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Southern Kings v Ulster

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

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the Southern Kings, who are yet to

register a point in the new look pro

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14. All-star arrive on the back of

two defeats, can they turn their

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fortunes around this afternoon? It

is a round aid from the Wolfson

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Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Good afternoon, it is they want PMK

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coffee, 3pm in South Africa. Stephen

Ferris and Ian Humphreys join us for

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the game today. But let's bring you

up to date with what has happened so

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far this weekend in the Pro 14, and

what a game in Scotland last night.

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Glasgow defeated Leinster, this was

the try of the game, sure to be a

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contender for try of the season, a

scintillating break by Glasgow to

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set up a touchdown for Nick Greg.

Quite a game, with 42 points scored

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in the opening 25 minutes. This was

Glasgow's fourth try to secure a

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bonus point. After sprinting the

length of the field, Matawalu

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probably could have scored himself

but unselfishly let Nick Greg

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finish.

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Glasgow are top of conference A,

Munster second. The scholar 's go

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top of conference be, the Dave

Redding -- leapfrogging Leinster.

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Ulster was a chance to go second

after last week's defeated Leinster

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and after what we just saw Glasgow

do to Leinster, how important is

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about Ulster get back to winning

ways?

A few weeks ago that would not

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have been as much pressure, but over

the last couple of weeks they have

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put so much pressure on these guys,

they have moved the venue to a

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different place, just to try to get

the crowd to get behind the Kings. I

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am not sure of that will happen, the

page does not look great. Everything

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is behind Ulster -- against Ulster,

but they have two focus. It is just

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another page, another set of lines,

and at the stadium, another game of

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rugby. They have to play, but huge

pressure and if the result goes

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against them more and more questions

will be asked.

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The ground the Kings normally play

in is the state-of-the-art Nelson

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Mandela Stadium, but today the game

has been moved to a venue in a

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township, Wolfson Stadium, where the

facilities and the picture are a bit

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more basic. The coach said this week

he thinks Ulster could be walking

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into an ambush, but surely Ulster

must be able to adapt to these

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different conditions and

environments?

Any time you go away

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from home it will be different, it

is not like Ulster have ever played

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at the other Stadium, this was

always going to be something new and

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it is the same pitch, same size of

pitch and against a team who have

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not won so far. My concern, it is

unlikely the Hull will go zero in 11

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at home, they will be looking for a

win. Ulster have played away twice,

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both Italian teams, they have

struggled. -- it is unlikely the

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Kings will go zero out of 11 with a

win.

Ulster have been imported

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Elizabeth acclimatising and taking

in the sights and sounds of South

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Africa this week, but it is no

holiday -- oldster have been in Port

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Elizabeth. The team knows it is not

a holiday and they have been finding

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the Pro 14 pretty difficult so far.

The weather is good, a big fight

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over year, getting to do things like

this, seeing safari. -- a big flight

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over year. This is not what you

would usually see on Rory Best's

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farm! The last two weeks have been

very disappointing, with that

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Leinster performance a lot others

are disappointed with our rugby be

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played and maybe the rugby we did

not play. We know what a big and

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this is for us, a potential banana

skin.

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It is a great opportunity to get out

and see different places.

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I am enjoying it.

For the players it

has been a special experience, a

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tour at the end of a long block of

games, but when it comes down to

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business, they know they have to

win.

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It will be warm, it will be loaded

in the stadium, we just can't wait

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for the opportunity. -- it will be

allowed in the stadium.

A big game

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for us in terms of championship

points. When you look at their

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games, they have been tight up to

the 60 or 70 minutes mark, we are

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hoping to put on a good 80 minute

performance. The Gallup always good

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fun going on to a surrounded with

your mates. It is amazing to get my

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150 of this week. But we are here to

win, that will top off a good week

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but the week is almost for nothing

if we do not come away with a win.

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A landmark 150th appearance for

Craig Gilroy, ten changes from last

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week, five and forced because of the

Irish call ups. So there is no Rory

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Best, no Alan Henderson, Jacob

Stockdale, Stuart McCloskey to name

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a view. But surely Ulster have a

strong enough team to do the

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business?

I think so, you look at

how the Kings have got on, they have

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only scored 17 points, that was the

highest. Ulster have struggled

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defensively in the last few weeks

but they have enough experience to

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go out there and get a fuel early

scores and settle nerves. It is a

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big day Foley Livorno and John

Cooney, they need to go out and play

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in the right areas. -- it is a big

day for cellar Christian and John

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Cooney.

Ulster will be feeling the heat, it

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will be very warm. But after what

has been a topsy-turvy, difficult

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season so far, do you think they

will feel a lot more added pressure?

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Definitely. I think it is the manner

in the defeats. The boys got a bit

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of a pumping in the second half

against La Rochelle, it was kind of

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a marker that they are not up with

Europe's top teams. To bounce back

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at home against Leinster the

following week, it just did not

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happen and Leinster, for me, were

playing at 60 or 70% and easily beat

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Ulster, the amount of turnovers,

easily giving possession back to a

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strong Leinster team, it was

worrying times in the second half,

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especially when things went awry.

Nobody could seem to grab it and

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pull it together, that worries me

about today, leadership you talked

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about, Henderson, Rory Best, they

are out of the team. So who will

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grab it now? Who will stand up and

say we're in a difficult situation,

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let's take the bull by the horns and

try to get things back on track?

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Much more added pressure.

Ulster

have had a pretty special

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relationship with South Africa in

times, many players from the country

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have represented the team, like

former captain Johann Muller. He is

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back living in South Africa that has

been talking to us.

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As expected temperature and the wind

are both up, how terrible it be for

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Ulster?

It will be tough, conditions

are not great, it is really windy,

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it is known as the Windy city in

South Africa. Conditions are not

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great, but the sun is out, it is dry

and hopefully some exciting rugby.

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What type of intimidation venue has

this venue? -- intimidation factor?

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It is a bit intimidation. The first

five minutes will be key to the

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game. A big start is needed, if you

give these boys a sniff it will be a

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long afternoon for Ulster.

How nice

is it for you to see your mates on

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your home patch?

Absolutely. I wish

I was still playing. It is brilliant

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seeing you guys are meeting up this

morning, having a coffee. It is

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lovely. I am happy for them coming

to South Africa, experiencing a

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different culture and a bit of

sunshine. Really looking forward to

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the game and watching the boys play.

Have they got enough to do the

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business?

Like I said, the first

five minutes will be key, they need

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a massive start. If they give the

Kings a sniff, it will be a long and

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tough afternoon. A big start really

needed.

Enjoy the game.

Thank you.

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Johann Muller was the type of player

Ulster could have done with last

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week. When their line-out completely

fell apart in the second half

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against Leinster. This will be an

area today where they will have to

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try to shore things up.

They are on

their own line, they needed a bank

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the ball, to get out of the red

zone. Time and time again, whether

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it was a throw, miscommunication, a

skewed throw, Rory's first game back

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for a while, it probably did not go

the way he wanted, but he changed

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hooker and the same thing happened.

When you lose a couple and it gets

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into your head, it becomes a mental

thing, but I think they worked on it

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all week and they know it is an area

they have to have 100%, ten out of

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60 line-outs against a good Leinster

team at home is not good enough,

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they will put that right today, for

sure.

Let's hear from the Ulster

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director of rugby. It has been a

long week on a fun week, but

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business time. Are you ready?

Has

been fun but also work, the guys

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have really worked hard and embrace

environment, embracing where we are

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playing the game. It comes down to

the 80 minutes.

How tough and

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afternoon will it be?

The wind is

unpredictable, it is quite strong,

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playing with it or against it will

challenge us, it will be a tough

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afternoon.

What do you think is key for Ulster

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this afternoon to make sure they can

win? Johann Muller said they need to

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get off to a good start?

Game

management and cutting down the

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errors. The La Rochelle game, after

half-time La Rochelle picked off,

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Ulster knocked its own, La Rochelle

win the Ulster 22 for the next

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however many minutes. Back in the

day, we learned that if you are

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struggling you go down to a four or

five-man line-out, win the ball. It

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does not matter if that is not what

you practised, possession is key.

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Staff the Kings of possession and

territory. The Kings will be

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nervous, they have not won yet and

they will be thinking coming here we

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go again.

Leinster kicked the ball

25 times in that game, but they

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kicked when they were on top and

they put the ball behind Ulster,

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applied the pressure. Ulster need

not to play into the Kings' hands,

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get the ball in behind them, a

pressure game, suck the life out of

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them. That is what Leinster did to

them last week, learn from their

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mistakes.

What have you been was

disappointed with with Ulster this

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season, what do they have to change

most today? A winning result, yes,

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but what do they have to change?

We

have been talking for three years a

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week in, week out, about

inconsistency. It is the same topic

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each year, each week. They had to

address it. Three years ago I

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retired, five years ago we were

sitting in front of Shay Logan, the

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Sio, talking about being the best in

the world. Those are big comments to

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make. Ulster had to be the best team

in Ireland, get into the top two or

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three in the league. Try to win a

trophy. Coming out with those

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comments and filling everyone with

the expectation that they will be

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the best team in the world in five

years is ludicrous. It is getting

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back to basics, getting wins, giving

the fans something to cheer about

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and being realistic.

You have not

seen much progress over the last few

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years?

No. I have not. The players

that have come in, the players

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coming through, we see the likes

Jacob Stockdale, there is usually

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one shining light every year or two,

but it has to be addressed. And to

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go forward and make Ulster

successful, like everybody wants, it

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has to be looked at. Who is the

finger being pointed at? I do not

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think it is Les Kiss or Bryn

Cunningham, I think it is across the

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board, everything needs to be

addressed and big structures need to

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be put into place.

Isolde started

progress, winning away from home

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will be key? -- if Ulster are to

start to progress?

Yes, any

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successful side, you win your home

games and you pick up away games at

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the Dragons, Italy and South Africa.

Thank you both. Ulster in South

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Africa for the very first time,

let's see how they get on. We are in

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the company of Ryan Constable and

Jim Neely. COMMENTATOR: The

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temperature is not typical of the

Kingspan stadium, you can see by the

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flanks, and there are a fair number

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Kingspan stadium, you can see by the

flanks, and there are a fair number

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of people, the Southern Kings first

emerged in 2009 when they took on

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the British and Irish Lions in a

bad-tempered game. They have not

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made much progress so far, the new

additions, along with the Cheetahs,

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to the Pro 14. They have played

seven and lost seven. They have not

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scored a single losing bonus point

so they might hope this is the date

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where they redress that particular

balance. Needless to say, Ulster

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hoping to bounce back from

disappointing performances and

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defeats against La Rochelle in

Europe, then last week at home to

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Leinster, probably the least

acceptable result of the season so

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far.

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MUSIC PLAYS

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There is the man who is in charge,

his fourth game in this Pro 14,

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Quinton Immelman of South Africa.

His touch judges are also from the

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South African Rugby union. The TMO,

likewise. Under the captaincy of

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Chris Henry, Ulster have not lost a

game, maybe there is something to be

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read into that.

We saw Chris Henry

and Darren Cave in the shots in the

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changing room and on the pitch,

really laying down the law. It is

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those players with experience of

being on tour, knowing when to

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separate when you are on safari and

on the beach to when the whistle

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blows and you are on the pitch and

you need to deliver. Expect them to

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be very influential in their

leadership.

