Stephen Watson presents live Pro14 coverage from South Africa as Ulster take on the Southern Kings at the Wolfson Stadium in Kwazakhele.
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Ulster are in South Africa for the
very first time. Today they take on
the Southern Kings, who are yet to
register a point in the new look pro
14. All-star arrive on the back of
two defeats, can they turn their
fortunes around this afternoon? It
is a round aid from the Wolfson
Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
Good afternoon, it is they want PMK
coffee, 3pm in South Africa. Stephen
Ferris and Ian Humphreys join us for
the game today. But let's bring you
up to date with what has happened so
far this weekend in the Pro 14, and
what a game in Scotland last night.
Glasgow defeated Leinster, this was
the try of the game, sure to be a
contender for try of the season, a
scintillating break by Glasgow to
set up a touchdown for Nick Greg.
Quite a game, with 42 points scored
in the opening 25 minutes. This was
Glasgow's fourth try to secure a
bonus point. After sprinting the
length of the field, Matawalu
probably could have scored himself
but unselfishly let Nick Greg
Glasgow are top of conference A,
Munster second. The scholar 's go
top of conference be, the Dave
Redding -- leapfrogging Leinster.
Ulster was a chance to go second
after last week's defeated Leinster
and after what we just saw Glasgow
do to Leinster, how important is
about Ulster get back to winning
A few weeks ago that would not
have been as much pressure, but over
the last couple of weeks they have
put so much pressure on these guys,
they have moved the venue to a
different place, just to try to get
the crowd to get behind the Kings. I
am not sure of that will happen, the
page does not look great. Everything
is behind Ulster -- against Ulster,
but they have two focus. It is just
another page, another set of lines,
and at the stadium, another game of
rugby. They have to play, but huge
pressure and if the result goes
against them more and more questions
will be asked.
The ground the Kings normally play
in is the state-of-the-art Nelson
Mandela Stadium, but today the game
has been moved to a venue in a
township, Wolfson Stadium, where the
facilities and the picture are a bit
more basic. The coach said this week
he thinks Ulster could be walking
into an ambush, but surely Ulster
must be able to adapt to these
different conditions and
Any time you go away
from home it will be different, it
is not like Ulster have ever played
at the other Stadium, this was
always going to be something new and
it is the same pitch, same size of
pitch and against a team who have
not won so far. My concern, it is
unlikely the Hull will go zero in 11
at home, they will be looking for a
win. Ulster have played away twice,
both Italian teams, they have
struggled. -- it is unlikely the
Kings will go zero out of 11 with a
Ulster have been imported
Elizabeth acclimatising and taking
in the sights and sounds of South
Africa this week, but it is no
holiday -- oldster have been in Port
Elizabeth. The team knows it is not
a holiday and they have been finding
the Pro 14 pretty difficult so far.
The weather is good, a big fight
over year, getting to do things like
this, seeing safari. -- a big flight
over year. This is not what you
would usually see on Rory Best's
farm! The last two weeks have been
very disappointing, with that
Leinster performance a lot others
are disappointed with our rugby be
played and maybe the rugby we did
not play. We know what a big and
this is for us, a potential banana
It is a great opportunity to get out
and see different places.
I am enjoying it.
For the players it
has been a special experience, a
tour at the end of a long block of
games, but when it comes down to
business, they know they have to
It will be warm, it will be loaded
in the stadium, we just can't wait
for the opportunity. -- it will be
allowed in the stadium.
A big game
for us in terms of championship
points. When you look at their
games, they have been tight up to
the 60 or 70 minutes mark, we are
hoping to put on a good 80 minute
performance. The Gallup always good
fun going on to a surrounded with
your mates. It is amazing to get my
150 of this week. But we are here to
win, that will top off a good week
but the week is almost for nothing
if we do not come away with a win.
A landmark 150th appearance for
Craig Gilroy, ten changes from last
week, five and forced because of the
Irish call ups. So there is no Rory
Best, no Alan Henderson, Jacob
Stockdale, Stuart McCloskey to name
a view. But surely Ulster have a
strong enough team to do the
I think so, you look at
how the Kings have got on, they have
only scored 17 points, that was the
highest. Ulster have struggled
defensively in the last few weeks
but they have enough experience to
go out there and get a fuel early
scores and settle nerves. It is a
big day Foley Livorno and John
Cooney, they need to go out and play
in the right areas. -- it is a big
day for cellar Christian and John
Ulster will be feeling the heat, it
will be very warm. But after what
has been a topsy-turvy, difficult
season so far, do you think they
will feel a lot more added pressure?
Definitely. I think it is the manner
in the defeats. The boys got a bit
of a pumping in the second half
against La Rochelle, it was kind of
a marker that they are not up with
Europe's top teams. To bounce back
at home against Leinster the
following week, it just did not
happen and Leinster, for me, were
playing at 60 or 70% and easily beat
Ulster, the amount of turnovers,
easily giving possession back to a
strong Leinster team, it was
worrying times in the second half,
especially when things went awry.
Nobody could seem to grab it and
pull it together, that worries me
about today, leadership you talked
about, Henderson, Rory Best, they
are out of the team. So who will
grab it now? Who will stand up and
say we're in a difficult situation,
let's take the bull by the horns and
try to get things back on track?
Much more added pressure.
have had a pretty special
relationship with South Africa in
times, many players from the country
have represented the team, like
former captain Johann Muller. He is
back living in South Africa that has
been talking to us.
As expected temperature and the wind
are both up, how terrible it be for
It will be tough, conditions
are not great, it is really windy,
it is known as the Windy city in
South Africa. Conditions are not
great, but the sun is out, it is dry
and hopefully some exciting rugby.
What type of intimidation venue has
this venue? -- intimidation factor?
It is a bit intimidation. The first
five minutes will be key to the
game. A big start is needed, if you
give these boys a sniff it will be a
long afternoon for Ulster.
is it for you to see your mates on
your home patch?
Absolutely. I wish
I was still playing. It is brilliant
seeing you guys are meeting up this
morning, having a coffee. It is
lovely. I am happy for them coming
to South Africa, experiencing a
different culture and a bit of
sunshine. Really looking forward to
the game and watching the boys play.
Have they got enough to do the
Like I said, the first
five minutes will be key, they need
a massive start. If they give the
Kings a sniff, it will be a long and
tough afternoon. A big start really
Enjoy the game.
Johann Muller was the type of player
Ulster could have done with last
week. When their line-out completely
fell apart in the second half
against Leinster. This will be an
area today where they will have to
try to shore things up.
They are on
their own line, they needed a bank
the ball, to get out of the red
zone. Time and time again, whether
it was a throw, miscommunication, a
skewed throw, Rory's first game back
for a while, it probably did not go
the way he wanted, but he changed
hooker and the same thing happened.
When you lose a couple and it gets
into your head, it becomes a mental
thing, but I think they worked on it
all week and they know it is an area
they have to have 100%, ten out of
60 line-outs against a good Leinster
team at home is not good enough,
they will put that right today, for
Let's hear from the Ulster
director of rugby. It has been a
long week on a fun week, but
business time. Are you ready?
been fun but also work, the guys
have really worked hard and embrace
environment, embracing where we are
playing the game. It comes down to
the 80 minutes.
How tough and
afternoon will it be?
The wind is
unpredictable, it is quite strong,
playing with it or against it will
challenge us, it will be a tough
What do you think is key for Ulster
this afternoon to make sure they can
win? Johann Muller said they need to
get off to a good start?
management and cutting down the
errors. The La Rochelle game, after
half-time La Rochelle picked off,
Ulster knocked its own, La Rochelle
win the Ulster 22 for the next
however many minutes. Back in the
day, we learned that if you are
struggling you go down to a four or
five-man line-out, win the ball. It
does not matter if that is not what
you practised, possession is key.
Staff the Kings of possession and
territory. The Kings will be
nervous, they have not won yet and
they will be thinking coming here we
Leinster kicked the ball
25 times in that game, but they
kicked when they were on top and
they put the ball behind Ulster,
applied the pressure. Ulster need
not to play into the Kings' hands,
get the ball in behind them, a
pressure game, suck the life out of
them. That is what Leinster did to
them last week, learn from their
What have you been was
disappointed with with Ulster this
season, what do they have to change
most today? A winning result, yes,
but what do they have to change?
have been talking for three years a
week in, week out, about
inconsistency. It is the same topic
each year, each week. They had to
address it. Three years ago I
retired, five years ago we were
sitting in front of Shay Logan, the
Sio, talking about being the best in
the world. Those are big comments to
make. Ulster had to be the best team
in Ireland, get into the top two or
three in the league. Try to win a
trophy. Coming out with those
comments and filling everyone with
the expectation that they will be
the best team in the world in five
years is ludicrous. It is getting
back to basics, getting wins, giving
the fans something to cheer about
and being realistic.
You have not
seen much progress over the last few
No. I have not. The players
that have come in, the players
coming through, we see the likes
Jacob Stockdale, there is usually
one shining light every year or two,
but it has to be addressed. And to
go forward and make Ulster
successful, like everybody wants, it
has to be looked at. Who is the
finger being pointed at? I do not
think it is Les Kiss or Bryn
Cunningham, I think it is across the
board, everything needs to be
addressed and big structures need to
be put into place.
progress, winning away from home
will be key? -- if Ulster are to
start to progress?
successful side, you win your home
games and you pick up away games at
the Dragons, Italy and South Africa.
Thank you both. Ulster in South
Africa for the very first time,
let's see how they get on. We are in
the company of Ryan Constable and
Jim Neely. COMMENTATOR: The
temperature is not typical of the
Kingspan stadium, you can see by the
flanks, and there are a fair number
Kingspan stadium, you can see by the
flanks, and there are a fair number
of people, the Southern Kings first
emerged in 2009 when they took on
the British and Irish Lions in a
bad-tempered game. They have not
made much progress so far, the new
additions, along with the Cheetahs,
to the Pro 14. They have played
seven and lost seven. They have not
scored a single losing bonus point
so they might hope this is the date
where they redress that particular
balance. Needless to say, Ulster
hoping to bounce back from
disappointing performances and
defeats against La Rochelle in
Europe, then last week at home to
Leinster, probably the least
acceptable result of the season so
There is the man who is in charge,
his fourth game in this Pro 14,
Quinton Immelman of South Africa.
