The Southern Kings outplayed the Melbourne Rebels 44-3 in Port Elizabeth on Saturday evening to record their biggest Vodacom Super Rugby victory and to register consecutive wins in the competition for the first time.
The Kings returned to Port Elizabeth on the back of a thrilling 26-24 win over the Waratahs in Sydney last weekend and they delivered an even better performance on Saturday night to score a big win over the Rebels in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The Rebels had 61 percent possession – 69 percent in the first half – but could not register a try.
Their attack was one dimensional and picked off with ease by a Kings team that has new found confidence following their win in Sydney against the Waratahs.
According to Rebels coach Tony McGahan the absence of a third scrumhalf in South Africa hampered the Rebels’ capacity to apply pressure on the Kings.
Nic Stirzaker injured his ankle the night before game day so Mick Snowden was handed the starting gig, but when he limped off with an ankle injury the Rebels lost all attacking shape.
The bottom of the Australian Conference Rebels on 7 points managed to hold the bottom of the Africa Conference 2 log Southern Kings on 15 points to 11-3 at halftime and then lost the plot to allow the Southern Kings to redeem pride and gain a bonus point on their way to a 44-3 win.
- Southern Kings 44 (11) – Tries: Wandile Mjekevu, Martin Bezuidenhout, Tyler Paul, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, Makazole Mapimpi, Masixole Banda; Conversions: Lionel Cronje, De Wet (3); Penalties: Cronje (2)
- Melbourne Rebels 3 (3) – Penalty: Reece Hodge.