What a difference a week makes!
After last week’s humiliation at the hands of those Aussie Warratahs my Kings hosted the Highlanders this weekend, a team packed with All Blacks and boosted with the confidence of a victory just last week against the Sharks, but more about that later.
Remember my “Super season tickets” post back in February? The one where I explained that a local bar had 2 ‘royalty package’ season tickets to hand out as prizes for all home game? Guess who won them this week? Ha ha I can hear you all laughing, of course it was me!
Now as you know, I go to the games anyway, we always have great seats but these? These are special, plus the facilities which were still being constructed during my first visit (bar, restaurant, lounge, flat screen tv’s, big screen etc.) are now all in place. It really is a magnificent (royal (?)) way to watch rugby, or any sport for that matter.
So how did my Kings do this week?
Most here aren’t going to believe me but I assure you that I’m telling the truth we WON!
Not just any old win but a win with a bonus point for four tries.
My Kings were magnificent, it’s hard to pick out individual performances but our captain Luke Watson (starting his first game since our opening match where he left the field with a serious injury) was exceptional. He led the team well, scored our two first half tries (one right on the stroke of half time, always a great time to score) and his decision making was flawless. Our No. 8 Cornell du Preez was made man of the match but to be honest this was a performance in which any one of our 22 man squad could have walked up and collected the accolade.
My Kings were well ahead (34-17) with 20 minutes of the match remaining but those Highlanders made for a nervy ending, running in 2 late tries and were well on attack and looked like ruining our day and drawing level as the final hooter sounded, but not to be, a scrum infringement, a Kings penalty, boot the ball out and that was that (final score 34-27) You could here the collective sighs of relief as that last penalty was awarded followed by absolute rapturous jubilation that we’d won another 🙂
Not a bad crowd this week, the stadium announcer told us that there were just over 19,500 of us.
Here’s a short (11min) package showing all 8 tries, look out for Cornell du Preez’s offload to Bandise Maku in the build up to our 4th try (6:45) enjoy.
My Kings have a bye next week, good, we all need the break, our next game is against the Cheetahs, we have tickets for that match (row 9 on the aisle) exactly opposite these seats (row 10) that is of course unless I win these “royalty seats” again 😉