His touch judges are also from the
South African Rugby union. The TMO,
likewise. Under the captaincy of
Chris Henry, Ulster have not lost a
game, maybe there is something to be
read into that.
We saw Chris Henry
and Darren Cave in the shots in the
changing room and on the pitch,
really laying down the law. It is
those players with experience of
being on tour, knowing when to
separate when you are on safari and
on the beach to when the whistle
blows and you are on the pitch and
you need to deliver. Expect them to
be very influential in their
25-year-old Oliver Zono will get
this under way. Came on as a
replacement against Glasgow a week
Andisa Ntsila played for the South
African A-side, very promising
indeed. Ulster's reception at
kick-off was not terribly good. Had
he called that, you might have been
Johann Muller said at the start
of the programme of the first five
minutes as crucial away from home,
you had to make sure the crowd and
the home team do not get the
momentum into the game. That is a
primary piece of possession. Ulster
will not want to make errors like
Good work on the tight head side by
Wiehahn Herbst against the Kings'
Nice interplay between Ulster.
Adventurous stuff. They have made a
bit of a hash of it in the middle of
the park. Knocked forward by the
Kings, the first knock forward by
Ulster. They did not need to be
doing that. Overcomplicated in their
It did look like all the
players were not fully aware of what
the call was. We have seen from
games played last night, Glasgow
running from deep, when you do that
you want to keep it simple, be
direct, set up the option to click
on both sides, bring the wing is up.
Ulster guilty of overelaboration.
Once again, it is those poor
individual skills, it is retaining
possession when you are away from
home, particularly opening of a
game, it gives a wonderful
opportunity early on.
Coetzee in the middle of the Kings'
front row, the only change in the
pack. Their skipper got injured
against Glasgow. Curtsy came on to
play. -- Coetzee came on to play.
Now can they use this extra lbs?
Matty Rea on the Ulster blindside,
that is a good scrum.
A good tackle the by Louis Ludik,
did what he does best.
All the pressure coming from the men
in Black, Ulster will have to be
very smart. Has he gone over? The
referee had his hand out for
something. There will be a penalty
given. The referee is having a
really good look. I thought Rousseau
to cloak might have gotten. Somebody
did, the Kings have scored. Not the
start that Ulster would have wanted.
Right from the kick-off, they made a
mess of it inside their own 22, they
have allowed the Kings to get in. It
was Carson, the 22 ridge Centre. He
looked like he might have squeezed
The runners keep finding a
way. The scrum came from an Ulster
area, excellent continuity from the
Kings, a good quality of recycled
Just three minutes gone and the
Ulster line was crossed. Zono
drafted in to play number ten,
because they have problems in that
position. Let's see if his kicking
is any good. Fortunately for Ulster,
it is not. But what a good start by
the home side, Ulster will have to
It goes down to the
possession. But close to the line
you will have two struggle to keep
repeated runners out. The defence
really has the opportunity to set
the tone and urgency for the game,
you don't want to be giving away
easy possession two teams inside
your own 22.
and Charles Piutau are the only
Ulster backs retained from last
Bobby de Wee is the try scorer.
Kieran Treadwell needs to be careful
where he puts his feet, you are not
allowed to kick the ball out of the
rock any more. Kings inside their
own 22. -- out of the ruck any more.
The full-back Yaw Penxe try to make
some ground. -- tried to. Ulster are
Two what looked like
knock-on is being missed by the
referee and the assistant referee.
Ultimately Ulster were penalised,
having contained the Kings in their
own half. There is now the
opportunity to clear the touch and
get into an attacking position once
Oliver Zono has the wind
behind him, he has put in a very
good kick. Andrew Warwick might have
been overenthusiastic, crept past
the back foot. One of three former
Ballymena Academy boys in the Ulster
pack, I can't run when that last
happened. ... I can't remember when.
That was a good tackle on Al Shaun
Barker, who came in from the left
wing. Good stuff from the Kings.
Another try for the Kings, they are
taking Ulster apart pretty
systematically. It was the full-back
Yaw Penxe Garbine, all of a sudden
the Kings are in double figures.
try which came from an Ulster
mistake, trying to achieve the line
speed, it came from a penalty
line-out and they go through the
phases again. Very good options,
Ulster denying the space and an
excellent pick-up, no questioning
the finishing ability of the outside
backs. They are big and they can
take every opportunity that comes
Ulster's record on the
road, nudges this season but in
recent seasons, has not been
terribly good. Nothing has improved
in Port Elizabeth.
Not much of a crowd, but those who
are here will appreciate the effort
by the home side, who have made all
the running in this game. Eight
minutes gone and Ulster are trailing
10-0. He did not manage to make it
The assistant referee's flags went
up, they awarded that one. The angle
was quite deceptive, an excellent
finish, executing the right option,
but it comes down to possession. The
Kings had it all in the first eight
minutes, they utilised a very
efficiently and made sure they had
points on the board.
The conversion was good, good by
Ulster, but they trailed 12-0.
Cooney is not in the autumn
international squad, having played
for Ireland for the first time in
the summer tour to the USA and
Japan. What do Ulster do from here?
They are playing into the wind, it
is fairly kickable, do they have to
go for the corner?
I would be taking my point is at
this stage if it is in range.
Shellshocked from the start, but as
they have done through this season,
taking the opportunity to go to the
corner. Maybe out of range with the
wind, difficult to know. Inch
perfect kick, a perfect platform for
Ulster. Need to make sure the
line-out functioned properly and
they can get possession.
Good work by John Andrew, wriggled
Christian Lealiifano's kick into the
corner was as good as you could
It has not got any better for
Ulster. It was pretty catastrophic
against Leinster a week ago. That
has not gone dead. Piutau had to
think about kicking about into the
strong wind. Ulster have conceded
the best part of 80 metres.
those individual errors are what is
culminating in Ulster standing in
their own 22 began under pressure.
Just seeing the effect of the winds,
it is obviously very strong and the
Kings will be aware they will need
to accrue the points while it is
that they're back. The tactical
change, it will be more about
possession. Important they do not
concede any further points on what
has been a pretty difficult first
Bobby de Wee calling
the line-out for the Kings. Calling
to himself, that is pretty
effective. A good drive by the man
in black and red, Ulster concede a
penalty. Wiehahn Herbst guilty of
pulling the whole thing down. It
seems to be going from bad to worst.
They will be used to these
conditions. That is the challenge,
touring away, adapting to the
conditions. Obviously a very fast
servers, no issues with the playing
surface, but it is the winds that
they will be used to, the hookers
will be used to throwing into and
Ulster will have to adapt very
quickly because they can't afford to
give away so much possession.
will be the classic catch and drive,
I am pretty sure, from the Southern
Here they come again, the Ulster do
and has to be pretty solid. -- the
Ulster defence has to be pretty
Here is the scorer of the first try,
looking for a second, Berton
Taken on by Coetzee, the hooker.
The scrum-half was not too far-away.
Another try would be dreadful for
Ulster. Do we get it away. They are
battling. -- de Wee gets it away.
Ulster have themselves upside. This
will be another try. He has built
it. I thought I heard somebody
calling for offside, that should
have been a try for Michael Makase.
The pass was not great but that
would have put the tin hat on it.
would have been disastrous for
Ulster, the first time they have not
managed to convert blood pressure
and territory into points and grass
but alas... Last pass, they need to
respond by getting outside of their
own half and spending some time with
the ball in hand, they have not been
able to do that in the opening
Makase will not want to look
at that, not part of his show real,
in years to come. -- his show real.
He played off the bench in a world
15 a few years ago, the same one
that Wilson of Ulster played in. He
has been around a time or two.
I watch the game against Glasgow
last week. For the first 45 or 40
minutes there was not much between
them. -- I watched the game. A solid
looking Ulster scrummage.
Ulster reluctant to kick because the
wind is blowing into their faces.
Kieran Treadwell, one of the
half-dozen Ulsterman on the Irish
panel released for this game. Andrew
Trimble, Ulster's most capped player
of all time.
That is the difficulty
when you play into such a strong
wind, it is probably difficult for
viewers at home to see on TV, at the
ground it is blowing a gale and
Ulster are tending to go through the
phases, trying to establish a better
kicking position, but they had to be
accurate and it is an unfortunate
knee on this occasion, but it is
accumulation of turnovers and
penalties allowing the Kings to
establish field position, bar that
one error they could have been three
tries up, they were very clinical,
if they can convert some further
points here they will be delighted.
Not even 15 minutes gone, 12-0 to
the Kings, two tries, one converted.
Interesting what the referee Quentin
Bemelmans says, the forwards are
pulling him back, that's a new one
on me -- Quentin -- Quintin in
Mohlmann. Good scrum. Tries to
control it. The referee has the
hand-out for the penalty. Not
forward yet again and they are doing
everything but score but they have
won the penalty is.
interesting, three points on offer.
When you are on top like this, the
attitude is to go to the corner.
They have done well from their
driving mauls and take another
scrum. The last thing often needs it
is problem that's of time given they
are having issues the line-out. In
Ulster took the foot off the gas and
back came the Kings. For the second
time of asking the Kings five metres
from the line. You can see the
strength of the wind by the flags.
Another good-looking scrum. They are
going to try to squeeze the lighter
-- life out of this Ulster pack.
They made a hash of it. Still there
the Kings. Zono, good tackling by
Louis Ludik. Van Rooyen, nobody at
scrum-half. Taken on by the captain.
Ulster post about an arms length
away. Outstanding flank forward
again, van Rooyen pops it up, Greeff
tries to stretch, still coming back
on the Kings side, Ulster under
ferocious pressure here, there is
the drive and I think they may be
got over. The referee comes round
and somehow Ulster held up the
would-be try scorer but it is still
that the Kings, comes only get wide?
Has a go himself, cheeky little
feet, good defending by Ulster, that
has gone wide, and again they have
made a mess of it and Pengfei drops
it. They are anxious and have the
bits between their teeth and need to
calm down a little. They probably
have the chance to score three tries
Clinical for the first two
tries then getting a bit overexcited
at not executing it well enough.
They know they need significant
points from this first half with the
strength of the wind at their backs.
They have left out a couple of
gilt-edged opportunities and may
regret that in the second-half.
wonder if there is a cut-off point
they will for at half-time. All
Ulster will want is not to concede
anything more by half-time and maybe
get something themselves.