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25-year-old Oliver Zono will get

this under way. Came on as a

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replacement against Glasgow a week

ago.

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Andisa Ntsila played for the South

African A-side, very promising

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indeed. Ulster's reception at

kick-off was not terribly good. Had

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he called that, you might have been

in.

Johann Muller said at the start

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of the programme of the first five

minutes as crucial away from home,

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you had to make sure the crowd and

the home team do not get the

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momentum into the game. That is a

primary piece of possession. Ulster

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will not want to make errors like

that.

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Good work on the tight head side by

Wiehahn Herbst against the Kings'

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skipper.

Nice interplay between Ulster.

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Adventurous stuff. They have made a

bit of a hash of it in the middle of

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the park. Knocked forward by the

Kings, the first knock forward by

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Ulster. They did not need to be

doing that. Overcomplicated in their

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own 22?

It did look like all the

players were not fully aware of what

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the call was. We have seen from

games played last night, Glasgow

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running from deep, when you do that

you want to keep it simple, be

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direct, set up the option to click

on both sides, bring the wing is up.

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Ulster guilty of overelaboration.

Once again, it is those poor

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individual skills, it is retaining

possession when you are away from

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home, particularly opening of a

game, it gives a wonderful

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opportunity early on.

Stephan

Coetzee in the middle of the Kings'

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front row, the only change in the

pack. Their skipper got injured

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against Glasgow. Curtsy came on to

play. -- Coetzee came on to play.

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Now can they use this extra lbs?

Matty Rea on the Ulster blindside,

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that is a good scrum.

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A good tackle the by Louis Ludik,

did what he does best.

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All the pressure coming from the men

in Black, Ulster will have to be

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very smart. Has he gone over? The

referee had his hand out for

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something. There will be a penalty

given. The referee is having a

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really good look. I thought Rousseau

to cloak might have gotten. Somebody

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did, the Kings have scored. Not the

start that Ulster would have wanted.

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Right from the kick-off, they made a

mess of it inside their own 22, they

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have allowed the Kings to get in. It

was Carson, the 22 ridge Centre. He

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looked like he might have squeezed

over.

The runners keep finding a

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way. The scrum came from an Ulster

area, excellent continuity from the

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Kings, a good quality of recycled

possession.

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Just three minutes gone and the

Ulster line was crossed. Zono

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drafted in to play number ten,

because they have problems in that

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position. Let's see if his kicking

is any good. Fortunately for Ulster,

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it is not. But what a good start by

the home side, Ulster will have to

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respond quickly.

It goes down to the

possession. But close to the line

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you will have two struggle to keep

repeated runners out. The defence

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really has the opportunity to set

the tone and urgency for the game,

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you don't want to be giving away

easy possession two teams inside

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your own 22.

Christian Lealiifano

and Charles Piutau are the only

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Ulster backs retained from last

week.

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Bobby de Wee is the try scorer.

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Kieran Treadwell needs to be careful

where he puts his feet, you are not

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allowed to kick the ball out of the

rock any more. Kings inside their

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own 22. -- out of the ruck any more.

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The full-back Yaw Penxe try to make

some ground. -- tried to. Ulster are

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offside.

Two what looked like

knock-on is being missed by the

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referee and the assistant referee.

Ultimately Ulster were penalised,

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having contained the Kings in their

own half. There is now the

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opportunity to clear the touch and

get into an attacking position once

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again.

Oliver Zono has the wind

behind him, he has put in a very

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good kick. Andrew Warwick might have

been overenthusiastic, crept past

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the back foot. One of three former

Ballymena Academy boys in the Ulster

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pack, I can't run when that last

happened. ... I can't remember when.

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That was a good tackle on Al Shaun

Barker, who came in from the left

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wing. Good stuff from the Kings.

Another try for the Kings, they are

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taking Ulster apart pretty

systematically. It was the full-back

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Yaw Penxe Garbine, all of a sudden

the Kings are in double figures.

A

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try which came from an Ulster

mistake, trying to achieve the line

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speed, it came from a penalty

line-out and they go through the

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phases again. Very good options,

Ulster denying the space and an

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excellent pick-up, no questioning

the finishing ability of the outside

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backs. They are big and they can

take every opportunity that comes

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their way.

Ulster's record on the

road, nudges this season but in

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recent seasons, has not been

terribly good. Nothing has improved

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in Port Elizabeth.

Not much of a crowd, but those who

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are here will appreciate the effort

by the home side, who have made all

0:23:480:23:52

the running in this game. Eight

minutes gone and Ulster are trailing

0:23:520:23:56

10-0. He did not manage to make it

12-0.

0:23:560:24:08

The assistant referee's flags went

up, they awarded that one. The angle

0:24:080:24:12

was quite deceptive, an excellent

finish, executing the right option,

0:24:120:24:16

but it comes down to possession. The

Kings had it all in the first eight

0:24:160:24:20

minutes, they utilised a very

efficiently and made sure they had

0:24:200:24:23

points on the board.

The conversion was good, good by

0:24:230:24:29

Ulster, but they trailed 12-0.

0:24:290:24:33

Cooney is not in the autumn

international squad, having played

0:24:380:24:41

for Ireland for the first time in

the summer tour to the USA and

0:24:410:24:46

Japan. What do Ulster do from here?

They are playing into the wind, it

0:24:460:24:50

is fairly kickable, do they have to

go for the corner?

0:24:500:24:54

I would be taking my point is at

this stage if it is in range.

0:24:540:24:59

Shellshocked from the start, but as

they have done through this season,

0:24:590:25:02

taking the opportunity to go to the

corner. Maybe out of range with the

0:25:020:25:07

wind, difficult to know. Inch

perfect kick, a perfect platform for

0:25:070:25:13

Ulster. Need to make sure the

line-out functioned properly and

0:25:130:25:15

they can get possession.

Good work by John Andrew, wriggled

0:25:150:25:20

to ground.

0:25:200:25:20

Christian Lealiifano's kick into the

corner was as good as you could

0:25:250:25:28

possibly get.

It has not got any better for

0:25:280:25:34

Ulster. It was pretty catastrophic

against Leinster a week ago. That

0:25:340:25:41

has not gone dead. Piutau had to

think about kicking about into the

0:25:410:25:46

strong wind. Ulster have conceded

the best part of 80 metres.

Again,

0:25:460:25:52

those individual errors are what is

culminating in Ulster standing in

0:25:520:25:55

their own 22 began under pressure.

Just seeing the effect of the winds,

0:25:550:26:00

it is obviously very strong and the

Kings will be aware they will need

0:26:000:26:04

to accrue the points while it is

that they're back. The tactical

0:26:040:26:08

change, it will be more about

possession. Important they do not

0:26:080:26:12

concede any further points on what

has been a pretty difficult first

0:26:120:26:16

ten minutes.

Bobby de Wee calling

the line-out for the Kings. Calling

0:26:160:26:20

to himself, that is pretty

effective. A good drive by the man

0:26:200:26:26

in black and red, Ulster concede a

penalty. Wiehahn Herbst guilty of

0:26:260:26:32

pulling the whole thing down. It

seems to be going from bad to worst.

0:26:320:26:35

They will be used to these

conditions. That is the challenge,

0:26:410:26:46

touring away, adapting to the

conditions. Obviously a very fast

0:26:460:26:50

servers, no issues with the playing

surface, but it is the winds that

0:26:500:26:54

they will be used to, the hookers

will be used to throwing into and

0:26:540:26:57

Ulster will have to adapt very

quickly because they can't afford to

0:26:570:27:00

give away so much possession.

This

will be the classic catch and drive,

0:27:000:27:05

I am pretty sure, from the Southern

Kings.

0:27:050:27:07

Here they come again, the Ulster do

and has to be pretty solid. -- the

0:27:140:27:21

Ulster defence has to be pretty

solid.

0:27:210:27:25

Here is the scorer of the first try,

looking for a second, Berton

0:27:250:27:29

Klaasen.

Taken on by Coetzee, the hooker.

0:27:290:27:35

The scrum-half was not too far-away.

Another try would be dreadful for

0:27:420:27:47

Ulster. Do we get it away. They are

battling. -- de Wee gets it away.

0:27:470:28:01

Ulster have themselves upside. This

will be another try. He has built

0:28:090:28:13

it. I thought I heard somebody

calling for offside, that should

0:28:130:28:20

have been a try for Michael Makase.

The pass was not great but that

0:28:200:28:24

would have put the tin hat on it.

It

would have been disastrous for

0:28:240:28:29

Ulster, the first time they have not

managed to convert blood pressure

0:28:290:28:33

and territory into points and grass

but alas... Last pass, they need to

0:28:330:28:40

respond by getting outside of their

own half and spending some time with

0:28:400:28:43

the ball in hand, they have not been

able to do that in the opening

0:28:430:28:47

stanza.

Makase will not want to look

at that, not part of his show real,

0:28:470:28:57

in years to come. -- his show real.

0:28:570:29:01

He played off the bench in a world

15 a few years ago, the same one

0:29:150:29:19

that Wilson of Ulster played in. He

has been around a time or two.

0:29:190:29:26

I watch the game against Glasgow

last week. For the first 45 or 40

0:29:310:29:34

minutes there was not much between

them. -- I watched the game. A solid

0:29:340:29:41

looking Ulster scrummage.

0:29:410:29:42

Ulster reluctant to kick because the

wind is blowing into their faces.

0:29:480:29:52

Kieran Treadwell, one of the

half-dozen Ulsterman on the Irish

0:29:520:29:56

panel released for this game. Andrew

Trimble, Ulster's most capped player

0:29:560:30:01

of all time.

That is the difficulty

when you play into such a strong

0:30:010:30:08

wind, it is probably difficult for

viewers at home to see on TV, at the

0:30:080:30:11

ground it is blowing a gale and

Ulster are tending to go through the

0:30:110:30:16

phases, trying to establish a better

kicking position, but they had to be

0:30:160:30:20

accurate and it is an unfortunate

knee on this occasion, but it is

0:30:200:30:24

accumulation of turnovers and

penalties allowing the Kings to

0:30:240:30:27

establish field position, bar that

one error they could have been three

0:30:270:30:30

tries up, they were very clinical,

if they can convert some further

0:30:300:30:34

points here they will be delighted.

0:30:340:30:44

Not even 15 minutes gone, 12-0 to

the Kings, two tries, one converted.

0:30:440:30:52

Interesting what the referee Quentin

Bemelmans says, the forwards are

0:31:000:31:06

pulling him back, that's a new one

on me -- Quentin -- Quintin in

0:31:060:31:17

Mohlmann. Good scrum. Tries to

control it. The referee has the

0:31:170:31:28

hand-out for the penalty. Not

forward yet again and they are doing

0:31:280:31:32

everything but score but they have

won the penalty is.

It is

0:31:320:31:39

interesting, three points on offer.

When you are on top like this, the

0:31:390:31:45

attitude is to go to the corner.

