The Kings’ controversial road to Super Rugby was met with a satisfying first win, as the team beat the Western Force in a convincing 22-10 win.
The scoring began in the 14th minute, when a kick over the top by Kings scrumhalf Shaun Venter was neglected by the Force defence, and Kings winger Sergeal Petersen pounced on the opportunity, snatched the ball and dived over the tryline. Catrakilis missed the initial conversion.
Shortly after, the Western Force hit back and Pek Cowan picked up from a ruck and bashed over to seal his team a hard-earned try. The conversion from the Force was also unsuccessful.
Some incredibly quick hands from Winston Stanley put Force winger Alfie Mafi over in the corner for his third try of the season.
The Kings fans look to have a new hero in PE, as Sergeal Petersen used his strength and speed to hand-off a Force defender and propel himself towards the right corner.
Rugby Informer player of the match: Sergeal Petersen – the teenage winger proved that hard work and persistence pays off. His two tries showed his strength, speed and reading of the game, and Petersen will undoubtedly become a favourite in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Tries: Petersen 2
Pens: Catrakilis 4
Tries: Cowan, Mafi