Wales down spirited Eastern Province Kings

Wales started their tour of South Africa with a comfortable 12-34 victory over a spirited Eastern Province Kings side in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

Wales ran in five tries to make a winning start to their three-match South African
tour at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, in Port Elizabeth, on Tuesday.

The tourists, who play South Africa in Durban on Saturday in the opening test,
led 17-0 at half-time and crossed three more times in the second half to complete
a satisfactory outing against an out-gunned but spirited Kings outfit.

Darron Nell’s home team, who probably made too many handling errors and missed
too many tackles for their own liking, never gave up the fight and were rewarded
with tries by wing Siviwe Soyizwapi in the 57th minute and replacement prop
Simon Kerrod in the 79th minute. Flyhalf George Whitehead added a conversion.

While the Kings had their moments, they battled to break down a committed Welsh
defence, and when they coughed up the ball, the tourists were quick to take
advantage. EP kicked several penalties for five-metre lineouts, but only managed
to force their way over in the dying moments of the game.

The Welsh, led by flank Dan Lydiate, were strong up front and dangerous from
the back where fullback Matthew Morgan often showed his balanced and elusive
running, rather than kicking the ball back to the home side.

A strong forward surge from a five-metre lineout led to the first try by Josh
Turnbull. This was followed by a period of complete territorial dominance and
it was no surprise when the gaps eventually opened and centre Cory Allen crossed
for their second try. Flyhalf James Hook added two conversions and a penalty
to make it 17-0 at the break.

The second half started with a burst of Welsh scoring as Hook gathered a chip
to score under the crossbar and then wing Alex Cuthbert outpaced the cover defence
after the visitors made good use of turnover possession to take the score to
29-0 in the 47th minute.

The Kings then gave the home fans some cheer when Soyizwapi darted over in
the righthand corner, but Gareth Davies confirmed Wales’s class when he crossed
for their fifth try five minutes later.

In all, it was a solid performance by the Welsh, but they know they face a
far more daunting prospect in Durban.

Final Score EP Kings 12 Wales 34


EP Kings
Tries: Soyizwapi, Kerrod
Con: Whitehead

Tries: Turnbull, Allen, Hook, Cuthbert, G Davies
Con: Hook 3
Pen: Hook

Match Officials
Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Christie du Preez (South Africa), Rodney Bonaparte (South Africa)


EP Kings: 15 Hansie Greeff, 14 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Scott van Breda, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Kevin Luiters, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Devin Oosthuizen, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Darron Nell (capt), 3 Charl du Plessis, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements: 16 Albe de Swardt, 17 BG Uys, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Steven Cummins, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Jaco Grobler, 22 Dwayne Jenner, 23 Ntabeni Dukisa.

Wales: 15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Cory Allen, 12 Steven Shingler, 11 Jordan Williams, 10 James Hook, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Dan Baker, 7 Josh Turnbull, 6 Dan Lydiate (c), 5 Ian Evans, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Rhodri Jones, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Paul James.

Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Aaron Jarvis, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Luke Charteri

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