They have done well from their

0:31:450:31:49

driving mauls and take another

scrum. The last thing often needs it

0:31:490:31:53

is problem that's of time given they

are having issues the line-out. In

0:31:530:32:05

Ulster took the foot off the gas and

back came the Kings. For the second

0:32:090:32:17

time of asking the Kings five metres

from the line. You can see the

0:32:170:32:22

strength of the wind by the flags.

Another good-looking scrum. They are

0:32:220:32:27

going to try to squeeze the lighter

-- life out of this Ulster pack.

0:32:270:32:31

They made a hash of it. Still there

the Kings. Zono, good tackling by

0:32:310:32:46

Louis Ludik. Van Rooyen, nobody at

scrum-half. Taken on by the captain.

0:32:460:32:58

Ulster post about an arms length

away. Outstanding flank forward

0:32:580:33:02

again, van Rooyen pops it up, Greeff

tries to stretch, still coming back

0:33:020:33:10

on the Kings side, Ulster under

ferocious pressure here, there is

0:33:100:33:14

the drive and I think they may be

got over. The referee comes round

0:33:140:33:19

and somehow Ulster held up the

would-be try scorer but it is still

0:33:190:33:23

that the Kings, comes only get wide?

Has a go himself, cheeky little

0:33:230:33:27

feet, good defending by Ulster, that

has gone wide, and again they have

0:33:270:33:33

made a mess of it and Pengfei drops

it. They are anxious and have the

0:33:330:33:39

bits between their teeth and need to

calm down a little. They probably

0:33:390:33:43

have the chance to score three tries

there.

Clinical for the first two

0:33:430:33:50

tries then getting a bit overexcited

at not executing it well enough.

0:33:500:33:56

They know they need significant

points from this first half with the

0:33:560:33:59

strength of the wind at their backs.

They have left out a couple of

0:33:590:34:05

gilt-edged opportunities and may

regret that in the second-half.

You

0:34:050:34:08

wonder if there is a cut-off point

they will for at half-time. All

0:34:080:34:17

Ulster will want is not to concede

anything more by half-time and maybe

0:34:170:34:22

get something themselves.

It is a

real containment proposition for

0:34:220:34:26

Ulster at this stage and the best

way to do that is have the ball in

0:34:260:34:29

your hand and go through multiple

phases but you don't want to be

0:34:290:34:33

forced to do that in your own 22.

They have been unable to establish

0:34:330:34:37

any field position or have any time

in possession in this first 18 or so

0:34:370:34:41

minutes.

0:34:410:34:44

Nonplaying members of the Kings

squad watching on, needless to say

0:34:510:34:54

with great interest. Ulster getting

into the scrum, almost 18 minutes

0:34:540:35:00

played. The massive Rossouw de

Klerk. Had a spell with grass go and

0:35:000:35:07

Grenoble, on the tight head side for

the Kings -- Glasgow and Grenoble.

0:35:070:35:22

Ntsila, the 24-year-old, very good

player. Cave, now Piu Tao. --

0:35:220:35:33

Piutau. Much better by old stuff.

Cooney sidesteps, Andrew Trimble.

0:35:330:35:40

Better now by the men in white,

Ludik, nicely done, Reidy, gets

0:35:400:35:45

over, what a try by Sean Reidy, his

seventh league try and couldn't have

0:35:450:35:50

come at a more crucial time, as good

a try as Ulster scored all season.

0:35:500:35:58

Under their posts, and outstanding

try, much needed at this juncture.

0:35:580:36:02

Haven't had any possession or

territory and forced to run from

0:36:020:36:06

deep due to the wind in their faces.

Off-loading again is key, Piutau on

0:36:060:36:11

his feet long enough to get the

off-load away, then cleverly it

0:36:110:36:17

options taken, good communication

between players, coming from depth,

0:36:170:36:20

running at pace, not panicking on

the recycle then just too many

0:36:200:36:24

numbers on the wider channel, a

clinical finish from Ulster. Sean

0:36:240:36:30

Reidy takes it over the line and

Ulster will be relieved to get that

0:36:300:36:35

score.

Trimble did well going to

ground and roll another quickly and

0:36:350:36:39

presenting the ball quickly for

Ulster to continue the move. Ulster

0:36:390:36:43

having been ambushed in the opening

six or seven minutes of the game

0:36:430:36:48

when they conceded a couple of tries

have come back and got one of their

0:36:480:36:51

own. John Cooney into a pretty stiff

breeze. He has 50 points this season

0:36:510:37:01

for Ulster. Top points scorer by

some considerable distance. Looks

0:37:010:37:10

pretty straightforward, but a huge

breeze blowing straight into his

0:37:100:37:13

face. That has gone right across the

front of the posts. He needed to hit

0:37:130:37:19

that hard and low, hasn't managed it

but at least Ulster are back on the

0:37:190:37:24

board for the first time.

They could

have been four tries down with

0:37:240:37:28

clinical finishing from the Kings

but it is their opportunity now with

0:37:280:37:31

ball in hand and they have gone the

full distance, almost under the

0:37:310:37:35

posts with some of those passes, but

had the composure, good decision

0:37:350:37:39

making contact, went to off-load and

go to ground, excellent ball

0:37:390:37:43

security which has resulted in the

outstanding team tried.

They cannot

0:37:430:37:47

continue because somebody is down

injured. Can't see who it is. The

0:37:470:37:52

scrum-half, I think. Rudi van

Rooyen. On has come Rowan Gouws.

0:37:520:38:03

That is not so good, to see anybody

going off on a stretcher, with his

0:38:030:38:08

neck in a brace straightaway, and

they will strap him in on the

0:38:080:38:13

stretcher and taken off. We offer

Rudi van Rooyen our best wishes,

0:38:130:38:18

needless to say.

He was having a

very good game, taking good options

0:38:180:38:22

from the base of the ruck, big

runners coming at pace, which he

0:38:220:38:27

picked off the first two tries. The

Kings will be disappointed given

0:38:270:38:31

their territory and possession and

the try scoring opportunities, to be

0:38:310:38:35

looking at 12-5 scoreline.

Not quite

sure how that injury occurred. This

0:38:350:38:43

was the first try and van Rooyen

pumped it up from the Centre Berton

0:38:430:38:48

Klaasen who started the whole thing

off. This was the second one, a

0:38:480:38:57

delicate chip through and well

gathered by the full-back Penxe.

0:38:570:39:07

This was the best so far, finished

off by Ulster number eight Sean

0:39:070:39:12

Reidy.

Ulster are dangerous with

ball in hand. The problem has been

0:39:120:39:16

they have had no ball in hand, two

passages of play, and the second one

0:39:160:39:21

has resulted in that try. There will

be no panic, there is an opportunity

0:39:210:39:25

now with the break in the game to

gather themselves and took about

0:39:250:39:30

what they need to get possession.

Good conditions underfoot but the

0:39:300:39:38

wind is howling a massive effect on

the game.

It looks like van Rooyen

0:39:380:39:44

when smack dab into the back of

Ludik. He must have hurt himself. He

0:39:440:39:54

might have had a reflex reaction

that thrust his neck back. Ulster on

0:39:540:39:58

the board then that the Kings still

leading. Ulster try scorer Sean

0:39:580:40:03

Reidy. Contact with the opposition

front row, Cooney. Lealiifano, quick

0:40:030:40:13

hands, Piutau, good to Ludik. Still

playing with a wee bit more

0:40:130:40:19

composure -- Ulster playing with

more composure. Herbst supported by

0:40:190:40:23

Treadwell. Penalty against the Kings

second row forward Greeff. Just made

0:40:230:40:38

the tackle but made no attempt to

get away.

Usually when you are

0:40:380:40:44

playing it will win this big you

look for quick penalties, kicking to

0:40:440:40:48

touch is difficult comic line-out

possession is difficult, so if you

0:40:480:40:52

can speed up the tempo in terms of

quick taps it is good possession

0:40:520:40:55

then for Ulster it is about spending

time with the ball and trying to get

0:40:550:41:00

through the first half. The tactical

change at half-time, they will be

0:41:000:41:04

kicking much more for territory.

Cooney did it well to get it away,

0:41:040:41:08

Leif Arno missed in the middle of

the park, Reidy, Cooney again. A bit

0:41:080:41:17

of footwork there. Cooney, nobody at

outside-half. O'Connor. Penalty

0:41:170:41:26

given away. Might have been Herbst

to getting off his feet there but

0:41:260:41:34

O'Connor did well. He has had a good

season for Ulster. They have

0:41:340:41:40

conceded possession and with the

wind behind them I have no doubt

0:41:400:41:43

Oliver 's owner -- Oliver Zono will

make decent ground for the Kings.

0:41:430:41:50

Not as much as he might have wished

for perhaps.

Not as ambitious as you

0:41:500:41:56

would have thought they would have

been. De Klerk gets in a good body

0:41:560:41:59

position, hands on the ball, and

Ulster unable to clear out the ruck

0:41:590:42:06

and pursue a penalty. Forwards have

the opportunity now to get into the

0:42:060:42:09

Ulster half what they have spent the

majority of this game.

In the second

0:42:090:42:14

quarter Ulster came back from a 12-0

deficit. A quicker ball. The

0:42:140:42:22

scrum-half got it away well. This is

setting up and again also give away

0:42:220:42:29

a penalty at the breakdown, not

releasing in the breakdown and the

0:42:290:42:33

referee has been hot on that.

Policing the breakdown, clear with

0:42:330:42:39

his instructions, it you need to see

the space once the tackle is

0:42:390:42:43

affected, throwing their hands in

the year to show it has been

0:42:430:42:47

released, and an opportunity now for

a 3-pointer from distance but with

0:42:470:42:50

the wind behind.

Reidy made the

first tackle. Was he on his feet?

0:42:500:42:59

Interesting call.

Bieber a prominent

in this match defensively and with

0:42:590:43:11

those ball-carriers, the one

resulting in that try, the Kings now

0:43:110:43:16

probably frustrated they haven't

taken all the opportunities they

0:43:160:43:18

created on adopting now for the

three points to stretch that leads.

0:43:180:43:24

-- and opting now.

A long way out

and swirling but he had that very

0:43:240:43:29

nicely indeed, a conversion and now

a penalty added and the Kings add-on

0:43:290:43:34

another three points, and they are

leading by ten. 15-5 to their home

0:43:340:43:42

side. Ulster had to do it again,

they want to stay in touch by

0:43:420:43:46

half-time with another score two.

The live Arno gets it away, big

0:43:460:43:49

chase by Ulster. Sula has made

decent ground. Cooney put in a solid

0:43:490:44:02

tackle. Piutau thought about taking

it quickly and wisely changed his

0:44:020:44:07

mind.

Just now, close enough, it

would have been a risky path to go

0:44:070:44:13

that lends the first Ulster players.

Exercising some caution there and a

0:44:130:44:17

bit of trouble but managed to find a

way out using the right foot, fairly

0:44:170:44:22

strongly right footed and not

playing in the accustomed position

0:44:220:44:26

but found touch.

A little shot of

Gilroy celebrating his 150th Ulster

0:44:260:44:31

appearance. That has gone loose.

Well picked up by Ntsila, the pick

0:44:310:44:38

of the forward so far this evening.

Penalty.

