Have I mentioned how much I’m enjoying this year’s Super Rugby season?
As mentioned elsewhere, it was the turn of the New South Wales Waratahs to visit our shores. Our Kings have had a good record against Australian teams this year, in fact all 15 of our log points have come against Aussie opposition. (Wins against the Perth based Western Force and Melbourne Rebels and of course that last gasp draw against The ACT Brumbies)
Hopes were high, well mine were, for all of 30 seconds that is, for that is just how long it took for this Aussie outfit to score their first try!
After that? Believe it or not it got worse, they ran in try after try and for all of the first half consistently had more points on the board than minutes passed! Men against boys I kept thinking, it was really really difficult to watch. As a life long Eastern Province supporter (a team who’ve never won any top flight competition) I’m sort of used to losing, this wasn’t just ‘losing’ this was ‘annihilation!’
It wasn’t all doom and gloom, our new darling of E.P.rugby Sergeal Petersen got us out of our seats with a brilliant try just before half time, but I’m afraid that was all my Kings had to offer.
The second half continued much as the first, my Kings eventually losing 72 – 10.
The crowds are dwindling, this was our 5th home game of the campaign and our stadium was perhaps only a third full.
Another great night out, international rugby right on my doorstep (this Waratahs side is packed with current and future Wallabies, I’m sure many will feature against the British Lions next month.) It’s the Otago Highlanders (all the way from New Zealand) next week, I’ve tickets for that, here’s hoping my Kings can bounce back.