When Penxe’s wonder try helped the Kings down Edinburgh

Rich Dore
05 September 2019

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Every season brings with it some iconic moments, derby successes, final glory and match-winning tries.

Yaw Penxe scores

None was more dramatic last season than Yaw Penxe for the Isuzu Southern Kings, finishing off a length-of-the-field counter-attack to complete an unlikely victory against Edinburgh.

With just one win to their name to that point in the Guinness PRO14 season, the Kings entered the game at Madibaz Stadium in January as underdogs against a high-flying Edinburgh side.

However an early Bjorn Basson score showed they would not simply bow down, even if nothing could prepare supporters for the drama that was to come.

Basson’s finish was a beauty, chipping over the top after a clever break down the blindside and then winning the race to the bouncing ball.

That was after just five minutes, but Edinburgh responded almost immediately with a converted try from Chris Dean.

Still, it was the Kings who went into half-time with the momentum, leading 13-7 thanks to a pair of Masixole Banda penalties.

Edinburgh had the upper hand in the scrum, but it took until the hour for them to lead for the first time, a penalty try giving them a one-point advantage.

Ross Ford then went over from a rolling maul with eight minutes remaining, and it seemed the win was in the bag as Richard Cockerill’s side led 21-13.

However the Kings hit straight back, replacement Bader Pretorius bursting through after a Kings maul.

And that was when the drama started. From the restart Simon Hickey went deep, and from inside their 22, the Kings shifted the ball from left to right. Meli Rokoua spotted a gap and raced through, carrying the ball in one hand as he did so. And then after being clipped by a tap tackle, he threw the offload to Penxe outside him.

The winger had far too much pace for the covering defence, even a retreating Bill Mata, and went over in the corner for the match-winning score.

Edinburgh had no way back in the last three minutes, going down 25-21 in one of the Kings’ best wins since joining the Guinness PRO14.

The Scots will be desperate to avoid a repeat when the sides next meet at BT Murrayfield on January 4.

Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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