0:44:380:44:43

The Kings hooker Stephan Coetzee

guilty of taking a man out past the

0:44:490:44:55

ruck. This looks very clickable but

will Ulster go over the corner? Just

0:44:550:45:00

been explained to the Kings skipper

Schalk Ferreira, second oldest

0:45:000:45:06

member of the Kings squad, winner

Alshaun Bock is 35, the oldest

0:45:060:45:14

player to make his debut in Super

Rugby. Crucial line-up for John

0:45:140:45:18

Andrew and Ulster, well taken by

Treadwell. -- crucial line-up.

0:45:180:45:24

Suspiciously offside there I have to

say by the loosehead prop and

0:45:240:45:28

skipper Ferreira. You can't do that.

You have to let the man come-down

0:45:280:45:34

from the line-out before you can

start that drives. A little

0:45:340:45:38

premature there, inching forward,

Ulster, good execution of that

0:45:380:45:41

line-out. Throwing to the front,

easy option, well taken, good setup

0:45:410:45:48

there. Just coming across too early.

Fortunate because it would have been

0:45:480:45:53

a knock-on for Ulster.

Same thing,

Andrews to Treadwell at the front,

0:45:530:45:59

Reidy in the back, Andrew Bayer

looking for his baldly tried. Good

0:45:590:46:03

drive by Ulster, they need to get

across this line. There is a second

0:46:030:46:09

shot, here goes Andrew for the lying

and the drive. John Andrew gets his

0:46:090:46:14

fourth league try and Ulster get

their second, and the gap has closed

0:46:140:46:19

once again.

Ulster showing how

simple the game be, straightforward

0:46:190:46:25

ball, surprised they didn't jack

anyone up, getting set for trying to

0:46:250:46:29

repel the rolling maul, then a good

setup, and just the weight comes in

0:46:290:46:34

from behind and Ulster do very well

to find their way, manoeuvring

0:46:340:46:38

whether drive was coming from the

Kings. Showing patience, not trying

0:46:380:46:42

to go too fast, giving the integrity

of the maul, Cave adding more

0:46:420:46:47

ballast and managing to find a way

across. They will be delighted with

0:46:470:46:51

the execution of that.

I wonder if

Cave would appreciate being referred

0:46:510:47:04

to as ballast? There is more to him

but I know what you mean, well

0:47:040:47:07

executed, the throw, lift and

catchword good, securing of the ball

0:47:070:47:09

was good and the drive was good.

Let's see if Cooney can make the

0:47:090:47:12

conversion are good and successful

one.

0:47:120:47:14

Look at the strength of that wind.

He could have aimed it for the near

0:47:250:47:29

post and it would have drifted in

but it drifted well wide but Ulster

0:47:290:47:33

in terms of tries back on level

terms, but because the opposition

0:47:330:47:38

has a conversion and a penalty there

are still five points between them

0:47:380:47:42

but more encouraging for Ulster

having been well behind are now

0:47:420:47:46

within touching distance.

The wind

didn't have a chance to affect that,

0:47:460:47:50

brought down, smuggled in closely to

the chest and driven across and

0:47:500:47:53

Ulster now want to ensure they get

this restart bright and clear their

0:47:530:47:58

territory against.

Well taken by

O'Connor. Cave, good strength by the

0:47:580:48:06

vastly experienced Darren Cave, is

198 cup for Ulster and he has got

0:48:060:48:11

away, need some help, maybe he

doesn't, he has given it away.

0:48:110:48:16

Darren, Darren! Chip and chase,

McCarthy has pace here and Piutau

0:48:160:48:22

will have to be quick. They will

have a look at that. They seem to

0:48:220:48:27

think he has got it. This would be

catastrophic for Ulster. The Kings

0:48:270:48:33

fans reckon Makase showed everybody

a clean pair of heels including

0:48:330:48:37

Charles Pugh towel who perhaps

wasn't going at full stretch. From

0:48:370:48:44

this Ulster may have conceded a

third try.

It has been pretty loose

0:48:440:48:49

and the kick just going with that

breeze and as it does, the

0:48:490:48:55

unpredictable bounce with two

chasers and one arm flashing out

0:48:550:48:58

looking to ground the ball.

Certainly the body language of the

0:48:580:49:01

Kings players is that this try was

scored, as we see the replay as to

0:49:010:49:05

whose hand gets there first, sitting

in the air, tantalising in this slow

0:49:050:49:10

motion as to whether there is

contact with the hand and the ball

0:49:100:49:13

which looks like there is on the try

should be awarded.

That will be a

0:49:130:49:17

try for Michael Makase. Piutau

didn't just do enough. That is a

0:49:170:49:25

great angle. He seems to have the

ball in control with his left hand

0:49:250:49:29

and he is controlling it and there

is contact between the ground on the

0:49:290:49:33

ball and the hand and I would be

surprised if the Kings have got

0:49:330:49:37

their third try. They are having

many looks at it.

Excellent body

0:49:370:49:42

position, nudging Piutau out of the

way there, and that has made it

0:49:420:49:46

difficult for him to get his hand to

the ball, just sneaking it under, I

0:49:460:49:57

am not sure why they need to look at

this too many more times. Clear

0:49:570:50:00

contact with the hand on the ball

and forced inside the dead ball

0:50:000:50:03

area, so I expect this try to be

awarded.

The TMO, Shaun Veldsman, is

0:50:030:50:06

playing it and playing it and

playing it, and referee Quinton

0:50:060:50:09

Immelman is looking and looking and

looking. Nothing changes. To me that

0:50:090:50:15

is a good angle, nice bit of slow Mo

there, I can't see what is wrong

0:50:150:50:19

with that. Looks like Ulster have

conceded it. McCarthy made of the

0:50:190:50:25

huge amount of ground.

You may award

the try.

The try has indeed been

0:50:250:50:34

awarded. So a third try for the

Kings. They once again open up a ten

0:50:340:50:43

point lead.

The first two try for

the Kings inside the Ulster 22

0:50:430:50:51

repeat phases. That one

opportunistic, and it was just all

0:50:510:50:55

about the gas. The Kings certainly

have that in abundance.

0:50:550:51:01

He hasn't kicked badly at all.

Oliver Zono. He has the wind behind

0:51:040:51:10

him but again it was a bit

treacherous. He struck back nicely,

0:51:100:51:15

has he brought it in? He hasn't. He

has indeed, they keep tripping away,

0:51:150:51:22

something wrong with the RA is here!

He got up again, set the whole thing

0:51:220:51:27

off, ball was... Look at the pace of

this guy, let it down the park and

0:51:270:51:34

fruit Mac came across and he dived

maybe a bit too late. McCarthy got

0:51:340:51:38

in and the conversion was good and

the Kings lead 22-10. Ulster win it

0:51:380:51:45

from the restart which is what they

need to do, get themselves back on

0:51:450:51:49

the scoreboard by the interval.

Andrew ducking into contact. Cooney

0:51:490:51:57

again, here comes O'Connor. Taken by

the number eight, Lerm. Gilroy

0:51:570:52:07

decide seems to come into the middle

of the park to see some action. When

0:52:070:52:14

they want to lose the unbeaten

record this season. Lealiifano has

0:52:140:52:19

caused enough problems. Cooney.

Trimble. Well released. Cooney

0:52:190:52:26

again. Warwick.

0:52:260:52:31

Pugh towel at outside-half. Kane

nicely to Treadwell -- Piutau at

0:52:330:52:41

outside-half. Not getting away in

the tackle against the Kings number

0:52:410:52:44

eight. Ruaan Lerm. Ulster have to go

into the corner.

Yes, having seen

0:52:440:52:53

that kicks from the ground there is

an much pawn other than -- point

0:52:530:52:58

other than trying to secure the

line-out, the rolling mauls work

0:52:580:53:01

well for them. Encouraging period of

play for Ulster, continuity, putting

0:53:010:53:07

structure on it, going through

phases and looking for holes in the

0:53:070:53:12

Kings defence. Intelligent

decision-making and the referee is

0:53:120:53:14

hot on players spending too long on

the ball. Not overly long there but

0:53:140:53:17

when you make the tackle you have to

be seen to be trying to move with

0:53:170:53:21

urgency away from that tackle zone.

Well taken by Treadwell, a little

0:53:210:53:26

too far out for Ulster perhaps to be

thinking about churning over for

0:53:260:53:31

another forward orientated try but

they are doing their best. Warwick

0:53:310:53:34

hasn't tucked under that -- has it

tucked under that brawny arm of his.

0:53:340:53:38

Needs a periscope so he can see

where he is going but Ulster are

0:53:380:53:42

moving the right direction and maybe

have the wherewithal to take this

0:53:420:53:45

out of the line for a second try.

Still moving. O'Connor has. Ludik,

0:53:450:53:52

Kane not far away, terrific drive by

the Ulster pack and now some of the

0:53:520:53:56

Ulster three quarters, down it goes,

the referee reckons it has been

0:53:560:54:00

taken down illegally but no one is

in the middle of the park for

0:54:000:54:04

Ulster, Cooney trying to move the

ball too far away, Cave with an

0:54:040:54:08

outrageous dummy.

0:54:080:54:11

Kane really digging in, Ulster

desperate for another try. Here they

0:54:140:54:18

come again. Slowly. Cooney, Henry

the captain helped by a O'Connor,

0:54:180:54:29

Cooney again, Lealiifano, Piutau,

nearly gets himself through, good

0:54:290:54:33

work by Piutau, Cooney, dangerous

stuff by Ulster, might well have

0:54:330:54:38

been considered a deliberate

knock-on and if that is the case

0:54:380:54:41

would they be looking at a possible

try and will that be a yellow card

0:54:410:54:44

by the full-back Penxe? It is

deliberate and I think he has gone

0:54:440:54:54

to the bin.

Normally that would take

a look at the wider angle to see if

0:54:540:54:59

there was cover defence raffer try

would have been scored but choosing

0:54:590:55:02

not to do that -- or if a try. It is

Ulster's opportunity now. They

0:55:020:55:08

expect them to opt for the scrum or

kick into the corner.

Cooney going

0:55:080:55:13

into the corner for the line-out.

Just about made it, no more. The far

0:55:130:55:20

side touch drudge, Ben Crouse, had a

good look at that. That was

0:55:200:55:23

deliberate. -- touch judge. The man

who scored the second try for the

0:55:230:55:30

Kings is in the bin for the rest of

this half and five minutes of the

0:55:300:55:34

start of the second or maybe a bit

more. Once again Treadwell the

0:55:340:55:40

front, Kings have maxed that quite

well. Ulster being shunted towards

0:55:400:55:45

the far touchline, have to give it

into touch, Trimble comes in then

0:55:450:55:49

changes his mind. Good work by

Andrew. Kings come right over and

0:55:490:55:54

the referee says also not making use

of that. That really was a wasted

0:55:540:56:02

chance by the men in white.

Much

better defence by the Kings on that

0:56:020:56:07

occasion, surprised how poor their

defence of the rolling maul has

0:56:070:56:10

been, not jacking someone up to make

it difficult for Ulster and forcing

0:56:100:56:13

them to go to the back. Difficult

controlling conditions. On this

0:56:130:56:18

occasion they got the defence of the

driving maul exactly right.

Ulster

0:56:180:56:22

hold on a bit too long realising

they were not going to go anywhere.

