from winger Leonard Mugaisi to level the scores at 5-5, and this is how it remained at half-time.

Mugaisi scored again early in the second half, before hooker Maxwell Kangu added the Kenyans' third. Replacement Kings prop Pieter Stemmet scored a late try, but the Kenyans held on for a memorable victory.

In other results on Saturday, the Griffons thrashed the Limpopo Blue Bulls 62-10, the Free State XV beat SWD 52-37, Griquas edged the Blue Bulls 26-24, and Western Province beat the Boland Kavaliers 16-8.

In Friday's results, the Golden Lions were made to work hard for their 18-16 victory over the Leopards XV. Pumas beat Valke 26-6 and the Sharks XV thrashed the Border Bulldogs 46-24.

Tusker Simba XV (17) Tries: Leonard Mugaisi (2), Maxwell Kangu. Conversion: Kenny Andola.
EP Kings (10) Tries: Claude Tshidibi, Pieter Stemmet.

Griffons (62) – Tries: AJ Le Roux (2), Japie Nel (2), Martin Sithole, Nicky Steyn (2), Norman Nelson, Sheldon Erasmus (2). Conversions: Wynand Pienaar (5), Tertius Maarman.
Limpopo (10) – Tries: Divan Cronje, Koning Janse van Rensburg.

Free State XV (52) – Tries: Henco Greyling, Nhlanhla Mlondobozi, Nicolaas Lee, Niel Marais, Riaan Smit, Sino Ganto.Conversions: Riaan Smit (3), Niel Marais (2). Penalties: Marais, Smit (3).
SWD (37) Tries: Penalty try, Mzwanele Zito (2), Mzo Dyantyi, Hentzwill Pedro (2). Conversions: Karlo Aspeling (3), Layle Delo (1). Penalties: Aspeling (2). Drop Goal: Aspeling.

Griquas (26) Tries: Tian Meyer, Ederies Arendse. Conversions: Nico Scheepers, Tian Meyer. Penalties: Francois Brummer, Joe Jansen. Drop goal: Brummer.
Blue Bulls (24) Tries: Penalty try, William Small-Smith. Conversion: Louis Fouche. Penalty: Fouche (4).

Western Province (16) Tries: Devon Williams (2). Conversions: Gary van Aswegen. Penalties: Van Aswegen (3).
Boland (8) Try: Martin Dreyer. Penalty: Eric Zana.

Golden Lions (18) Tries: Thabo Mabuza (2). Conversion: Guy Cronje. Penalties: Cronje, Willie du Plessis.
Leopards XV (16) Try: Rowayne Beukman. Conversions: Gerhard Nortier. Penalties: Nortier (2), SW Oosthuizen.

Sharks XV (46) Tries: Andre Esterhuizen, Hansie Graaff, Neil Kobus Maritz, Peet Marais, Thomas Joubert du Toit, Wiehahn Herbst. Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (5). Penalties: Zeilinga (2).
Border (24) Tries: Wandile Putuma, Makazole Maphimpi, Lolo Waka. Conversions: Jeff Taljard (3). Penalty: Taljard.

Pumas (26) – Tries: Jerome Pretorius (2). Conversions: JC Roos (2). Penalties: Roos (4).
Valke (6) Penalties: Cecil Dumond (2).

Photo: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images