Isuzu Southern Kings V Edinburgh
Edinburgh fell to a disappointing defeat at the hands of Southern Kings this evening as the South African side scored two late tries to snatch a last-gasp win at the Madibaz Stadium.
Although the Kings led 13-7 at the break, the capital side controlled the majority of possession in the second-half and shot out to a 13-21 lead with only six minutes remaining.
However, when James Johnstone was sent to the bin after the centre was deemed to have killed the ball at the breakdown, the hosts struck back to make it a one-point game with only 3 minutes left on the clock.
And disaster struck on the 78thminute as the Kings broke from their own half to score a length of the field winning score – sending the Madibaz Stadium wild.
The loss frustratingly means Edinburgh miss out on the chance to leapfrog their rivals in to second place in Conference B.
Speaking following the match, Head Coach Richard Cockerill vented his frustration at the result, but admitted his side were the architects of their own downfall.
“We did enough to win the game, and then you conceded two tries with five or six minutes to go. And you get what you deserve.
“It was an opportunity for us to get ahead of the guys around about us and we missed that opportunity. Nobody but ourselves to blame. The two teams battled hard, and Kings did some pretty good things and we congratulate them on that.
“However, we can’t blame the referee or anything like that. We had our opportunities to win the game and we just didn’t take them.”
Edinburgh fell behind after only five minutes when Bjorn Basson collected his own chip and chase to dot down over the whitewash.
The lead was to last only five-minute, however as recent Scotland call-up Chris Dean collected an inside-pass from Henry Pyrgos to barge his way over the whitewash, levelling proceedings.
But the Kings’ Maxisole Banda would knock over a further two penalties to give his side a 13-7 lead at the break.
The capital side shot out of the blocks to start the second-half and soon had the hosts on the back foot.
Despite knocking on over the line following a 32-phase attack, Edinburgh would eventualy take the lead after a powerful scrum gave the referee no other option but to award the penalty try.
And the capital side would extend their lead only minutes later, with the pack once again proving their worth in crunch time.
Replacement Ross Ford was the man to dot down after the big men up front expertly steered a lineout drive over the whitewash.
The joy was to be short lived, however. After Bader Pretorious muscled his way over to make it a one-point game, the Kings’ Yaw Penxe scored the try of the match to seal the dramatic victory.
“We had multiple opportunities in the first-half to score,” added Cockerill. But we didn’t, and in and around that there is some refereeing where he just penalises, and penalises and penalises them, but doesn’t take anyone away from the field.
“We got what we deserved in the end. That’s our own fault.”
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