It is a
real containment proposition for
Ulster at this stage and the best
way to do that is have the ball in
your hand and go through multiple
phases but you don't want to be
forced to do that in your own 22.
They have been unable to establish
any field position or have any time
in possession in this first 18 or so
Nonplaying members of the Kings
squad watching on, needless to say
with great interest. Ulster getting
into the scrum, almost 18 minutes
played. The massive Rossouw de
Klerk. Had a spell with grass go and
Grenoble, on the tight head side for
the Kings -- Glasgow and Grenoble.
Ntsila, the 24-year-old, very good
player. Cave, now Piu Tao. --
Piutau. Much better by old stuff.
Cooney sidesteps, Andrew Trimble.
Better now by the men in white,
Ludik, nicely done, Reidy, gets
over, what a try by Sean Reidy, his
seventh league try and couldn't have
come at a more crucial time, as good
a try as Ulster scored all season.
Under their posts, and outstanding
try, much needed at this juncture.
Haven't had any possession or
territory and forced to run from
deep due to the wind in their faces.
Off-loading again is key, Piutau on
his feet long enough to get the
off-load away, then cleverly it
options taken, good communication
between players, coming from depth,
running at pace, not panicking on
the recycle then just too many
numbers on the wider channel, a
clinical finish from Ulster. Sean
Reidy takes it over the line and
Ulster will be relieved to get that
Trimble did well going to
ground and roll another quickly and
presenting the ball quickly for
Ulster to continue the move. Ulster
having been ambushed in the opening
six or seven minutes of the game
when they conceded a couple of tries
have come back and got one of their
own. John Cooney into a pretty stiff
breeze. He has 50 points this season
for Ulster. Top points scorer by
some considerable distance. Looks
pretty straightforward, but a huge
breeze blowing straight into his
face. That has gone right across the
front of the posts. He needed to hit
that hard and low, hasn't managed it
but at least Ulster are back on the
board for the first time.
have been four tries down with
clinical finishing from the Kings
but it is their opportunity now with
ball in hand and they have gone the
full distance, almost under the
posts with some of those passes, but
had the composure, good decision
making contact, went to off-load and
go to ground, excellent ball
security which has resulted in the
outstanding team tried.
continue because somebody is down
injured. Can't see who it is. The
scrum-half, I think. Rudi van
Rooyen. On has come Rowan Gouws.
That is not so good, to see anybody
going off on a stretcher, with his
neck in a brace straightaway, and
they will strap him in on the
stretcher and taken off. We offer
Rudi van Rooyen our best wishes,
needless to say.
He was having a
very good game, taking good options
from the base of the ruck, big
runners coming at pace, which he
picked off the first two tries. The
Kings will be disappointed given
their territory and possession and
the try scoring opportunities, to be
looking at 12-5 scoreline.
sure how that injury occurred. This
was the first try and van Rooyen
pumped it up from the Centre Berton
Klaasen who started the whole thing
off. This was the second one, a
delicate chip through and well
gathered by the full-back Penxe.
This was the best so far, finished
off by Ulster number eight Sean
Ulster are dangerous with
ball in hand. The problem has been
they have had no ball in hand, two
passages of play, and the second one
has resulted in that try. There will
be no panic, there is an opportunity
now with the break in the game to
gather themselves and took about
what they need to get possession.
Good conditions underfoot but the
wind is howling a massive effect on
It looks like van Rooyen
when smack dab into the back of
Ludik. He must have hurt himself. He
might have had a reflex reaction
that thrust his neck back. Ulster on
the board then that the Kings still
leading. Ulster try scorer Sean
Reidy. Contact with the opposition
front row, Cooney. Lealiifano, quick
hands, Piutau, good to Ludik. Still
playing with a wee bit more
composure -- Ulster playing with
more composure. Herbst supported by
Treadwell. Penalty against the Kings
second row forward Greeff. Just made
the tackle but made no attempt to
Usually when you are
playing it will win this big you
look for quick penalties, kicking to
touch is difficult comic line-out
possession is difficult, so if you
can speed up the tempo in terms of
quick taps it is good possession
then for Ulster it is about spending
time with the ball and trying to get
through the first half. The tactical
change at half-time, they will be
kicking much more for territory.
Cooney did it well to get it away,
Leif Arno missed in the middle of
the park, Reidy, Cooney again. A bit
of footwork there. Cooney, nobody at
outside-half. O'Connor. Penalty
given away. Might have been Herbst
to getting off his feet there but
O'Connor did well. He has had a good
season for Ulster. They have
conceded possession and with the
wind behind them I have no doubt
Oliver 's owner -- Oliver Zono will
make decent ground for the Kings.
Not as much as he might have wished
Not as ambitious as you
would have thought they would have
been. De Klerk gets in a good body
position, hands on the ball, and
Ulster unable to clear out the ruck
and pursue a penalty. Forwards have
the opportunity now to get into the
Ulster half what they have spent the
majority of this game.
In the second
quarter Ulster came back from a 12-0
deficit. A quicker ball. The
scrum-half got it away well. This is
setting up and again also give away
a penalty at the breakdown, not
releasing in the breakdown and the
referee has been hot on that.
Policing the breakdown, clear with
his instructions, it you need to see
the space once the tackle is
affected, throwing their hands in
the year to show it has been
released, and an opportunity now for
a 3-pointer from distance but with
the wind behind.
Reidy made the
first tackle. Was he on his feet?
Bieber a prominent
in this match defensively and with
those ball-carriers, the one
resulting in that try, the Kings now
probably frustrated they haven't
taken all the opportunities they
created on adopting now for the
three points to stretch that leads.
-- and opting now.
A long way out
and swirling but he had that very
nicely indeed, a conversion and now
a penalty added and the Kings add-on
another three points, and they are
leading by ten. 15-5 to their home
side. Ulster had to do it again,
they want to stay in touch by
half-time with another score two.
The live Arno gets it away, big
chase by Ulster. Sula has made
decent ground. Cooney put in a solid
tackle. Piutau thought about taking
it quickly and wisely changed his
Just now, close enough, it
would have been a risky path to go
that lends the first Ulster players.
Exercising some caution there and a
bit of trouble but managed to find a
way out using the right foot, fairly
strongly right footed and not
playing in the accustomed position
but found touch.
A little shot of
Gilroy celebrating his 150th Ulster
appearance. That has gone loose.
Well picked up by Ntsila, the pick
of the forward so far this evening.
The Kings hooker Stephan Coetzee
guilty of taking a man out past the
ruck. This looks very clickable but
will Ulster go over the corner? Just
been explained to the Kings skipper
Schalk Ferreira, second oldest
member of the Kings squad, winner
Alshaun Bock is 35, the oldest
player to make his debut in Super
Rugby. Crucial line-up for John
Andrew and Ulster, well taken by
Treadwell. -- crucial line-up.
Suspiciously offside there I have to
say by the loosehead prop and
skipper Ferreira. You can't do that.
You have to let the man come-down
from the line-out before you can
start that drives. A little
premature there, inching forward,
Ulster, good execution of that
line-out. Throwing to the front,
easy option, well taken, good setup
there. Just coming across too early.
Fortunate because it would have been
a knock-on for Ulster.
Andrews to Treadwell at the front,
Reidy in the back, Andrew Bayer
looking for his baldly tried. Good
drive by Ulster, they need to get
across this line. There is a second
shot, here goes Andrew for the lying
and the drive. John Andrew gets his
fourth league try and Ulster get
their second, and the gap has closed
Ulster showing how
simple the game be, straightforward
ball, surprised they didn't jack
anyone up, getting set for trying to
repel the rolling maul, then a good
setup, and just the weight comes in
from behind and Ulster do very well
to find their way, manoeuvring
whether drive was coming from the
Kings. Showing patience, not trying
to go too fast, giving the integrity
of the maul, Cave adding more
ballast and managing to find a way
across. They will be delighted with
the execution of that.
I wonder if
Cave would appreciate being referred
to as ballast? There is more to him
but I know what you mean, well
executed, the throw, lift and
catchword good, securing of the ball
was good and the drive was good.
Let's see if Cooney can make the
conversion are good and successful
Look at the strength of that wind.
He could have aimed it for the near
post and it would have drifted in
but it drifted well wide but Ulster
in terms of tries back on level
terms, but because the opposition
has a conversion and a penalty there
are still five points between them
but more encouraging for Ulster
having been well behind are now
within touching distance.
didn't have a chance to affect that,
brought down, smuggled in closely to
the chest and driven across and
Ulster now want to ensure they get
this restart bright and clear their
Well taken by
O'Connor. Cave, good strength by the
vastly experienced Darren Cave, is
198 cup for Ulster and he has got
away, need some help, maybe he
doesn't, he has given it away.
Darren, Darren! Chip and chase,
McCarthy has pace here and Piutau
will have to be quick. They will
have a look at that. They seem to
think he has got it. This would be
catastrophic for Ulster. The Kings
fans reckon Makase showed everybody
a clean pair of heels including
Charles Pugh towel who perhaps
wasn't going at full stretch. From
this Ulster may have conceded a
It has been pretty loose
and the kick just going with that
breeze and as it does, the
unpredictable bounce with two
chasers and one arm flashing out
looking to ground the ball.
Certainly the body language of the
Kings players is that this try was
scored, as we see the replay as to
whose hand gets there first, sitting
in the air, tantalising in this slow
motion as to whether there is
contact with the hand and the ball
which looks like there is on the try
should be awarded.
That will be a
try for Michael Makase. Piutau
didn't just do enough. That is a
great angle. He seems to have the
ball in control with his left hand
and he is controlling it and there
is contact between the ground on the
ball and the hand and I would be
surprised if the Kings have got
their third try. They are having
many looks at it.
position, nudging Piutau out of the
way there, and that has made it
difficult for him to get his hand to
the ball, just sneaking it under, I
am not sure why they need to look at
this too many more times. Clear
contact with the hand on the ball
and forced inside the dead ball
area, so I expect this try to be
The TMO, Shaun Veldsman, is
playing it and playing it and
playing it, and referee Quinton
Immelman is looking and looking and
looking. Nothing changes. To me that
is a good angle, nice bit of slow Mo
there, I can't see what is wrong
with that. Looks like Ulster have
conceded it. McCarthy made of the
huge amount of ground.
