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Preview: Kings and Red Army do battle in the south

Avatar Joe Leavey 4 Oct 2019

While there were differing results for Munster and the Isuzu Southern Kings in Round 1 of the Guinness PRO14, performances from both bore something of a similarity.

The Kings led for over an hour against the Cardiff Blues but a late charge turned the tables in favour of their opponents, and they will be keen to enact revenge when Munster come to town.

Their task will not be an easy one however, with last season’s semi-finalists fresh from a crushing triumph over the Dragons.

Munster won their last four regular season games at the back-end of last year but a trip to South Africa is never easy, with the hosts looking to make the most of home-field advantage.

Kick-off: Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth | 15:00 UK, 16:00 SA, Saturday 5 October

How to watch: Live on SuperSport, DAZN, eir Sport and Premier Sports

Players to watch out for: Lusanda Badiyana (Kings), Shane Daly (Munster)

Shane Daly showed why so many in Munster circles are talking him up as the next big thing with a man-of-the-match display against the Dragons.

He is again named on the left wing and will relish the chance to stretch his legs in the Port Elizabeth sea breeze.

The Kings, on the other hand, are without star man JC Astle, ruled out with a stomach ailment, so in comes Lusanda Badiyana to skipper; he will certainly have a big armband to fill on Saturday.

Key stat: The two sides have met on two previous occasions with Munster winning both contests – including a 39-22 victory against Kings in at Outeniqua Park, George, in April 2018.

Isuzu Southern Kings: Masixole Banda, Andell Loubser, Tertius Kruger, JT Jackson, Courtney Winnaar, Demetri Catrakilis, Stefan Ungerer, Juan Schoeman, Alandre van Rooyen, Pieter Scholtz, Jerry Sexton, Aston Fortuin, Lusanda Badiyana (C), Tienie Burger, Ruaan Lerm

Replacements: Jacques du Toit, Alulutho Tshakweni, Rossouw de Klerk, Bobby de Wee, Elrigh Louw, Josh Allderman, Sibusiso Sithole, Josiah Twum-Boafo

Munster: Mike Haley, Darren Sweetnam, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Shane Daly, JJ Hanrahan, Alby Mathewson, Liam O’Connor, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer, Darren O’Shea, Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Donoghue, Tommy O’Donnell (C), Arno Botha

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, James Cronin, Jeremy Loughman, Jed Holloway, Billy Holland, Neil Cronin, Tyler Bleyendaal, Chris Cloete


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.

Historical Lineup Pre Opta (sfms data) - Preview - v2

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Report: Munster made to work hard for bonus-point triumph at Kings

Avatar Luke Baker 5 Oct 2019

Munster’s suffocating defence and efficiency in attack helped them to a battling bonus-point win as they made it two victories from two by beating the Isuzu Southern Kings in South Africa.

The only try of an attritional first half came from Mike Haley and although Stefan Ungerer’s score just after the interval briefly gave the Kings the lead, Munster tightened up and ran in three further tries through Alby Mathewson, Fineen Wycherley and Arno Botha.

That victory followed the opening-round 39-9 triumph over Dragons, while a second-half blitz from the opposition cost Kings for a second week running – having gone down 31-27 to Cardiff Blues in Round 1 – as their search for a first-ever win over Munster goes on.

Key moments

JJ Hanrahan and Demetri Catrakilis exchanged early penalties before the visitors delivered the first telling blow on 20 minutes as they spread the ball wide, Dan Goggin drew the last defender and fed Haley for the score.

A second Catrakilis penalty from in front of the sticks narrowed the deficit to 10-6 and despite an end-to-end open game, that’s how it stayed until half-time.

But the Kings flew out of the blocks after the break as Masixole Banda jinked past two defenders, popped to Jacques du Toit and he released scrum-half Ungerer to power over, with Catrakilis’s conversion giving them a three-point advantage.

The Kings fly-half then sent a long-range penalty the wrong side of the right upright and Munster made him pay as Goggin’s dart was stopped inches short of the line, only for scrum-half Mathewson to dive over.

Darren Sweetnam dropped a pinpoint Haley pass with the try-line at his mercy as both sides’ handling became sloppy but Kings’ woes in the final 20 minutes of games continued as the visitors pulled away.

Wycherley had just enough to reach the try line from close range on 67 minutes before the bonus point was secured three minutes later when Kevin O’Byrne’s quick pop to Botha enabled the No.8 to power over.

The Kings had the final say as Elrigh Louw threw a dummy and dived over from close range after 14 attacking phases but they weren’t able to grab a third try and earn a losing bonus point.

Man of the match

Shane Daly put in his second man-of-the-match display in as many games this season, as the left winger was a constant threat with ball in hand.

Although he didn’t cross the whitewash, the former Irealnd 7s star made 115 metres and showed the sort of ability that has so many people talking him up as a superstar of the future.

Play of the day

It ultimately counted for nought but the Kings’ first try was the most impressive of the match and demonstrated the sort of ability they have with ball in hand.

The electric Banda handed off one defender and slipped inside another before popping the ball up to Du Toit, who showed lovely hands for a hooker to feed Ungerer and the scrum-half pumped his legs to power clear of the defence and dot down.


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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