0:56:220:56:26

The structure, they weren't able to

prevent the Kings from infiltrating

0:56:260:56:30

and getting their hands on the ball.

Given the success they have had in

0:56:300:56:36

that department they probably felt

it was the right way to go, keeping

0:56:360:56:39

it involved, but probably the lack

of backs in the rolling maul is why

0:56:390:56:47

it didn't work out.

Good control at

the back. I am surprised the Kings

0:56:470:56:57

have come in field. Good striking by

Cave, good stuff by the Kings, three

0:56:570:57:02

Lerm again. They have pace out wide,

scorer of the first try, Klaasen

0:57:020:57:14

taken down. That is not backward and

Ulster get offside and the referee

0:57:140:57:19

says, go back to have taken through

the mark. Ulster still perhaps a wee

0:57:190:57:24

bit on the high side.

Particularly

away from home you want to keep the

0:57:240:57:28

penalty count low, definitely in

single figures, and playing into the

0:57:280:57:32

wind it is even more crucial because

it gives the Kings in opportunity to

0:57:320:57:36

go deep into Ulster territory and

start ramping up the pressure again.

0:57:360:57:41

Ulster have responded well to a

pretty poor start, but they went to

0:57:410:57:44

ensure the Kings don't have any more

points in the remaining four minutes

0:57:440:57:50

of this first half.

Ntsila Timmy has

been outstanding and as a fellow

0:57:500:57:57

flanker, van Vuuren, has been

especially good. Ulster making a

0:57:570:58:03

change, Kane has come on, I don't

know what has happened to Herbst.

0:58:030:58:11

Kane yet to start a game for Ulster

this season. Not sure if it is blood

0:58:140:58:21

or not, we will find out. Do we,

that is a bit messy. Well stolen by

0:58:210:58:33

John Andrew. Can Ulster capitalise?

The Kings are a man down behind the

0:58:330:58:38

scrum, Ludik nicely to Pugh towel.

Great strength by peer towel --

0:58:380:58:50

Piutau. Henry walloped. The 24

should be wearing number four. Ludik

0:58:500:58:54

again. Away goes Gilroy, good to see

him with the ball in hand again. At

0:58:540:59:03

the end of the season he scored a

hat-trick against Italy in Rome.

0:59:030:59:10

Still time for Ulster to get

something on the board by the

0:59:100:59:13

interval. Lealiifano, well taken by

Andrew, Gilroy, now Cave, Reidy.

0:59:130:59:20

Into touch, good defending by the

Kings and good approach work by

0:59:200:59:24

Ulster but they need to get

something from this line-out.

A

0:59:240:59:29

little bit tired, looks to be

suiting Ulster if they can get the

0:59:290:59:32

fringe players into the game, more

1-out stuff, to ensure they get

0:59:320:59:38

continuity in possession. Don't

necessarily need to go to the wider

0:59:380:59:41

channels, excellent defensive work

by the Kings, scoreline 22-10, with

0:59:410:59:46

this win, you would argue, not

enough of a return and the Kings

0:59:460:59:49

will feel they left considerable

points out there in this half.

In

0:59:490:59:58

minutes and three quarters to go. --

one minute. The Kings line-out, Lerm

0:59:581:00:06

takes it. Treadwell came through.

1:00:061:00:14

I imagine this will go straight into

touch. Ulster have made a real go at

1:00:141:00:22

trying to disrupt. The Kings still

in possession. He could not kick

1:00:221:00:35

directly into touch. He has, but he

did not need to. That'll give Ulster

1:00:351:00:39

the line-out. An error by Oliver

Zono.

Quite often you see with a

1:00:391:00:47

wind of that strength that it can be

difficult to kick and go in

1:00:471:00:53

Crossfield, that is sometimes an

option to find grass and to get the

1:00:531:00:56

roll on. It was always going to be a

temptation to over strike that.

1:00:561:01:03

Ulster will welcome the opportunity

with seconds left on the clock, if

1:01:031:01:05

they can get further points out of

this half they will be pretty happy

1:01:051:01:09

with the scoreline.

Cave has been

excellent, and is still going.

1:01:091:01:22

Ulster spill but backwards. In fact,

they have knocked it forward, first

1:01:231:01:27

of all, before it came forward.

Louis Ludik took a bump. It will be

1:01:271:01:32

a scrum accrue to the Kings, it

might be the last set piece of the

1:01:321:01:36

first half. A transport Ulster to

claw back precious points.

After the

1:01:361:01:43

start they had, probably not the

worst scoreline they had, but if

1:01:431:01:47

they could get some additional

points before the half-time whistle

1:01:471:01:49

they would have been delighted.

Difficult conditions, when you have

1:01:491:01:54

a win like that you need to shorten

the distance between the backline, a

1:01:541:01:59

little bit more margin for error in

what will be difficult passing

1:01:591:02:03

conditions.

First scrum for Ross

Cane. Well away. So no under a lot

1:02:031:02:10

of pressure. Sarno did not clear. --

Zono did not clear. Can Trimble

1:02:101:02:21

finish? Good defending by Makase.

Andrew Warwick made a good run.

1:02:211:02:35

Leila Flano again.

1:02:351:02:37

The Kings are slow getting off the

ball. Kings disrupting. The referee

1:03:021:03:12

seemed to be happy enough. Kicks

have stolen the ball. Some don't

1:03:121:03:21

miss the church, gave Ulster the

chance, popped it into touch. What a

1:03:211:03:26

first half we have had. Ulster were

expecting a quick start, but not as

1:03:261:03:36

quick as they got. At half-time,

they are left with an awful lot to

1:03:361:03:39

do. It is the Southern Kings 22,

Ulster ten. STUDIO: Ulster's first

1:03:391:03:47

visit to South Africa has been

eventful. Two early tries for the

1:03:471:03:51

Kings, they do not look like a team

which has not won in the Pro 14.

1:03:511:03:56

Ulster settled with two tries to get

back into the game, but a

1:03:561:04:00

scintillating score. The case of

Michael Makase and the touchdown,

1:04:001:04:04

the home

1:04:041:04:08

Michael Makase and the touchdown,

the home side lead to 22-10.

1:04:081:04:11

We have been watching a pretty tough

half for Ulster.

Johann Muller

1:04:111:04:17

touched on it at the start of the

show, by getting off to a fast

1:04:171:04:21

start. The Kings were the only team

that did that, they came with the

1:04:211:04:24

pace and intensity. It started off

with an Ulster mistake, too many

1:04:241:04:31

mistakes over the last couple of

weeks have cost Ulster games. Fair

1:04:311:04:34

play to the Kings, they were very,

very tired come the first half, it

1:04:341:04:39

will be interesting to see how they

go in the second. There is maybe a

1:04:391:04:44

20 or 30 points win, it is so

strong.

What did you make of

1:04:441:04:52

Ulster's game management from the

very first scrum accrue of the half?

1:04:521:04:56

About this was inside the first

minute, the Kings knocked on the

1:04:561:05:01

kick-off. We don't how strong the

windows, so they have not been able

1:05:011:05:05

to kick in. I

understand... They put

themselves under pressure, a feline

1:05:051:05:15

aids have gone awry. They need to

keep it simple. I know it is easy

1:05:151:05:21

for us to say that, but you would

like to think that a bit of basic,

1:05:211:05:24

simple... The Kings struggled

against the structure.

It was

1:05:241:05:33

frustrating to see Christian

Lealiifano trying to do a

1:05:331:05:35

wraparound, Andrew Trimble on a

switch play.

I agree with the income

1:05:351:05:41

if you had Stuart McCloskey or

Trimble or Craig, going forward

1:05:411:05:46

after the scrum Mark Roe, assess

your options, keep holding

1:05:461:05:51

possession. They overcomplicated,

knock-on, turned the ball over,

1:05:511:05:55

Kings take advantage.

Is it a sign of a team lacking in

1:05:551:06:00

confidence, things have not been

going your way, when you start a

1:06:001:06:04

game like that some mistakes creep

in quickly, as we saw in the

1:06:041:06:07

build-up to the second score?

The

fact that they showed ambition knows

1:06:071:06:14

there is confidence, but you have to

respect the Kings, when you go to

1:06:141:06:20

Italy and you are trying to run

everything, instead of firing up the

1:06:201:06:24

middle. This situation, Ulster get

very, very narrow. First set play,

1:06:241:06:28

both centres in the ruck, they

should not be happening. That is

1:06:281:06:32

your scrum-half and your full-back

in the line, still and under lab.

1:06:321:06:37

Something has to be talked about and

described. Louis Ludik should not

1:06:371:06:42

have jumped in the ruck, somebody

else needs to be folding and

1:06:421:06:46

quickly. It is too easy.

It is the

speed of ball, Darren Cave is in the

1:06:461:06:53

first ruck, then the second. Why are

your back row not getting in the

1:06:531:06:57

second hit? They need to slow the

ball down, the Kings were very good

1:06:571:07:01

at getting around the corner and

going forward. When they had better

1:07:011:07:05

pace, a cheeky kick behind the

defence and Ian said we closing the

1:07:051:07:10

gate so early? Can they had a two

man overlap. The numbers are getting

1:07:101:07:14

cuts down because of the speed of

ball, they to slow down.

Two

1:07:141:07:20

nocturnes and a penalty in the

build-up to that try, and when

1:07:201:07:24

Ulster settled they showed what they

can do, a great score by Sean Reidy.

1:07:241:07:29

Google it was, this is what they

were trying to do with the first

1:07:291:07:32

minute but perhaps they are more

settled into the game.

A good style

1:07:321:07:36

of play, a lots more simple. It

shows how valuable Childs Piutau is

1:07:361:07:41

to the team. A nice plot by Chris

Henry, then good composure. They

1:07:411:07:50

could easily have forced the past,

but simple on the offside, Sean

1:07:501:07:55

Reidy is very good on the outside

channels.

Enterprising rugby,

1:07:551:08:01

decided to go from their own 22.

Sean Reidy has always been good with

1:08:011:08:06

the outside channels, he was there a

couple of plays later. It is about

1:08:061:08:09

his game management as well. It is a

fantastic try, the length of the

1:08:091:08:15

field, hopefully we will see more in

the second half.

The Ulster line-out

1:08:151:08:22

has not been perfectly, but when

they got it right they showed how

1:08:221:08:26

simple and straightforward scoring

against the Kings can be.

They have

1:08:261:08:31

thrown to the same ball the last

three or four macro times. They

1:08:311:08:35

threw to Johann Muller 19 times

against Leicester. If it works, no

1:08:351:08:39

need to change. But there's two or

three line-out soccer match, they

1:08:391:08:43

were trying to throw to the middle,

get the right pods that they wanted.

1:08:431:08:49

Sometimes it is about taking a

simple ball, that is what they did.

1:08:491:08:53

Somebody went into the group said

less obvious, we will get Kieran

1:08:531:08:57

Treadwell up, set up a maul, look

how easy it is, go forward. That is

1:08:571:09:02

what they have done. They will

continue to do that in the second

1:09:021:09:05

half.

Credit to the Kings, some of their

1:09:051:09:10

play has been very enterprising in

the first half. What a try before

1:09:101:09:15

half-time, very opportunistic and

probably the defence and let Ulster

1:09:151:09:19

down?