You may award
The try has indeed been
awarded. So a third try for the
Kings. They once again open up a ten
The first two try for
the Kings inside the Ulster 22
repeat phases. That one
opportunistic, and it was just all
about the gas. The Kings certainly
have that in abundance.
He hasn't kicked badly at all.
Oliver Zono. He has the wind behind
him but again it was a bit
treacherous. He struck back nicely,
has he brought it in? He hasn't. He
has indeed, they keep tripping away,
something wrong with the RA is here!
He got up again, set the whole thing
off, ball was... Look at the pace of
this guy, let it down the park and
fruit Mac came across and he dived
maybe a bit too late. McCarthy got
in and the conversion was good and
the Kings lead 22-10. Ulster win it
from the restart which is what they
need to do, get themselves back on
the scoreboard by the interval.
Andrew ducking into contact. Cooney
again, here comes O'Connor. Taken by
the number eight, Lerm. Gilroy
decide seems to come into the middle
of the park to see some action. When
they want to lose the unbeaten
record this season. Lealiifano has
caused enough problems. Cooney.
Trimble. Well released. Cooney
Pugh towel at outside-half. Kane
nicely to Treadwell -- Piutau at
outside-half. Not getting away in
the tackle against the Kings number
eight. Ruaan Lerm. Ulster have to go
into the corner.
Yes, having seen
that kicks from the ground there is
an much pawn other than -- point
other than trying to secure the
line-out, the rolling mauls work
well for them. Encouraging period of
play for Ulster, continuity, putting
structure on it, going through
phases and looking for holes in the
Kings defence. Intelligent
decision-making and the referee is
hot on players spending too long on
the ball. Not overly long there but
when you make the tackle you have to
be seen to be trying to move with
urgency away from that tackle zone.
Well taken by Treadwell, a little
too far out for Ulster perhaps to be
thinking about churning over for
another forward orientated try but
they are doing their best. Warwick
hasn't tucked under that -- has it
tucked under that brawny arm of his.
Needs a periscope so he can see
where he is going but Ulster are
moving the right direction and maybe
have the wherewithal to take this
out of the line for a second try.
Still moving. O'Connor has. Ludik,
Kane not far away, terrific drive by
the Ulster pack and now some of the
Ulster three quarters, down it goes,
the referee reckons it has been
taken down illegally but no one is
in the middle of the park for
Ulster, Cooney trying to move the
ball too far away, Cave with an
Kane really digging in, Ulster
desperate for another try. Here they
come again. Slowly. Cooney, Henry
the captain helped by a O'Connor,
Cooney again, Lealiifano, Piutau,
nearly gets himself through, good
work by Piutau, Cooney, dangerous
stuff by Ulster, might well have
been considered a deliberate
knock-on and if that is the case
would they be looking at a possible
try and will that be a yellow card
by the full-back Penxe? It is
deliberate and I think he has gone
to the bin.
Normally that would take
a look at the wider angle to see if
there was cover defence raffer try
would have been scored but choosing
not to do that -- or if a try. It is
Ulster's opportunity now. They
expect them to opt for the scrum or
kick into the corner.
into the corner for the line-out.
Just about made it, no more. The far
side touch drudge, Ben Crouse, had a
good look at that. That was
deliberate. -- touch judge. The man
who scored the second try for the
Kings is in the bin for the rest of
this half and five minutes of the
start of the second or maybe a bit
more. Once again Treadwell the
front, Kings have maxed that quite
well. Ulster being shunted towards
the far touchline, have to give it
into touch, Trimble comes in then
changes his mind. Good work by
Andrew. Kings come right over and
the referee says also not making use
of that. That really was a wasted
chance by the men in white.
better defence by the Kings on that
occasion, surprised how poor their
defence of the rolling maul has
been, not jacking someone up to make
it difficult for Ulster and forcing
them to go to the back. Difficult
controlling conditions. On this
occasion they got the defence of the
driving maul exactly right.
hold on a bit too long realising
they were not going to go anywhere.
The structure, they weren't able to
prevent the Kings from infiltrating
and getting their hands on the ball.
Given the success they have had in
that department they probably felt
it was the right way to go, keeping
it involved, but probably the lack
of backs in the rolling maul is why
it didn't work out.
Good control at
the back. I am surprised the Kings
have come in field. Good striking by
Cave, good stuff by the Kings, three
Lerm again. They have pace out wide,
scorer of the first try, Klaasen
taken down. That is not backward and
Ulster get offside and the referee
says, go back to have taken through
the mark. Ulster still perhaps a wee
bit on the high side.
away from home you want to keep the
penalty count low, definitely in
single figures, and playing into the
wind it is even more crucial because
it gives the Kings in opportunity to
go deep into Ulster territory and
start ramping up the pressure again.
Ulster have responded well to a
pretty poor start, but they went to
ensure the Kings don't have any more
points in the remaining four minutes
of this first half.
Ntsila Timmy has
been outstanding and as a fellow
flanker, van Vuuren, has been
especially good. Ulster making a
change, Kane has come on, I don't
know what has happened to Herbst.
Kane yet to start a game for Ulster
this season. Not sure if it is blood
or not, we will find out. Do we,
that is a bit messy. Well stolen by
John Andrew. Can Ulster capitalise?
The Kings are a man down behind the
scrum, Ludik nicely to Pugh towel.
Great strength by peer towel --
Piutau. Henry walloped. The 24
should be wearing number four. Ludik
again. Away goes Gilroy, good to see
him with the ball in hand again. At
the end of the season he scored a
hat-trick against Italy in Rome.
Still time for Ulster to get
something on the board by the
interval. Lealiifano, well taken by
Andrew, Gilroy, now Cave, Reidy.
Into touch, good defending by the
Kings and good approach work by
Ulster but they need to get
something from this line-out.
little bit tired, looks to be
suiting Ulster if they can get the
fringe players into the game, more
1-out stuff, to ensure they get
continuity in possession. Don't
necessarily need to go to the wider
channels, excellent defensive work
by the Kings, scoreline 22-10, with
this win, you would argue, not
enough of a return and the Kings
will feel they left considerable
points out there in this half.
minutes and three quarters to go. --
one minute. The Kings line-out, Lerm
takes it. Treadwell came through.
I imagine this will go straight into
touch. Ulster have made a real go at
trying to disrupt. The Kings still
in possession. He could not kick
directly into touch. He has, but he
did not need to. That'll give Ulster
the line-out. An error by Oliver
Quite often you see with a
wind of that strength that it can be
difficult to kick and go in
Crossfield, that is sometimes an
option to find grass and to get the
roll on. It was always going to be a
temptation to over strike that.
Ulster will welcome the opportunity
with seconds left on the clock, if
they can get further points out of
this half they will be pretty happy
with the scoreline.
Cave has been
excellent, and is still going.
Ulster spill but backwards. In fact,
they have knocked it forward, first
of all, before it came forward.
Louis Ludik took a bump. It will be
a scrum accrue to the Kings, it
might be the last set piece of the
first half. A transport Ulster to
claw back precious points.
start they had, probably not the
worst scoreline they had, but if
they could get some additional
points before the half-time whistle
they would have been delighted.
Difficult conditions, when you have
a win like that you need to shorten
the distance between the backline, a
little bit more margin for error in
what will be difficult passing
First scrum for Ross
Cane. Well away. So no under a lot
of pressure. Sarno did not clear. --
Zono did not clear. Can Trimble
finish? Good defending by Makase.
Andrew Warwick made a good run.
Leila Flano again.
The Kings are slow getting off the
ball. Kings disrupting. The referee
seemed to be happy enough. Kicks
have stolen the ball. Some don't
miss the church, gave Ulster the
chance, popped it into touch. What a
first half we have had. Ulster were
expecting a quick start, but not as
quick as they got. At half-time,
they are left with an awful lot to
do. It is the Southern Kings 22,
Ulster ten. STUDIO: Ulster's first
visit to South Africa has been
eventful. Two early tries for the
Kings, they do not look like a team
which has not won in the Pro 14.
Ulster settled with two tries to get
back into the game, but a
scintillating score. The case of
Michael Makase and the touchdown,
Michael Makase and the touchdown,
the home side lead to 22-10.
We have been watching a pretty tough
half for Ulster.
touched on it at the start of the
show, by getting off to a fast
start. The Kings were the only team
that did that, they came with the
pace and intensity. It started off
with an Ulster mistake, too many
mistakes over the last couple of
weeks have cost Ulster games. Fair
play to the Kings, they were very,
very tired come the first half, it
will be interesting to see how they
go in the second. There is maybe a
20 or 30 points win, it is so
What did you make of
Ulster's game management from the
very first scrum accrue of the half?
About this was inside the first
minute, the Kings knocked on the
kick-off. We don't how strong the
windows, so they have not been able
to kick in. I
understand... They put
themselves under pressure, a feline
aids have gone awry. They need to
keep it simple. I know it is easy
for us to say that, but you would
like to think that a bit of basic,
simple... The Kings struggled
against the structure.
frustrating to see Christian
Lealiifano trying to do a
wraparound, Andrew Trimble on a
I agree with the income
if you had Stuart McCloskey or
Trimble or Craig, going forward
after the scrum Mark Roe, assess
your options, keep holding
possession. They overcomplicated,
knock-on, turned the ball over,
Kings take advantage.
Is it a sign of a team lacking in
confidence, things have not been
going your way, when you start a
game like that some mistakes creep
in quickly, as we saw in the
build-up to the second score?
fact that they showed ambition knows
there is confidence, but you have to
respect the Kings, when you go to
Italy and you are trying to run
everything, instead of firing up the
middle. This situation, Ulster get
very, very narrow. First set play,
both centres in the ruck, they
should not be happening. That is
your scrum-half and your full-back
in the line, still and under lab.
Something has to be talked about and
described. Louis Ludik should not
have jumped in the ruck, somebody
else needs to be folding and
quickly. It is too easy.
It is the
speed of ball, Darren Cave is in the
first ruck, then the second. Why are
your back row not getting in the
second hit? They need to slow the
ball down, the Kings were very good
at getting around the corner and
going forward. When they had better
pace, a cheeky kick behind the
defence and Ian said we closing the
gate so early? Can they had a two
man overlap. The numbers are getting
cuts down because of the speed of
ball, they to slow down.
nocturnes and a penalty in the
build-up to that try, and when
Ulster settled they showed what they
can do, a great score by Sean Reidy.
