The Kings upset the Stormers 13-3 in their friendly match in Knysna on Friday.
The Kings accepted this match to help them stay active during the two-week break in play in the PRO14, while the Stormers entered into this clash as part of their preparations for the arduous Vodacom Super Rugby season which kicks off in two weeks’ time.
With the rain bucketing down in Knysna, both teams initially struggled to make inroads. But it was the Kings who adapted the quickest of the two sides.
The Stormers were understandably a little rusty, especially considering the sudden turnaround in the weather – having gone from warm and sunny conditions in Cape Town to a wet and windy Knysna.
The Kings led 7-3 at the midway mark and extended that advantage with two second-half penalties for an unassailable 13-7 lead.
The Stormers take on the Sharks on SuperHero Sunday and the Kings’ next match is against the Cheetahs in Port Elizabeth on 25 January.
Stormers – 15 David Kriel, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Michal Hazner, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Johan du Toit, 7 De Wet Marais, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 Ben-Jason Dixon, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Frans Malherbe (c), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Subs: 16 Schalk Erasmus, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 DJ Putter, 19 Ruan Laubser, 20 Hannes Gous, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Abner van Reenen, 23 Sihle Njezula, 24 Lyle Hendricks.
Kings – 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Christopher Hollis, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Tertius Kruger, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Bader Pretorius, 9 Theo Maree, 8 Lusanda Badiyana, 7 Bobby de Wee, 6 Luyolo Dapula, 5 JC Astle (c), 4 Gideon van Niekerk, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Alandre van Rooyen, 1 Xandre Vos.
Subs: 16 Robin Stevens, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Ig Prinsloo, 19 Aston Fortuin, 20 Jerry Sexton, 21 Riaan Olivier, 22 Stefan Ungerer, 23 Courtney Winnaar, 24 JT Jackson, 25 Edmund Ludik, 26 Andell Loubser.
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