A great break by Darren Cave

comic he has looked lively. We have

1:09:191:09:25

said how quick, and they mentioned

in the commentary, how quick the

1:09:251:09:28

backs are for the Kings. You can't

do that, you just had to say fair

1:09:281:09:36

play, great athleticism and pace.

Piutau was unfortunate not to get

1:09:361:09:40

across.

Will Ulster fans that...

Think that Piutau should have done

1:09:401:09:46

more?

I don't think so, Charles is

very fast and was doing his very

1:09:461:09:49

best. The Kings showed exceptional

pace, it was just the effort to get

1:09:491:09:55

there. He could have given up but he

kept the head down.

A great score.

1:09:551:10:01

Earlier this week South Africa was

recommended as a country which

1:10:011:10:04

should be awarded the Rugby World

Cup in 2023, the final decision will

1:10:041:10:08

be taken later this month, which

could mean huge disappointment for

1:10:081:10:13

Ireland, who are also in the bidding

process. There is no denying the

1:10:131:10:17

popularity of the sport in South

Africa, but the introduction of

1:10:171:10:21

South African teams into the Pro 14

has proven a work in progress. That

1:10:211:10:25

they believe the potential is there,

as Kevin Andrews found out. -- but

1:10:251:10:29

they believe.

1:10:291:10:31

Everyone is so excited to be

watching the rugby and just be

1:10:371:10:41

getting out there to see the game

and the weather.

Rugby is huge

1:10:411:10:47

cheer, just because the Cheetahs and

Kings are in the Super Rugby.

It is

1:10:471:10:55

a small city, everyone back gets the

people going, good quality, I agree,

1:10:551:11:01

what more can you ask for?

For some,

quite a bit more, because the fans

1:11:011:11:06

have just not been coming out to see

the Kings.

It is that the Sharks, it

1:11:061:11:13

is not the Western Province, we call

them the big five in South Africa,

1:11:131:11:18

the rugby teams. Unfortunately it

distracts from a viewership point of

1:11:181:11:23

view, the marketing has been poor,

guys like Trimble and Tommy Bowe

1:11:231:11:28

coming to a game like this, nobody

has interviewed them and put them on

1:11:281:11:32

the map to show the type of talent

in the Pro 14. From a marketing

1:11:321:11:36

point of view they have it wrong.

From a crowd attendance point of

1:11:361:11:40

view, I think a lot more can be

done.

Is it fair to say you guys

1:11:401:11:46

have struggled?

Definitely. I think seven matches

1:11:461:11:49

in, no result yet, we have

struggled. It has been a lot to get

1:11:491:11:55

used to. I think the late inclusion

has definitely played a big role.

1:11:551:12:00

The season is what it is, we would

still like to improve on our

1:12:001:12:04

results, that there is a lot of work

and focus going into the next season

1:12:041:12:08

already.

In the long-term, it seems

the Kings will be up against it.

1:12:081:12:14

With funding for the rugby Academy

pooled, the schoolboys in Port

1:12:141:12:19

Elizabeth are looking elsewhere for

a career in the game.

There is not a

1:12:191:12:24

lot now with the Academy gone which

entices or keeps the boys in the

1:12:241:12:27

area, which is unfortunate. I know

some of really talented players who

1:12:271:12:32

would probably have a shot at making

a career out of the sport and Cape

1:12:321:12:37

Town, Bloemfontein. If it is purely

a rugby decision, lots of the guys

1:12:371:12:41

would tend to go to go to a bigger

union.

1:12:411:12:44

The Pro 14 has made an impression.

It is a different brand of rugby,

1:12:441:12:50

really fun to watch. If people start

to watch, they will enjoy it.

I

1:12:501:12:54

don't know very much but I think it

is awesome for the South African

1:12:541:12:58

teams to be part of it, a good

example for South African players to

1:12:581:13:03

get experience overseas.

Do you

dream of playing for the Kings, or

1:13:031:13:07

something else?

Honestly, something

else. It is not one of the biggest

1:13:071:13:11

clubs. The Sharks, the Cheetahs, the

Bulls,

1:13:111:13:23

that is where we want to play.

The Kings are getting up there, so

1:13:261:13:29

maybe one day.

But it will require

investment.

It will be interesting

1:13:291:13:31

to see if we will get some really

big names, maybe a couple of

1:13:311:13:34

Springboks representing the Kings,

then we will have a bigger

1:13:341:13:36

following.

The future is uncertain, but for now

1:13:361:13:38

the Kings can only dig in and enjoy

their moment in the sun.

1:13:381:13:40

STUDIO: It has been a tough

introduction for the Kings, probably

1:13:401:13:42

better for the Cheetahs, what have

you made the South African

1:13:421:13:45

experiment?

They were very late

notice into the competition and lost

1:13:451:13:48

a lot of players to the other

African franchises, but how the

1:13:481:13:52

players have to look at it is with

the quota system in South Africa,

1:13:521:13:55

some of them will not be picked for

the Springboks, so the Cheetahs and

1:13:551:13:59

the Kings, I suppose, they are a

shop window to get into Europe. They

1:13:591:14:04

will play here every week and it

means you might get picked up by the

1:14:041:14:08

Irish provinces, the Scottish,

Welsh, especially for the younger

1:14:081:14:11

players, because it is changing to

five years for residency, but a good

1:14:111:14:16

21-year-old could come to Scotland,

Ireland Wales and play international

1:14:161:14:19

rugby here.

They have moved the

match to a smaller stadium to

1:14:191:14:23

improve the crowd, it does not look

like it has done that. But a victory

1:14:231:14:27

today for the Kings against a

northern side will go a long way for

1:14:271:14:33

their popularity?

You look at

Edinburgh, they changed venue,

1:14:331:14:36

playing at Murrayfield. We have

played there many times with only a

1:14:361:14:40

couple of thousand and there is no

atmosphere, it is something similar,

1:14:401:14:43

the Nelson Mandela Stadium. It is

probably right to downsize to a

1:14:431:14:49

smaller stadium. Is that the right

stadium for the Kings going forward?

1:14:491:14:53

I am not sure, there are not many

people at the game. This team just

1:14:531:14:57

want to get out and play rugby, try

to get a couple of results, as their

1:14:571:15:03

operations manager said they are

already preparing for next year, I

1:15:031:15:05

think we will see a different Kings

team next year.

1:15:051:15:09

If Ulster are to be successful in

the second half they will have to be

1:15:091:15:12

a lot more accurate. There was a lot

of mistakes in the first?

Yes, and

1:15:121:15:18

we talk about the basics, no

penalties and knock-on is. After the

1:15:181:15:22

early penalties, a message came on

to give the extra yard. The South

1:15:221:15:28

African referee, it can be tough. If

they keep the basics, they have the

1:15:281:15:31

strong winds, they were lucky to

escape this opportunity. As long as

1:15:311:15:35

they do not expect the wind to do

everything for them, I think they

1:15:351:15:38

should still come through and win

comfortably.

1:15:381:15:41

Let's go back to the match

commentators and see how it unfolds

1:15:411:15:45

in the

1:15:451:15:45

commentators and see how it unfolds

in the second half. COMMENTATOR:

1:15:451:15:49

Ferreira will be pretty pleased and

probably fancies himself as the

1:15:491:15:51

first man to lead the Cheetahs to a

win in this competition, which they

1:15:511:15:56

have entered for the very first

time, the Pro 14. The Cheetahs

1:15:561:16:04

leading by 22-10. The Kings, I

should say acclamation at the

1:16:041:16:08

Cheetahs are playing elsewhere. The

Kings leading 22-10.

1:16:081:16:11

With the wind at their backs, Ulster

are through.

1:16:111:16:17

Louis Ludik is the only Ulsterman

doing any worthwhile chasing, there.

1:16:171:16:25

Chris Henry with the tackle.

1:16:251:16:27

The referee played advantage. Andrew

Trimble could not scoop it up.

1:16:331:16:37

That'll be the first Ulster 's grid.

A good position for Ulster, Ulster

1:16:371:16:42

doing to the Cheetahs what the

Cheetahs did to Ulster, putting them

1:16:421:16:46

under pressure.

The Kings having to

run from deep, the ones that need to

1:16:461:16:51

play the possession game when they

are into the wind. If you don't

1:16:511:16:54

protect the ball, you create

opportunities for Ulster inside the

1:16:541:16:58

22. Imported Ulster get the scrum

right, get possession, no need to

1:16:581:17:05

panic, only 12 points and a very

strong wind at their back, they need

1:17:051:17:08

to build the scoreboard.

Kings 22,

not the Cheetahs! Kings with a man

1:17:081:17:18

in the bin, Darren Cave. Can changes

direction. Trimble, a bit of pace.

1:17:181:17:26

Ulster need to step up the

intensity, but most importantly,

1:17:261:17:29

improve the accuracy. Kieran

Treadwell's line-out work has been

1:17:291:17:33

very good.

1:17:331:17:33

Piutau got it away to Gilroy. If it

was knocked into touch than the

1:17:381:17:45

Kings will have the option of

line-out or scrum.

1:17:451:17:47

Terrific upper body strength by

Charles Piutau. Craig Gilroy was

1:17:531:17:59

squeezed towards the touchline.

Probably need to be more

1:17:591:18:04

conservative on that occasion, just

go through the phases. It is

1:18:041:18:07

difficult for opposition with the

wind to get out of the 22, they will

1:18:071:18:11

have to go through multiple phases

to carry their way out of there.

1:18:111:18:15

Ulster will need to ensure their

back three is suitably set up to

1:18:151:18:19

counterattack and force them into

the kick. Ulster will expect to play

1:18:191:18:22

the majority of this house toe half

inside the Kings' half and, if they

1:18:221:18:29

can come inside the 22 -- Ulster

will expect to play the majority of

1:18:291:18:34

this half.

1:18:341:18:36

The face Ulster line-out.

-- Ulster

line-out.

1:18:411:18:53

Kings are back up to the full

complement of 15 men.

1:18:581:19:02

John Cooney did well to keep

possession.

1:19:071:19:10

Cooney back to where he should be.

1:19:191:19:21

Intricate stuff in the middle of the

park by Ulster.

1:19:261:19:30

Still forward by Matty Rea. I think

this is the first time we have

1:19:361:19:40

mentioned him.

An error from Ulster,

that increases the pressure when you

1:19:401:19:48

can build them up and force them to

go to multiple phases, defending in

1:19:481:19:53

their 22. We saw the toll that took

on Ulster in the first 20 minutes.

1:19:531:19:58

This managing to dislodge the ball

in the tackle.

Stephan Coetzee, the

1:19:581:20:06

Kings Huger, rested a little way

away from Matty Rea. Making his

1:20:061:20:10

fourth start of the season. -- the

Kings hooker.

1:20:101:20:14

Interesting to see what sort of the

toll this temperature takes on the

1:20:241:20:29

Ulster players.

Very well

conditioned, but they are playing in

1:20:291:20:33

a foreign environment. You need to

ensure they keep getting the water

1:20:331:20:37

on, early 20s in November will be

something they are not used to. I am

1:20:371:20:41

sure we will see use of the

substitutes bench at the appropriate

1:20:411:20:44

time in the second half.