Google it was, this is what they
were trying to do with the first
minute but perhaps they are more
settled into the game.
A good style
of play, a lots more simple. It
shows how valuable Childs Piutau is
to the team. A nice plot by Chris
Henry, then good composure. They
could easily have forced the past,
but simple on the offside, Sean
Reidy is very good on the outside
decided to go from their own 22.
Sean Reidy has always been good with
the outside channels, he was there a
couple of plays later. It is about
his game management as well. It is a
fantastic try, the length of the
field, hopefully we will see more in
the second half.
The Ulster line-out
has not been perfectly, but when
they got it right they showed how
simple and straightforward scoring
against the Kings can be.
thrown to the same ball the last
three or four macro times. They
threw to Johann Muller 19 times
against Leicester. If it works, no
need to change. But there's two or
three line-out soccer match, they
were trying to throw to the middle,
get the right pods that they wanted.
Sometimes it is about taking a
simple ball, that is what they did.
Somebody went into the group said
less obvious, we will get Kieran
Treadwell up, set up a maul, look
how easy it is, go forward. That is
what they have done. They will
continue to do that in the second
Credit to the Kings, some of their
play has been very enterprising in
the first half. What a try before
half-time, very opportunistic and
probably the defence and let Ulster
A great break by Darren Cave
comic he has looked lively. We have
said how quick, and they mentioned
in the commentary, how quick the
backs are for the Kings. You can't
do that, you just had to say fair
play, great athleticism and pace.
Piutau was unfortunate not to get
Will Ulster fans that...
Think that Piutau should have done
I don't think so, Charles is
very fast and was doing his very
best. The Kings showed exceptional
pace, it was just the effort to get
there. He could have given up but he
kept the head down.
A great score.
Earlier this week South Africa was
recommended as a country which
should be awarded the Rugby World
Cup in 2023, the final decision will
be taken later this month, which
could mean huge disappointment for
Ireland, who are also in the bidding
process. There is no denying the
popularity of the sport in South
Africa, but the introduction of
South African teams into the Pro 14
has proven a work in progress. That
they believe the potential is there,
as Kevin Andrews found out. -- but
Everyone is so excited to be
watching the rugby and just be
getting out there to see the game
and the weather.
Rugby is huge
cheer, just because the Cheetahs and
Kings are in the Super Rugby.
a small city, everyone back gets the
people going, good quality, I agree,
what more can you ask for?
quite a bit more, because the fans
have just not been coming out to see
It is that the Sharks, it
is not the Western Province, we call
them the big five in South Africa,
the rugby teams. Unfortunately it
distracts from a viewership point of
view, the marketing has been poor,
guys like Trimble and Tommy Bowe
coming to a game like this, nobody
has interviewed them and put them on
the map to show the type of talent
in the Pro 14. From a marketing
point of view they have it wrong.
From a crowd attendance point of
view, I think a lot more can be
Is it fair to say you guys
Definitely. I think seven matches
in, no result yet, we have
struggled. It has been a lot to get
used to. I think the late inclusion
has definitely played a big role.
The season is what it is, we would
still like to improve on our
results, that there is a lot of work
and focus going into the next season
In the long-term, it seems
the Kings will be up against it.
With funding for the rugby Academy
pooled, the schoolboys in Port
Elizabeth are looking elsewhere for
a career in the game.
There is not a
lot now with the Academy gone which
entices or keeps the boys in the
area, which is unfortunate. I know
some of really talented players who
would probably have a shot at making
a career out of the sport and Cape
Town, Bloemfontein. If it is purely
a rugby decision, lots of the guys
would tend to go to go to a bigger
The Pro 14 has made an impression.
It is a different brand of rugby,
really fun to watch. If people start
to watch, they will enjoy it.
don't know very much but I think it
is awesome for the South African
teams to be part of it, a good
example for South African players to
get experience overseas.
dream of playing for the Kings, or
else. It is not one of the biggest
clubs. The Sharks, the Cheetahs, the
that is where we want to play.
The Kings are getting up there, so
maybe one day.
But it will require
It will be interesting
to see if we will get some really
big names, maybe a couple of
Springboks representing the Kings,
then we will have a bigger
The future is uncertain, but for now
the Kings can only dig in and enjoy
their moment in the sun.
STUDIO: It has been a tough
introduction for the Kings, probably
better for the Cheetahs, what have
you made the South African
They were very late
notice into the competition and lost
a lot of players to the other
African franchises, but how the
players have to look at it is with
the quota system in South Africa,
some of them will not be picked for
the Springboks, so the Cheetahs and
the Kings, I suppose, they are a
shop window to get into Europe. They
will play here every week and it
means you might get picked up by the
Irish provinces, the Scottish,
Welsh, especially for the younger
players, because it is changing to
five years for residency, but a good
21-year-old could come to Scotland,
Ireland Wales and play international
They have moved the
match to a smaller stadium to
improve the crowd, it does not look
like it has done that. But a victory
today for the Kings against a
northern side will go a long way for
You look at
Edinburgh, they changed venue,
playing at Murrayfield. We have
played there many times with only a
couple of thousand and there is no
atmosphere, it is something similar,
the Nelson Mandela Stadium. It is
probably right to downsize to a
smaller stadium. Is that the right
stadium for the Kings going forward?
I am not sure, there are not many
people at the game. This team just
want to get out and play rugby, try
to get a couple of results, as their
operations manager said they are
already preparing for next year, I
think we will see a different Kings
team next year.
If Ulster are to be successful in
the second half they will have to be
a lot more accurate. There was a lot
of mistakes in the first?
we talk about the basics, no
penalties and knock-on is. After the
early penalties, a message came on
to give the extra yard. The South
African referee, it can be tough. If
they keep the basics, they have the
strong winds, they were lucky to
escape this opportunity. As long as
they do not expect the wind to do
everything for them, I think they
should still come through and win
Let's go back to the match
commentators and see how it unfolds
commentators and see how it unfolds
in the second half. COMMENTATOR:
Ferreira will be pretty pleased and
probably fancies himself as the
first man to lead the Cheetahs to a
win in this competition, which they
have entered for the very first
time, the Pro 14. The Cheetahs
leading by 22-10. The Kings, I
should say acclamation at the
Cheetahs are playing elsewhere. The
Kings leading 22-10.
With the wind at their backs, Ulster
Louis Ludik is the only Ulsterman
doing any worthwhile chasing, there.
Chris Henry with the tackle.
The referee played advantage. Andrew
Trimble could not scoop it up.
That'll be the first Ulster 's grid.
A good position for Ulster, Ulster
doing to the Cheetahs what the
Cheetahs did to Ulster, putting them
The Kings having to
run from deep, the ones that need to
play the possession game when they
are into the wind. If you don't
protect the ball, you create
opportunities for Ulster inside the
22. Imported Ulster get the scrum
right, get possession, no need to
panic, only 12 points and a very
strong wind at their back, they need
to build the scoreboard.
not the Cheetahs! Kings with a man
in the bin, Darren Cave. Can changes
direction. Trimble, a bit of pace.
Ulster need to step up the
intensity, but most importantly,
improve the accuracy. Kieran
Treadwell's line-out work has been
Piutau got it away to Gilroy. If it
was knocked into touch than the
Kings will have the option of
line-out or scrum.
Terrific upper body strength by
Charles Piutau. Craig Gilroy was
squeezed towards the touchline.
Probably need to be more
conservative on that occasion, just
go through the phases. It is
difficult for opposition with the
wind to get out of the 22, they will
have to go through multiple phases
to carry their way out of there.
Ulster will need to ensure their
back three is suitably set up to
counterattack and force them into
the kick. Ulster will expect to play
the majority of this house toe half
inside the Kings' half and, if they
can come inside the 22 -- Ulster
will expect to play the majority of
The face Ulster line-out.
Kings are back up to the full
complement of 15 men.
John Cooney did well to keep
Cooney back to where he should be.
Intricate stuff in the middle of the
park by Ulster.
Still forward by Matty Rea. I think
this is the first time we have
An error from Ulster,
that increases the pressure when you
can build them up and force them to
go to multiple phases, defending in
their 22. We saw the toll that took
on Ulster in the first 20 minutes.
This managing to dislodge the ball
in the tackle.
Stephan Coetzee, the
Kings Huger, rested a little way
away from Matty Rea. Making his
fourth start of the season. -- the
Interesting to see what sort of the
toll this temperature takes on the
conditioned, but they are playing in
a foreign environment. You need to
ensure they keep getting the water
on, early 20s in November will be
something they are not used to. I am
sure we will see use of the
substitutes bench at the appropriate
time in the second half.
The boys in
the studio reckon it was the Kings
feeling the effects of it.
A good bit of pressure. As the tight
end intends that the set piece? That
was the best scrum we have seen so
far -- has the tide turned from that
They seem to have
overcome those early challenges in
both scrum and line-out and seem to
be functioning Whitwell. As the game
wears on, I would like to see that
continue from an Ulster perspective.
Split options either side, the kick
option is probably their last at the
The referee waited for advantage to
Looking a bit better from an Ulster
point of view. Piutau could not
quite get that away, the referee
gave a penalty against the Kings for
offside in the middle of the park.
The interesting option now with the
wind, it is in range. A 12 point
margin early in the second half.
Given how well the line-out is
functioning, Ulster will be tempted
to kick this into the corner and see
if they can get early points in this
Just a brief
consultation between Chris Henry and
Christian Lealiifano. That is the
message that has been conveyed. A
nice, delicate little dink from
Christian Lealiifano. Ulster in a
very good position. You can see the
assistant referee on this side.
Ulster to the traditional Root and
go to Tredwell? No, Rocana. --
should Ulster do the traditional
route? No, Alan O'Connor. John
Andrew would love a second try.
Cooney into the referee, bounces off
him, and the referee is going to
take a time-out. Did John Cooney get
an advantage from bouncing off the
referee and scoring the try, and did
the referee position, which was not
very clever, preventing Kings player
from making contact? -- prevents a
He started to ask his TMO, but he
just decided, quite rightly, that it
was just unfortunate. I am not sure
the referee can yellow card himself
for that! It's somebody in the
opposition had done that he probably
would have been. That was an Ulster
try that, was it not for the
referee, would have been scored.
