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Preview: Ospreys and Kings look for a catalyst

Avatar Joe Leavey 8 Nov 2019

Two sides in need of a result do battle in South Wales as Isuzu Southern Kings end their current European tour with a trip to Ospreys.

The hosts have won only once so far this season – a 24-20 triumph over Benetton Rugby back in Round 3 – while the Kings are yet to get off the mark, the sides sitting sixth and seventh in Conference A and B respectively.

Whilst still without their Welsh internationals – the likes of Alun Wyn Jones, George North and Justin Tipuric all recovering from their Rugby World Cup exploits – Allen Clarke has handed starts to summer signing Shaun Venter and Namibian international Lesley Klim – both of whom will feature at the Liberty Stadium for the first time.

The Kings, meanwhile, have been made to re-jig after a number of injuries hampered Robbi Kempson’s selection.

While neither JC Astle nor Rossouw de Klerk will travel, the South Africans welcome back skipper Howard Mnisi, while Scott van Breda – on a short-term loan deal from the Worcester Warriors – gets the nod in the back three.

Kick-off: At Liberty Stadium, Swansea | KO 15:00 UK, 17:00 SA, Saturday 9 November

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

Players to watch out for: Shaun Venter (Ospreys) and Howard Mnisi (Isuzu Southern Kings)

Ospreys and the Kings have shipped 159 and 190 points respectively in five matches of Guinness PRO14 action so far this season.

The neutrals will hope, therefore, for a points fest, and the Kings certainly have the fire power to deliver.

An explosive back three of Josiah Twum-Boafo, Christopher Hollis and the aforementioned van Breda will be augmented by the return of key man and skipper Mnisi in the midfield.

The Ospreys will hope that Venter’s maiden home outing at scrum-half will yield a greater control of things, that the experienced South African can help them keep hold of the ball and limit the Kings’ attacking opportunities.

Key stat: Kings are still yet to record a victory on the road in the Championship, whilst their only previous victory anywhere against a Welsh region was 45-13 at home to Dragons in March 2018.

Ospreys: Cai Evans, Hanno Dirksen, Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, Scott Williams, Lesley Klim, Luke Price, Shaun Venter, Rhodri Jones, Scott Otten, Tom Botha, Marvin Orie, Lloyd Ashley, Dan Lydiate (c), Olly Cracknell, Morgan Morris

Replacements: Sam Parry, Gareth Thomas, Ma’afu Fia, Guido Volpi, Sam Cross, Matthew Aubrey. James Hook, Tom Williams

Isuzu Southern Kings: Scott van Breda, Christopher Hollis, Erick Cronje, Howard Mnisi (c), Josiah Twum-Boafo, John-Thomas Jackson, Josh Allderman, Juan Schoeman, Jacques du Toit, Pieter Scholtz, Jerry Sexton, Bobby de Wee, Martinus Burger, Thembelani Bholi, Elrigh Louw

Replacements: Alandre van Rooyen, Xandre Vos, Lupumlo Mguca, Aston Fortuin, Ruaan Lerm, Sarel Pretorius, Siyabonga Masuku, Sibusiso Sithole


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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Report: Kings power past Ospreys for historic first away win

Avatar Joe Leavey 9 Nov 2019

Scott van Breda’s 11-point haul from the tee helped Isuzu Southern Kings pick up their first ever Guinness PRO14 away win, and first win of this season as they overcame Ospreys in South Wales.

It was an impressive performance form Robbi Kempson’s side in what were unfavourable rugby conditions in Swansea, scoring a clinical first-half try through Erich Cronje and defending aggressively to keep the hosts at bay.

Ospreys notched consolations through the impressive Morgan Morris and Hanno Dirksen to ensure an absorbing finale, but they failed to make sustained periods of second-half pressure pay and remain with just a solitary Guinness PRO14 victory this season.

Key moments

Both sides resorted to boot-heavy policies during the opening exchanges in what were slippery conditions, with kicking and catching errors characterising the first ten minutes.

The Kings grew progressively into the game, however, building momentum and having an Elrigh Louw try disallowed on 11 minutes after a Josh Allderman knock-on.

But they more than made up for that error just seconds later, when a brilliant team move involving Scott van Breda, John Jackson and Josiah Twum-Boafo set up outside centre Cronje who was able to run through to dot down with ease.

Allen Clarke’s team edged their way into the contest in response, using the battering ram of No.8 Morris to look for penetration but more often that not being thwarted by an aggressive Kings defence.

And after the first-half petered out into a largely cagey and error-strewn contest, van Breda extended Kings’ advantage with a massive boot from a penalty on the halfway line to make it 13-0 at the break.

The full-back notched another three points just after the break but Ospreys came out of the blocks quickly, dominating territory and eventually narrowing the deficit through the dangerous Morris who bulldozed over from close range.

And set-piece dominance became the order of the day for the hosts as the second period progressed, bullying Kempson’s side at the scrum to press home the superiority of their pack.

That led to points on 71 minutes, when Clarke’s side capitalised on Cronje being sent to the sin-bin with a clinical try from wing Dirksen – coolly converted by Luke Price – to tee up an absorbing finale.

And after James Hook missed two late penalties, Kings held on for a famous victory to get their season back on track.

Man of the match

For man of the match look no further than the majestic van Breda, who was imperious from the tee to help engineer a brilliant Kings victory.

The South African’s penalty on the stroke of half-time was slammed over from inside his own half, capping off an impressive display – he was also assured in all other departments – and making sure he functioned as a vital cog in the efficient Kings machine in South Wales.

Play of the day

For the most dazzling move of the match look no further than Kings’ first try, a brilliant hybrid of kicking and fluent passing to carve open a defiant Ospreys defence.

It was all started by van Breda who caught the ball from the restart, intelligently chipping over the first line of the hosts’ defence to unleash the charging cavalry.

And then Jackson and Twum-Boafo combined unerringly, eventually releasing the marauding figure of Cronje whose try opened up an early lead.


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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