The boys in

the studio reckon it was the Kings

1:20:441:20:49

feeling the effects of it.

1:20:491:20:51

A good bit of pressure. As the tight

end intends that the set piece? That

1:21:071:21:12

was the best scrum we have seen so

far -- has the tide turned from that

1:21:121:21:17

set piece?

They seem to have

overcome those early challenges in

1:21:171:21:25

both scrum and line-out and seem to

be functioning Whitwell. As the game

1:21:251:21:30

wears on, I would like to see that

continue from an Ulster perspective.

1:21:301:21:36

Split options either side, the kick

option is probably their last at the

1:21:361:21:40

moment.

1:21:401:21:41

The referee waited for advantage to

Ulster.

1:21:501:21:56

Looking a bit better from an Ulster

point of view. Piutau could not

1:22:211:22:27

quite get that away, the referee

gave a penalty against the Kings for

1:22:271:22:31

offside in the middle of the park.

The interesting option now with the

1:22:311:22:35

wind, it is in range. A 12 point

margin early in the second half.

1:22:351:22:39

Given how well the line-out is

functioning, Ulster will be tempted

1:22:391:22:44

to kick this into the corner and see

if they can get early points in this

1:22:441:22:49

second half.

Just a brief

consultation between Chris Henry and

1:22:491:22:54

Christian Lealiifano. That is the

message that has been conveyed. A

1:22:541:23:03

nice, delicate little dink from

Christian Lealiifano. Ulster in a

1:23:031:23:06

very good position. You can see the

assistant referee on this side.

1:23:061:23:11

Ulster to the traditional Root and

go to Tredwell? No, Rocana. --

1:23:251:23:31

should Ulster do the traditional

route? No, Alan O'Connor. John

1:23:311:23:39

Andrew would love a second try.

Cooney into the referee, bounces off

1:23:391:23:46

him, and the referee is going to

take a time-out. Did John Cooney get

1:23:461:23:53

an advantage from bouncing off the

referee and scoring the try, and did

1:23:531:23:57

the referee position, which was not

very clever, preventing Kings player

1:23:571:24:01

from making contact? -- prevents a

Kings player?

1:24:011:24:07

He started to ask his TMO, but he

just decided, quite rightly, that it

1:24:141:24:21

was just unfortunate. I am not sure

the referee can yellow card himself

1:24:211:24:26

for that! It's somebody in the

opposition had done that he probably

1:24:261:24:29

would have been. That was an Ulster

try that, was it not for the

1:24:291:24:33

referee, would have been scored.

Because it was the rectory, it has

1:24:331:24:38

been put into the scrum, at least

they had advantage.

Once the player

1:24:381:24:42

makes contact with the referee, they

had to do a restart. There was a

1:24:421:24:46

huge gap for Ulster to explore. The

referee said I can't disappear, I

1:24:461:24:51

had to be somewhere. Ulster just

wish it was not where he was.

1:24:511:24:57

A Halloween disappearing at the

referee! A good, solid look at the

1:24:571:25:01

Ulster scrum.

1:25:011:25:02

Penalty given away.

REFEREE: Kings, overextend.

1:25:051:25:20

COMMENTATOR: A penalty against the

Kings skipper, Schalk Ferreira.

1:25:201:25:23

Eight minutes gone in the second

half, the score as it was at the

1:25:231:25:27

interview, 22-10.

Ulster would like

some early points in the second half

1:25:271:25:32

so they do not have to go into panic

mode. They have the position on the

1:25:321:25:38

pitch, they will get the reward for

that.

1:25:381:25:43

The flat pass did not give him much

room. Gilroy did very well. Another

1:25:541:26:02

penalty against the Kings, kicking

the ball through. A little tab ante,

1:26:021:26:07

the referee has asked them to come

back. -- a little tap and take.

1:26:071:26:15

Ulster will be happy with that. Once

they start getting penalties, they

1:26:151:26:19

can establish field position. It is

difficult to see the Kings holding

1:26:191:26:24

Ulster out if they get that amount

of possession inside their 22.

A

1:26:241:26:30

good bit of refereeing by Quinton

Immelman, Saint everybody, just calm

1:26:301:26:34

down. -- saying to everybody. The

offences kicking the ball through in

1:26:341:26:42

the ruck, which you are not allowed

to any more. Lealiifano put Ulster

1:26:421:26:47

into another decent position. That

was good defending by Craig Gilroy.

1:26:471:26:53

The first came through. Apart from

anything else, an offside position.

1:26:531:27:00

Some excellent counter rocking went

on prior to that, awarded with a

1:27:001:27:03

penalty.

1:27:031:27:04

Good stuff by Ulster. They have got

the ball down. Third try by Ulster,

1:27:101:27:18

it is the first try, I am pretty

sure, for Matthew Rea in an Ulster

1:27:181:27:23

jersey. The Ulster fans will be

pretty happy. Les Kiss will not just

1:27:231:27:28

be happy but pretty relieved. There

is a long way to go, but we think it

1:27:281:27:32

was Matty Rea who got the touchdown.

It is the line-out and the rolling

1:27:321:27:36

ball that has worked so effectively.

With the wind at their back, expect

1:27:361:27:40

to Ulster to carry on with that

tactic. They Kings could not get

1:27:401:27:45

enough men behind the ball to stop

that original impetus. Ulster

1:27:451:27:52

finding their way across the line.

The gap has closed to a converted

1:27:521:28:05

try, and if John Cooney can convert

this, there will just be a try

1:28:051:28:08

between them.

1:28:081:28:11

Very windy out there. That is

stating the obvious. No conversion.

1:28:161:28:23

Ulster with three unconverted tries

to the Kings' three tries, two of

1:28:231:28:30

which were converted, and a penalty.

Matthew Rea had that, Andrews got

1:28:301:28:37

tucked in. Was that John Andrew? Two

tries for John Andrew. Sorry,

1:28:371:28:46

Matthew Rea, you did not quite make

it.

1:28:461:28:48

That was careless by Ulster, nobody

challenge for that.

1:28:551:28:58

Louis Ludik played 83 games in Super

Rugby for the Lions on the Sharks

1:29:131:29:17

combined. -- and the Sharks.

1:29:171:29:21

Hit by his own man, the referee

happy enough, but the Kings have the

1:29:271:29:31

ball back.

1:29:311:29:32

That has spilled forward by Berton

Klaasen. Ulster get the scrum. The

1:29:411:29:45

Kings have started to make more

errors than in the first half but

1:29:451:29:48

Ulster have not been able to

capitalise.

A Kings like the

1:29:481:29:52

unstructured play, keeping it loose

and high tempo. An excellent take

1:29:521:29:56

from the full-back, going high.

Managing to secure that ball. It is

1:29:561:30:01

just those errors. Excellent read

from Andrew Trimble. Kings want to

1:30:011:30:06

keep this was, for Ulster it is a

bit more about structure. They don't

1:30:061:30:09

need to play rugby from deep any

more, they can kick to establish

1:30:091:30:16

territory and use the line-out they

have used so effectively. Just start

1:30:161:30:18

whittling away the Kings' lead.

1:30:181:30:27

Ulster started because of the

victory over Leinster last night

1:30:271:30:32

just a few points behind. They could

get a bonus point win as well.

1:30:321:30:39

Trimble off his wing. Ball coming

back. Cooney. Treadwell. Well

1:30:391:30:49

tackled. Cooney again, wraparound,

Piutau, foot on the gas, away goes

1:30:491:30:55

Trimble, Ludik with Cooney with him,

this could be the bonus point try

1:30:551:31:00

for Ulster, nicely done by Louis

Ludik. Perfect pass, Cooney under

1:31:001:31:04

the post and Ulster for the first

time in this game have the chance to

1:31:041:31:08

go ahead, a fourth try for Ulster,

they needed the bonus point try,

1:31:081:31:12

they have two win this game and if

they win it with a bonus point try

1:31:121:31:15

as they move into second place, but

1:31:151:31:27

a lot of time, that wraparound move

they used so well and Piutau

1:31:271:31:30

straight at the defence, excellent

work by Trimble to stay in touch

1:31:301:31:32

than the support coming from depth,

two on one, perfectly executed and

1:31:321:31:35

one is Ulster fine time and space in

the wider channels

they have the

1:31:351:31:38

players capable of making the brakes

and the composure to finish them

1:31:381:31:42

off. We should see Ulster draw level

at 55 minutes.

They have the four

1:31:421:31:51

tries and they have their first

converge on courtesy of John Cooney,

1:31:511:31:56

so we have a level game here at the

moment with just 50 minutes gone of

1:31:561:32:01

the second half, Piutau's past

perfect, likewise Trimble back

1:32:011:32:06

inside, wonderful run made and

perfect scoring pass from Louis

1:32:061:32:10

Ludik to the scrum-half John Cooney.

He got the conversion so 22-22.

1:32:101:32:18

Oliver Zono asking his forwards to

get behind him. That is longish,

1:32:201:32:28

taken in by Trimble. Reidy just

about get away. Cooney again.

1:32:281:32:35

Treadwell. Runs into a couple of big

Kings forwards. Cooney had to dig it

1:32:351:32:43

out. Nearly a final Ulster kick.

Good one, well taken in by p a the

1:32:431:32:52

full-back. -- Penxe. Good tackle by

Rea. Came with the initial tackle.

1:32:521:33:10

Coetzee, again, but a visit in this,

that was dangerous, they have speedy

1:33:101:33:15

manner as we have seen in the first

half, there is one of them with the

1:33:151:33:19

ball, Makase, got the first try

after the interval after a great

1:33:191:33:27

Japan chase. Zono, high side. Good

work by Kane again at the breakdown.

1:33:271:33:38

Still there for the Kings, though.

Henry up very quickly. Treadwell,

1:33:381:33:45

Klaasen.

1:33:451:33:49

That has gone forward, taken by

Reidy, referee playing advantage to

1:33:531:33:56

Ulster. Cooney, now Lealiifano.

Trying to get toward the touchline

1:33:561:34:04

but Lealiifano has released the

ball, nearly lost his clothing

1:34:041:34:08

there. O Connor into the 22. Ulster

looking to go ahead for the first

1:34:081:34:14

time, Cave to Reidy, good work by

the Ulster number eight and he has

1:34:141:34:19

got it forward and that would always

be dangerous against

1:34:191:34:23

counterattacking side like the

Kings. Where has that gone? Into the

1:34:231:34:27

hands of the Kings player. Referee

says play on, not forward, now it's

1:34:271:34:33

Gilroy. Just got one leg caught,

couldn't make the progress he

1:34:331:34:37

wanted. Cooney. Cave. Lovely flat

pass to Rea, right through, denied

1:34:371:34:43

by team-mate Andrew and Cooney

looking for Ulster's fifth. That is

1:34:431:34:50

good defending by the Kings, Ulster

will do well to win the ball back

1:34:501:34:53

and they have given away the penalty

with the fifth try -- when the fifth

1:34:531:34:57

try seemed to be on a plate for

them. Luke Marshall not involved

1:34:571:35:01

today, Chris Henry off the field

incidentally.