Because it was the rectory, it has
been put into the scrum, at least
they had advantage.
Once the player
makes contact with the referee, they
had to do a restart. There was a
huge gap for Ulster to explore. The
referee said I can't disappear, I
had to be somewhere. Ulster just
wish it was not where he was.
A Halloween disappearing at the
referee! A good, solid look at the
Penalty given away.
REFEREE: Kings, overextend.
COMMENTATOR: A penalty against the
Kings skipper, Schalk Ferreira.
Eight minutes gone in the second
half, the score as it was at the
Ulster would like
some early points in the second half
so they do not have to go into panic
mode. They have the position on the
pitch, they will get the reward for
The flat pass did not give him much
room. Gilroy did very well. Another
penalty against the Kings, kicking
the ball through. A little tab ante,
the referee has asked them to come
back. -- a little tap and take.
Ulster will be happy with that. Once
they start getting penalties, they
can establish field position. It is
difficult to see the Kings holding
Ulster out if they get that amount
of possession inside their 22.
good bit of refereeing by Quinton
Immelman, Saint everybody, just calm
down. -- saying to everybody. The
offences kicking the ball through in
the ruck, which you are not allowed
to any more. Lealiifano put Ulster
into another decent position. That
was good defending by Craig Gilroy.
The first came through. Apart from
anything else, an offside position.
Some excellent counter rocking went
on prior to that, awarded with a
Good stuff by Ulster. They have got
the ball down. Third try by Ulster,
it is the first try, I am pretty
sure, for Matthew Rea in an Ulster
jersey. The Ulster fans will be
pretty happy. Les Kiss will not just
be happy but pretty relieved. There
is a long way to go, but we think it
was Matty Rea who got the touchdown.
It is the line-out and the rolling
ball that has worked so effectively.
With the wind at their back, expect
to Ulster to carry on with that
tactic. They Kings could not get
enough men behind the ball to stop
that original impetus. Ulster
finding their way across the line.
The gap has closed to a converted
try, and if John Cooney can convert
this, there will just be a try
Very windy out there. That is
stating the obvious. No conversion.
Ulster with three unconverted tries
to the Kings' three tries, two of
which were converted, and a penalty.
Matthew Rea had that, Andrews got
tucked in. Was that John Andrew? Two
tries for John Andrew. Sorry,
Matthew Rea, you did not quite make
That was careless by Ulster, nobody
challenge for that.
Louis Ludik played 83 games in Super
Rugby for the Lions on the Sharks
combined. -- and the Sharks.
Hit by his own man, the referee
happy enough, but the Kings have the
That has spilled forward by Berton
Klaasen. Ulster get the scrum. The
Kings have started to make more
errors than in the first half but
Ulster have not been able to
A Kings like the
unstructured play, keeping it loose
and high tempo. An excellent take
from the full-back, going high.
Managing to secure that ball. It is
just those errors. Excellent read
from Andrew Trimble. Kings want to
keep this was, for Ulster it is a
bit more about structure. They don't
need to play rugby from deep any
more, they can kick to establish
territory and use the line-out they
have used so effectively. Just start
whittling away the Kings' lead.
Ulster started because of the
victory over Leinster last night
just a few points behind. They could
get a bonus point win as well.
Trimble off his wing. Ball coming
back. Cooney. Treadwell. Well
tackled. Cooney again, wraparound,
Piutau, foot on the gas, away goes
Trimble, Ludik with Cooney with him,
this could be the bonus point try
for Ulster, nicely done by Louis
Ludik. Perfect pass, Cooney under
the post and Ulster for the first
time in this game have the chance to
go ahead, a fourth try for Ulster,
they needed the bonus point try,
they have two win this game and if
they win it with a bonus point try
as they move into second place, but
a lot of time, that wraparound move
they used so well and Piutau
straight at the defence, excellent
work by Trimble to stay in touch
than the support coming from depth,
two on one, perfectly executed and
one is Ulster fine time and space in
the wider channels
they have the
players capable of making the brakes
and the composure to finish them
off. We should see Ulster draw level
at 55 minutes.
They have the four
tries and they have their first
converge on courtesy of John Cooney,
so we have a level game here at the
moment with just 50 minutes gone of
the second half, Piutau's past
perfect, likewise Trimble back
inside, wonderful run made and
perfect scoring pass from Louis
Ludik to the scrum-half John Cooney.
He got the conversion so 22-22.
Oliver Zono asking his forwards to
get behind him. That is longish,
taken in by Trimble. Reidy just
about get away. Cooney again.
Treadwell. Runs into a couple of big
Kings forwards. Cooney had to dig it
out. Nearly a final Ulster kick.
Good one, well taken in by p a the
full-back. -- Penxe. Good tackle by
Rea. Came with the initial tackle.
Coetzee, again, but a visit in this,
that was dangerous, they have speedy
manner as we have seen in the first
half, there is one of them with the
ball, Makase, got the first try
after the interval after a great
Japan chase. Zono, high side. Good
work by Kane again at the breakdown.
Still there for the Kings, though.
Henry up very quickly. Treadwell,
That has gone forward, taken by
Reidy, referee playing advantage to
Ulster. Cooney, now Lealiifano.
Trying to get toward the touchline
but Lealiifano has released the
ball, nearly lost his clothing
there. O Connor into the 22. Ulster
looking to go ahead for the first
time, Cave to Reidy, good work by
the Ulster number eight and he has
got it forward and that would always
be dangerous against
counterattacking side like the
Kings. Where has that gone? Into the
hands of the Kings player. Referee
says play on, not forward, now it's
Gilroy. Just got one leg caught,
couldn't make the progress he
wanted. Cooney. Cave. Lovely flat
pass to Rea, right through, denied
by team-mate Andrew and Cooney
looking for Ulster's fifth. That is
good defending by the Kings, Ulster
will do well to win the ball back
and they have given away the penalty
with the fifth try -- when the fifth
try seemed to be on a plate for
them. Luke Marshall not involved
today, Chris Henry off the field
Huge amount of line
breaks by both sides and just unable
to finish that, desperate defence by
the Kings, clinging onto this game,
starting to probably look back and
regret the missed opportunities in
the first 20 minutes when they could
have established a much bigger
margin and Ulster working their way
back into this game. Clever little
off-loads and just pull down some
desperate defence there, gets over
the ball, which creates the
opportunity for the turnover.
not sure the Kings full-back wasn't
playing the ball when he was lying
flat on his back, which she is not
allowed to do. There he is. P say,
only 22, played on the wing against
Glasgow a couple of weeks ago --
Penxe, only 22. Making a change at
tight head prop. Pupuma has come on,
a late replacement I have to say.
Initially Martin Dreyer was supposed
to come on. De Wee catch it and
breaks it away. Greeff. Into Kane
who manhandles him and slows things
up a little, not the greatest pass
in the world, well taken in, though.
Ulster given away another penalty.
Ross is on for Ulster.
Good work once again by the powerful
Ntsila. Here come the Kings. There
will be trouble for Ulster. Ulster
have managed to get back somehow and
have managed to win the ball, and
well done by Piutau, John Andrew
perhaps should have passed the ball.
Piutau given an enormous boot. Where
will that bounce? Will it go dead
and if it does will it come all the
way back for a scrummage. Very
unfortunate for Ulster and Charles
Piutau who really didn't mean to
overcook that one. A long, long way
Excellent coming up pace and
depth than finding the whole and
good work by Piutau at the back to
find the turnover, just the short
run coming at pace to the retreating
Difficult tackle to make, Piutau
does well to close the space,
executes the tackle and gets through
his feet quickly to claim the ball
and Ulster again get some authority.
Just wondering, did Kingspan knock
back ball forward in the tackle from
Piutau -- a Kings player. Ulster
making other changes, Cave leaving
the field, number 23 Beauvue has
come on. Andrew Warwick has gone off
and Black will come on -- number 23
Tommy Bowe. Kings also making a
replacement, replacement hooker
Balekile is on. But it is going to
be a Kings scrummage.
Black straight into action.
Confirmation of Tango Balekile
coming on in the middle of the Kings
front row for Stephan Coetzee.
Ulster will have to be at their
best. A draw in the greater scheme
of things would be no good to
Ulster, they have to come away from
this match with a victory. Great
tackle by Ludik on the Kings
replacement Sage, number 23, and the
Kings going for the Ulster line, and
this is great stuff, the replacement
prop in there, great chance for the
Kings, Lerm, looking for a fourth
try themselves, they have never
achieved a conference point so far.
The man who started it off, Klaasen,
back in the Kings side, good
defending by Ulster, and the Kings
shunting towards the Ulster line.
Klaasen is over again. That is a
fourth try for the Kings and the
crowd quite ecstatic about that.
Four tries apiece but the Kings
goal-kicking has been better and
they are back into the lead as we
going to last quarter this game
Ulster have found themselves
under pressure and unable to contain
the Kings team. It has been a theme
in this game, once they get close to
the line and sent the powerful
runners they have short one of the
ruck, Ulster unable to hold them
back, and Kings have done well to
halt the flow of points on the
scoreboard and take themselves back
into the lead.
This fellow has kicked pretty well
all day. From a dreadfully
treacherous and strong wind. Kings
need this one. And he has made that
good yet again. So, Ulster have
become back once more. Never been in
the lead in this game, 22-22 was the
best they have got, the Kings set it
up nicely, terrific work once again
from Ntsila, and finished off by the
man who got the first try and now
has the fourth, Berton Klaasen, the
The Kings have proved
difficult to stop from that range
but Ulster with the wind at their
back need to ensure they don't allow
them into those positions.
knocked forward by the Kings on the
referee playing advantage. Picked up
by Gilroy. Reidy, Black in there to
help. Lealiifano. Wonderful staff by
Piutau, scything through on his own
and he is still going, just held
half a metre short, Cooney. Ulster
have to score from here, Lealiifano
having a go himself, taken on by
Ulster and they can't get it down.
Ross Kane has driven across the line
and the referee is going to go up to
the TMO I think. Ross Kane might
have got a tip down but it is a very
close call. Ulster think he has it.
Ulster, great response, go behind
the mistake from the Kings let's
them back in. They find a way. Not
granted initially but he found a way
to get it down.
Terrific work by
Ross Kane. He was held up by the try
scorer Berton Klaasen and had to
work extremely hard, did he roll it
over the head of the defender? This
is tantalisingly slow, all it has to
do is touch the ground, is he in
possession of it? Can he use the
great strength of his? It looks as
if he might just have got it to you
know. To me he has got it down, is
there a hand underneath it? It
depends whether the ball is down on
the ground in between the hands of
the defender Berton Klaasen. This
may be a slightly better angle, came
rolled over, can he get it down? Go
on, you little rascal! Oh, I'm not
so sure. Not from there, that's not
That angle certainly looks as
though it has been held up.
another movement there just as
number 16 kindly came in, Balekile.
This might be the better run, Ross
Kane giving it everything. We
certainly rely on these slow-mo s.
Shaun Veldsman the man in the truck
having a look at it. From there, of
the ball is down, came working and
working and working and working, and
what is the decision going to be?
Ulster got all the way back to
halfway, they think it's a try. --
Kane working and working and
Shaun Veldsman said he recommends
the referee gives a five metre
scrum. Not clear and obvious the
ball was grounded so the Ulster fans
who made a long trip from Belfast or
Dublin via Johannesburg and Port
Elizabeth will be disappointed but
Ulster have a five metre scrum, and
with just over 50 minutes remaining
Ulster need to start thinking about
winning this game.
They are in the
right part of the pitch, no need to
panic, plenty left on the clock,
just about going through the
processes now, particularly at
scrum, make sure they get
possession, and not panicking, going
through phases, we have seen how
easy it has been for teams to score
once they get in this position on
the pitch and Ulster will look to do
their starter plays from the scrum.
Diack on for his 202nd Ulster
appearance. Rea has gone off. Black
just having a little glance to his
left to the touch judge on the
nearside saying he is not happy with
the scrummaging of the replacement
This is a big scrum for Ulster, 15
minutes remaining. Very low, good
strike, bit of pressure, good scrum
by the Kings. Cooney grants lunches
to his then goes right, Diack
straight into action.
Good counter rucking by the Kings,
referee has the hand-out, saying
that was nudged forward by Ulster
and the Kings get the foot into the
scrum and that is good defending by
the Southern Kings.
Ulster will be disappointed with
that, they established the field
position and came close to scoring
then gave the opportunity to the
Kings to release that pressure, and
no need to panic but they will be
lancing up and understanding it is
seven points in difficult kicking
conditions, converting the tribe
will always be an issue, but
excellent counter rucking for the
Kings and I am sure they are
influenced by the scoreboard and the
chance to get their first win in
Nails being bitten
on the Ulster bench. Jeremy Sage,
the Kings replacement, in the middle
of that, helped initiate that
counter rep. Great squeeze by
Ulster. A deliberate bits of
wheeling by Ulster, the referee
says. Ulster have conceded a
penalty. Change on the Kings sides,
Welemu wearing 19 has come on and
off has gone Greeff. A very familiar
figure as well, more on that in a
moment. Charles Piutau. Runs into a
fairly hefty prop forward. Penalty.
Cooney thought about it quickly but
Ulster will be better employed to
put it into touch, not quite sure
who is taking on the Ulster
captaincy now Henry has gone off.
Looks like Reidy was issuing
instructions, could be. Here is
Lealiifano. What a good kick. That's
The choice was obvious
given Ulster's line-out. Given the
scoreline of a 7-point deficit, and
excellent kick into the corner and
they will look to keep this simple,
rest assured that is not going
anywhere outside the forward pack.
They got it at the second attempt,
well read by Bobby de Wee.
Kings pair in the way, Cooney again.
Ross Kane. Good take, straight
through by Trimble, wonderful finish
by Andrew Trimble, Ulster's most
capped player getting another league
try. His 50th league try so another
milestone for Andrew Trimble, and he
has got Ulster's fifth try for the
conversion to come but that will
keep Ulster level.
Good line, well
constructed there, Tommy Bowe runs a
very short angle onto that ball and
track the defenders and Trimble runs
from under around the corner, they
don't see him coming and the big man
running at that pace finds the
perfect gap and gets Ulster back to
within two points with the
conversion to follow. Drawn
scoreline with ten minutes to go.
Ulster the team with the wind at
their backs. No need to panic, they
just need composure and accuracy for
the last ten minutes, get into the
Kings 22 and they have shown they
have scored when they can do that.
Excellent running angles by Trimble.
Nice pass by Cooney who will take
the conversion. Trimble and Bo
exchanging hugs, the two most
experienced players in the division.
Another change for the Kings, Majola
has come on wearing 17. Well taken
by Reidy under pressure by Berton
Klaasen. Ludik not given much in the
way of room. Ulster pinned inside
the 22, they have to get it in. He
has given that an almighty thump,
what a good kick that is. A line-out
to the Southern Kings. Leo le Fondre
has made some 70 metres for Ulster.
Ulster playing from deep with the
wind at their back. You now put
pressure on the opposition line-out.
You try to force the error. Get
territory again. They will be well
within kicking range albeit in
difficult conditions. They have
shown if they get anywhere near the
try line the opportunities will
If the score stays like this
it will be two points apiece for a
draw and one for a tri- bonus 03
points. Ulster expecting more than
that. Balekile, the replacement
hooker. He was actually dummying the
throw. Given away possession, only a
free kick but Ulster won't be happy
with this. Sean Reidy. Will wrap
around again, good for it round made
by Lealiifano. Alan O'Connor. A bit
of a high tackle there. Ludik.
Beautiful by Ludik. Treadwell
looking for his first-ever Ulster
try. Cooney, Reidy, nicely done,
Andrew looking for a hat-trick.
Still there for Ulster, Diack, Ross,
gets it over, Ross gets try number
six for Ulster and for the first
time with eight minutes to go Ulster
go into the lead here in Port
Just showing again that
clinical finishing, taking the ball
into contact, quick speed of recycle
and Batman Clive Ross comes from a
deep angle. That is the key feature,
excellent hands here, clever work by
Andrews, not being forced into
touch. The speed the ball comes back
with an player is running at depth
with pace, that close to the line,
difficult to stop, and Ulster will
feel they should do enough now to
close this one out.
try for Clive Ross. Lealiifano not
wearing headgear. Ten tries but from
an Ulster perspective six, and they
are leading this game with seven
minutes remaining. If it stays like
that Ulster will just move ahead of
Leinster into second place behind
the Scarlets. Lee-Lo Farnell has
managed to land back well in that
tricky wind in evidence again --
clearly Faetano has managed to land
back. Ulster now leave 36-29. Clive
Ross low and combative and
competitive, what a good try by
Away again. Well taken by Reidy who
has had a terrific game for Ulster,
lost it just as we said that,
dummied by the replacement hooker,
away for Trimble to tackle. The king
is not finished by any means, drawn
game no good to Ulster, they need it
least four points.
Still therefore the Kings. Battling
away. Hurtling into just about
everything that has gone forward.
Referee says not backwards, away and
another chance for the Kings. The
Kings have got another try, can you
Five tries now for the
Kings and with the conversion to
come they have a chance of
up this game again. What an
extraordinary game in Port
Absolutely no pattern to
this game whatsoever. Ulster score a
try and you think they have done
enough but the Kings comeback and
the counter blow after counter blow,
the Kings will be delighted with
this opportunity, two players coming
in on the same man and the Kings
managing to manufacture a try when
you thought Ulster had done enough
to kill this game. A kick to come in
difficult conditions aren't coming
back against Ulster and finding
another way to score a try.
difficulty to get the ball away from
tight situations has cost them
again. Still time for Ulster to
bounce back. The score of any kind
Not an easy kick, you
would think it was regulation in
normal conditions but as we have
seen with the strength of this wind,
their really -- it really is a
lottery and Ulster will be hoping
this doesn't go over. A little less
nervous of remaining five minutes
This is a crucial kick,
absolutely crucial for the Kings and
indeed Ulster. Ulster charge, and
he's landed it, make no mistake
whatsoever, so once again, honours
even. What a scoreline, 70 odd
points scored but evenly split,
Kings 36-36 Ulster, and this was a
try. Lovely little show which grew
in the defenders and a fine run
taken by Penxe. Long run by Ulster.
Kept in by Ulster somehow. Here goes
Piutau, he has got away from
everybody, back inside to Diack and
Diack scores try number seven for
Ulster! I do not believe what is
going on in this stadium. Ulster
back in the lead again, is there
time for the Kings to come back yet
again? You wouldn't bet against it,
You wouldn't rule
anything out in this game. It has
certainly been high-scoring. An
excellent kick than a kick chase,
Piutau again need so little space to
create those opportunities, then
draws the final man, the flow down
the tackle, Diack doing the hard
yards, running from distance and
finding a way to ground the ball,
and digging Ulster out of a hole
Seven tries by Ulster, Piutau,
amazing footwork down the ring and
Diack did well enough to roll over
and get the body and his hands down
to make sure of the try and the
conversion to come, Ulster hearts
will be in their mouths to see if
they can hang on for this one --
down the wing. They want the bonus
point plus three more and it still
doesn't look as if it might have
been enough. It still might not be
enough, who knows? Clearly far no
with the conversion. Has he got
that? Certainly has, good kick by
Lealiifano. Ulster leading by a
converted try, not for the first
time. Watch this from Piutau, look
at that, Round 1, two, three men,
kept well in field, lovely sidestep,
work rate support by the 202 times
capped Diack. Can Ulster gather?
Diack knocks at board, Ulster give
the ball away and the referee I
think has decided the initial not
forward was by the Kings and Ulster
have got away with that.
the next twist in the tale, but
Ulster scrum now, should be able to
win their own ball and then the
decision for them is do they go
through multiple phases or kick this
one down deep and give the Kings the
opportunity to run from deep? First
and foremost the concentration will
be winning possession from the
McBurney has come on the
field. A huge scrum for the
youngster, joined the rugby trade at
Randles town. In it goes, good work
by McBurney, good scrum by Ulster,
Cooney, Piutau. Always next ground.
Cooney again. Lealiifano. Ross,
scorer of, I can't remember which
try, number six I think. Well run on
the ground by Ulster. Cooney,
Trimble needs to hang onto the ball
and has done, good strength from
Andrew Trimble, well tackled. By
dries Van Schalk Brits. -- Dries van
Schalkwyk. What a thumping tackle.
He set it up nicely. Get off the
foot, code says the referee. Louis
Ludik, into the final 30 seconds for
so, will also come away with maximum
points and move into second place?
For a long time you wouldn't have
bet your mortgage on it. Here goes
Cooney, Lealiifano, Clive Ross.
Rolls into a couple of hard tackles,
Lealiifano again, Gilroy hasn't had
much of a chance on his 150th Ulster
cap occasion, youngest player to
reach 100 and then 150. Diack in his
tenth season gives away the penalty.
Well... This could go into the
corner. There is no point, it is too
far out on the wind is awful so they
will have to go for the corner and
try to force something out of this.
Is there another twist in the tale
of this extraordinary saga in Port
It didn't function well
on the last one, they will need to
be better on this one to secure
possession and Ulster needed to
control that for another phase, the
penalty comes, big hit coming in
there, lined it up well and will be
desperate to close this game out.
I think it was Clive Ross, number
20, came in from the side. This is
the last set piece of what has been
the most amazing game of rugby.
Ulster must challenge this. Ulster
have come away, all they have to do
is set it up and go to ground. I am
sure McBurnie realises that this is
not a time for personal glory, it is
for getting the ball as far into
touch as possible. Ulster are
running this for some unknown
reason. That should be the end of
The flag goes up, and it is. Ulster
have scored more... No fewer than
seven tries, you would think it was
a romp, but it was far from a romp.
The game was in the balance until
the end, it was not high quality but
it was entertaining, tempo and
ambition from both sides, ultimately
the Kings will be left to rue the
try scoring opportunities they left
in the first 20 minutes.
point went to Ulster, an amazing
Ulster coming home with five points,
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Saturday afternoon. An amazing win
for Ulster, but is that perhaps a
result leaving more questions than
I don't know, I am still
sitting in shock at what we have
just witnessed in the second half,
it was a crazy game of rugby. One
man, Charles Piutau, turned it
around in the last few minutes and
made the break to get the winning
try the Robbie Diack, who will not
be with us next season when he moves
on to Bristol. Kings have not
registered a point this year, they
got two points in that game. The
defence was really iffy, just to
concede the amount they did against
a very, very average Kings team does
seem like there are still lots of
questions to be asked.
Before we break down the
performance, let's talk about the
positives. Ulster bouncing back to
get the win when their backs were
against the wall and the second
half. That would be the most
important thing, I would imagine?
At times we were worried about the
outcome. They have five points, you
cannot get more than much out of the
game. The Kings having two points,
that will not be a factor at the end
of the season. They have come out
with a full match points and the
fact they have scored seven tries is
good, because scoring against any
team can be tough. It was difficult
that they will be frustrated. Again,
more experience from some of the
younger guys in a big game and a
different atmosphere. Let's take the
five points and move on.
It is five
points, it is a win and the table
makes a bit better reading than it
has done. Ulster moving to second
place in the table above Leinster,
who were beaten by Glasgow last
night. Scala 's are still top by six
points. -- Scarlets. Ulster started
the second of the way they would
have wanted to start the first?
the wind at your back you know you
will get a couple of purple patches
throughout the half to get back into
the game. I thought they would run
away with it a bit more in the
second, but fair play to the Kings,
they came back into it. They should
have been kicking to the corner and
driving over all day.
When they got
the basics right, they did it well?
There was a bit of a splinter but it
was literally a walk in the park for
the Ulster lads, it is not hard
work. Walking through the Kings
defence, that should have happened
more often than we saw today but it
is a good score, when you are
playing with the wind you knock it
into the corner, as we said at the
top of the show, continue to apply
pressure. At the start of the second
half they did that.
On the John
Andrew try was followed by another
good score by Clooney?
putting the pressure on.
start, a good carried by Trimble.
Just the simple things, nice
wraparound play. A big hits behind
the line. When you lose the gain
line you have to go back down, nice
wraparound play. Charles was
instrumental. It is just the basics,
that is a set pattern, getting the
faces are not doing anything fancy.
That is a fantastic score, however
the Kings defence is shambolic,
really bad. Hitting in at any
opportunity. They are so lazy, not
working with one another. The Kings'
defence was so poor, that you can
only play what is in front of you.
Ulster recognise they would catch
them back down the short side, they
The biggest negative about
the Ulster performance will be the
defence, which was particularly
disappointing, and how they let the
Kings back into the game with the
second Klaasen score.
To concede the
number of tries they did will be
frustrating. They are losing some of
the game lines. Whether that was a
tactic due to the referee giving
penalties away or whatever, they
were not getting the ball down.
Looking at that one free train you
must have nine people within two
meters of the ruck, that is no good.
Over the last couple of weeks they
seem to be defending very narrow. It
means you are never making dominance
hits. If they are not getting the
tackles to the likes of Rory Best
and Stuart McCloskey, it is an easy
Credit to Ulster, they bounced
We are going to talk
about bouncing back a lot! They were
and came back with two
scores to get themselves back in
Les on the management team
will be talking about the
resilience, a bit like down at
Scarlets earlier in the season. They
had to bounce back a couple of
times. It is holding onto
possession, you will break loose
Kings team down. Look above from
Tommy Bowe, that is what we're used
to seeing. Direct, hard, hitting an
inside shoulder and Andrew Trimble
is at the back door to go over
pretty much untouched. When you hold
onto the possession, you make life
difficult for the opposition and
that is what it was all about.
were not trying to do anything
fancy, good, quick, ruck ball. John
Andrew did very well. I think Clive
Ross found a mismatch in the
negative angle. They did the simple
things well for their own tries. The
trouble was when they try to be
fancier, did not look after the ball
well and gave the Kings opportunity
Should we give the Kings more
credit? In they came with another
I think so. They did
not know when to lie down. When they
went behind they stuck at it.
Manufactured another try. Sometimes
the odd fortuitous bounce went their
way, but that is a great delayed
pass. It is easy just to give our
past. Christian Lealiifano would
have headed in and got the tackle,
but delayed it. He stayed out for
half a yard and gives it and it is a
lovely finish. He got the kick over
against the wind, that was difficult
and got them level. The
bouncebackability of the Kings were
something to be admired, they put a
lot of hard and effort into the
Will Ulster fans after
this performance be thinking about
the Kings played well today and put
a lot of points on Ulster, and not
feeling the satisfaction of a bonus
point victory for Ulster today, will
they be looking about performance
and disappointed even though they
won the game?
initial reaction will be
disappointed, but in April and May
Ulster second in the league and you
will look at the game and say they
dug in with boys missing and got the
five points. I don't think we can
underestimate the Kings playing in
that stadium, they will have enjoyed
making it uncomfortable for Ulster.
Whenever teams play in really nice
stadiums it is easy to get up for
it, so going forwards for Kings, it
is taking other teams out of their
comfort zone. For them it is
positive, Ulster fans had to be
pleased at the five points, there
was a good while where you worried
they would get nothing.
Charles Piutau with a fantastic
break set up the winning score for
Ulster, and it won them the game, it
does not feel a very satisfying
Ulster win this afternoon. Some of
the top European teams would surely
go there and absolutely hump a side
like the Southern Kings?
agree. If you saw Saracens going to
the Kings, you would expect and 80
or 90 point victory.
Not scraping a
Not scraping a win. But the
thing all Ulster fans are talking
about is not the 5-point victory and
some of the really nice tries, it is
the soft tries they conceded, we let
in 30 odd points against a terrible
Kings side. Ulster is not going
anywhere, we are not putting in the
right performances, the consistency
is not there. To some degree, you
have two agree a little bit. The
consistency is not there. They
leaked that amount
of points against a very mediocre
team. There will be questions asked,
but let's be positive, Ulster got
five points, they are sitting
second, ahead of Leinster, it is a
long season ahead, there will be
plenty more and we will see
entertaining rugby going ahead.
Asters and disappointing
performances, do you think the
coaching team is under pressure? --
after some disappointing
I think it is, week
in, week out. It is like a
Premiership football, how long will
you last, instead of doing the job.
That is what it feels like.
Professional rugby such a big
business and if you are not winning
trophies or getting results,
questions will be asked. But going
back to my point at the top of the
show, when your chief executive is
promising to be best in the world in
five years, that is what they are
trying to achieve, and you get
nowhere near, there will always be
But the break in the Pro
14 perhaps comes at a good time for
Ulster to let them regroup before
the next important phase?
season is a bit of a slob, the
players have to go away, relax,
recharge and come back ready for the
next block of games. I think it is
Dragons and Sebring next, two very
winnable games. Suddenly you win
them and that is ten games -- it is
Dragons and Zebre next.
those games papering over the
Potentially, but you can
only play what you have. They might
need an overhaul at different
levels, going back to schools and
bringing in academy players. They
have players away with injuries, key
players. All teams have
internationals, Ulster's team, when
you factor in the likes of Coetzee,
people you expect to be in all the
time, taking a big ballplayers, it
And big-name players to
come back from the Irish
international duty, and they will
look to them to step up their
performances for the Ulster team?
They will, and the likes of Jacob
Stockdale, I know I talk about every
time, but he really is a breath of
fresh air. He hopefully lights up
the international scene over the
next couple of weeks because he is a
really, really good talent. Rory
Best might find more form with
Ireland and come back again and
bring back to Ulster. It is a long
season, a bit of a slog, hopefully
Ulster can find their mojo and keep
the fans happy.
Let's hope so.
Thank you for your company, Steve
Lots of rugby coming up on BBC
Northern Ireland, the Pro 14 takes a
break, we turn our attention to the
international game. The autumn
internationals is next Saturday,
live on BBC Radio Ulster.
As is Ireland
So, that's it. Ulster have won and
80 point, 12 try thriller this
afternoon. Just about. From all of
Stephen Watson presents coverage of a unique Pro14 game in South Africa as Ulster take on the Southern Kings. The game will be hosted at the Wolfson Stadium in Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth. Gavin Andrews will be reporting from pitch-side along with former Ulster captain Johann Muller.
Former internationals Stephen Ferris and Ryan Constable are in the studio for match analysis, while Jim Neilly provides commentary.