Huge amount of line

1:35:011:35:05

breaks by both sides and just unable

to finish that, desperate defence by

1:35:051:35:10

the Kings, clinging onto this game,

starting to probably look back and

1:35:101:35:15

regret the missed opportunities in

the first 20 minutes when they could

1:35:151:35:18

have established a much bigger

margin and Ulster working their way

1:35:181:35:22

back into this game. Clever little

off-loads and just pull down some

1:35:221:35:27

desperate defence there, gets over

the ball, which creates the

1:35:271:35:30

opportunity for the turnover.

I am

not sure the Kings full-back wasn't

1:35:301:35:35

playing the ball when he was lying

flat on his back, which she is not

1:35:351:35:39

allowed to do. There he is. P say,

only 22, played on the wing against

1:35:391:35:46

Glasgow a couple of weeks ago --

Penxe, only 22. Making a change at

1:35:461:35:56

tight head prop. Pupuma has come on,

a late replacement I have to say.

1:35:561:36:07

Initially Martin Dreyer was supposed

to come on. De Wee catch it and

1:36:071:36:17

breaks it away. Greeff. Into Kane

who manhandles him and slows things

1:36:171:36:25

up a little, not the greatest pass

in the world, well taken in, though.

1:36:251:36:36

Ulster given away another penalty.

Ross is on for Ulster.

1:36:361:36:42

Good work once again by the powerful

Ntsila. Here come the Kings. There

1:36:441:36:50

will be trouble for Ulster. Ulster

have managed to get back somehow and

1:36:501:36:56

have managed to win the ball, and

well done by Piutau, John Andrew

1:36:561:37:01

perhaps should have passed the ball.

Piutau given an enormous boot. Where

1:37:011:37:10

will that bounce? Will it go dead

and if it does will it come all the

1:37:101:37:15

way back for a scrummage. Very

unfortunate for Ulster and Charles

1:37:151:37:19

Piutau who really didn't mean to

overcook that one. A long, long way

1:37:191:37:26

back.

Excellent coming up pace and

depth than finding the whole and

1:37:261:37:30

good work by Piutau at the back to

find the turnover, just the short

1:37:301:37:35

run coming at pace to the retreating

Ulster defence.

1:37:351:37:38

Difficult tackle to make, Piutau

does well to close the space,

1:37:381:37:42

executes the tackle and gets through

his feet quickly to claim the ball

1:37:421:37:45

and Ulster again get some authority.

Just wondering, did Kingspan knock

1:37:451:37:51

back ball forward in the tackle from

Piutau -- a Kings player. Ulster

1:37:511:37:58

making other changes, Cave leaving

the field, number 23 Beauvue has

1:37:581:38:04

come on. Andrew Warwick has gone off

and Black will come on -- number 23

1:38:041:38:11

Tommy Bowe. Kings also making a

replacement, replacement hooker

1:38:111:38:16

Balekile is on. But it is going to

be a Kings scrummage.

1:38:161:38:27

Black straight into action.

1:38:311:38:36

Confirmation of Tango Balekile

coming on in the middle of the Kings

1:38:541:38:57

front row for Stephan Coetzee.

1:38:571:39:03

Ulster will have to be at their

best. A draw in the greater scheme

1:39:061:39:11

of things would be no good to

Ulster, they have to come away from

1:39:111:39:14

this match with a victory. Great

tackle by Ludik on the Kings

1:39:141:39:22

replacement Sage, number 23, and the

Kings going for the Ulster line, and

1:39:221:39:27

this is great stuff, the replacement

prop in there, great chance for the

1:39:271:39:33

Kings, Lerm, looking for a fourth

try themselves, they have never

1:39:331:39:36

achieved a conference point so far.

The man who started it off, Klaasen,

1:39:361:39:42

back in the Kings side, good

defending by Ulster, and the Kings

1:39:421:39:46

shunting towards the Ulster line.

Klaasen is over again. That is a

1:39:461:39:51

fourth try for the Kings and the

crowd quite ecstatic about that.

1:39:511:39:55

Four tries apiece but the Kings

goal-kicking has been better and

1:39:551:40:00

they are back into the lead as we

going to last quarter this game

1:40:001:40:06

stop.

Ulster have found themselves

under pressure and unable to contain

1:40:061:40:13

the Kings team. It has been a theme

in this game, once they get close to

1:40:131:40:17

the line and sent the powerful

runners they have short one of the

1:40:171:40:22

ruck, Ulster unable to hold them

back, and Kings have done well to

1:40:221:40:27

halt the flow of points on the

scoreboard and take themselves back

1:40:271:40:30

into the lead.

1:40:301:40:33

This fellow has kicked pretty well

all day. From a dreadfully

1:40:371:40:43

treacherous and strong wind. Kings

need this one. And he has made that

1:40:431:40:51

good yet again. So, Ulster have

become back once more. Never been in

1:40:511:40:59

the lead in this game, 22-22 was the

best they have got, the Kings set it

1:40:591:41:05

up nicely, terrific work once again

from Ntsila, and finished off by the

1:41:051:41:10

man who got the first try and now

has the fourth, Berton Klaasen, the

1:41:101:41:17

27-year-old.

The Kings have proved

difficult to stop from that range

1:41:171:41:21

but Ulster with the wind at their

back need to ensure they don't allow

1:41:211:41:25

them into those positions.

The ball

knocked forward by the Kings on the

1:41:251:41:30

referee playing advantage. Picked up

by Gilroy. Reidy, Black in there to

1:41:301:41:36

help. Lealiifano. Wonderful staff by

Piutau, scything through on his own

1:41:361:41:43

and he is still going, just held

half a metre short, Cooney. Ulster

1:41:431:41:48

have to score from here, Lealiifano

having a go himself, taken on by

1:41:481:41:53

Ulster and they can't get it down.

Ross Kane has driven across the line

1:41:531:42:00

and the referee is going to go up to

the TMO I think. Ross Kane might

1:42:001:42:05

have got a tip down but it is a very

close call. Ulster think he has it.

1:42:051:42:13

Ulster, great response, go behind

the mistake from the Kings let's

1:42:131:42:16

them back in. They find a way. Not

granted initially but he found a way

1:42:161:42:19

to get it down.

Terrific work by

Ross Kane. He was held up by the try

1:42:191:42:29

scorer Berton Klaasen and had to

work extremely hard, did he roll it

1:42:291:42:34

over the head of the defender? This

is tantalisingly slow, all it has to

1:42:341:42:39

do is touch the ground, is he in

possession of it? Can he use the

1:42:391:42:45

great strength of his? It looks as

if he might just have got it to you

1:42:451:42:49

know. To me he has got it down, is

there a hand underneath it? It

1:42:491:42:55

depends whether the ball is down on

the ground in between the hands of

1:42:551:43:00

the defender Berton Klaasen. This

may be a slightly better angle, came

1:43:001:43:04

rolled over, can he get it down? Go

on, you little rascal! Oh, I'm not

1:43:041:43:11

so sure. Not from there, that's not

a dry.

That angle certainly looks as

1:43:111:43:16

though it has been held up.

There is

another movement there just as

1:43:161:43:22

number 16 kindly came in, Balekile.

This might be the better run, Ross

1:43:221:43:28

Kane giving it everything. We

certainly rely on these slow-mo s.

1:43:281:43:33

Shaun Veldsman the man in the truck

having a look at it. From there, of

1:43:331:43:38

the ball is down, came working and

working and working and working, and

1:43:381:43:43

what is the decision going to be?

Ulster got all the way back to

1:43:431:43:47

halfway, they think it's a try. --

Kane working and working and

1:43:471:43:53

working.

1:43:531:43:54

Shaun Veldsman said he recommends

the referee gives a five metre

1:43:581:44:04

scrum. Not clear and obvious the

ball was grounded so the Ulster fans

1:44:041:44:09

who made a long trip from Belfast or

Dublin via Johannesburg and Port

1:44:091:44:13

Elizabeth will be disappointed but

Ulster have a five metre scrum, and

1:44:131:44:18

with just over 50 minutes remaining

Ulster need to start thinking about

1:44:181:44:22

winning this game.

They are in the

right part of the pitch, no need to

1:44:221:44:26

panic, plenty left on the clock,

just about going through the

1:44:261:44:31

processes now, particularly at

scrum, make sure they get

1:44:311:44:33

possession, and not panicking, going

through phases, we have seen how

1:44:331:44:38

easy it has been for teams to score

once they get in this position on

1:44:381:44:45

the pitch and Ulster will look to do

their starter plays from the scrum.

1:44:451:44:48

Diack on for his 202nd Ulster

appearance. Rea has gone off. Black

1:44:481:44:52

just having a little glance to his

left to the touch judge on the

1:44:521:44:55

nearside saying he is not happy with

the scrummaging of the replacement

1:44:551:45:00

Pupuma.

1:45:001:45:07

This is a big scrum for Ulster, 15

minutes remaining. Very low, good

1:45:121:45:23

strike, bit of pressure, good scrum

by the Kings. Cooney grants lunches

1:45:231:45:32

to his then goes right, Diack

straight into action.

1:45:321:45:36

Good counter rucking by the Kings,

referee has the hand-out, saying

1:45:391:45:44

that was nudged forward by Ulster

and the Kings get the foot into the

1:45:441:45:48

scrum and that is good defending by

the Southern Kings.

Excellent.

1:45:481:45:53

Ulster will be disappointed with

that, they established the field

1:45:531:45:57

position and came close to scoring

then gave the opportunity to the

1:45:571:46:01

Kings to release that pressure, and

no need to panic but they will be

1:46:011:46:06

lancing up and understanding it is

seven points in difficult kicking

1:46:061:46:10

conditions, converting the tribe

will always be an issue, but

1:46:101:46:13

excellent counter rucking for the

Kings and I am sure they are

1:46:131:46:17

influenced by the scoreboard and the

chance to get their first win in

1:46:171:46:21

this competition.

Nails being bitten

on the Ulster bench. Jeremy Sage,

1:46:211:46:28

the Kings replacement, in the middle

of that, helped initiate that

1:46:281:46:35

counter rep. Great squeeze by

Ulster. A deliberate bits of

1:46:351:46:40

wheeling by Ulster, the referee

says. Ulster have conceded a

1:46:401:46:43

penalty. Change on the Kings sides,

Welemu wearing 19 has come on and

1:46:431:46:57

off has gone Greeff. A very familiar

figure as well, more on that in a

1:46:571:47:07

moment. Charles Piutau. Runs into a

fairly hefty prop forward. Penalty.

1:47:071:47:19

Cooney thought about it quickly but

Ulster will be better employed to

1:47:191:47:23

put it into touch, not quite sure

who is taking on the Ulster

1:47:231:47:27

captaincy now Henry has gone off.

Looks like Reidy was issuing

1:47:271:47:32

instructions, could be. Here is

Lealiifano. What a good kick. That's

1:47:321:47:39

a cracker.

The choice was obvious

given Ulster's line-out. Given the

1:47:391:47:52

scoreline of a 7-point deficit, and

excellent kick into the corner and

1:47:521:47:56

they will look to keep this simple,

rest assured that is not going

1:47:561:48:02

anywhere outside the forward pack.

They got it at the second attempt,

1:48:021:48:04

well read by Bobby de Wee.

1:48:041:48:12

Kings pair in the way, Cooney again.

Ross Kane. Good take, straight

1:48:151:48:25

through by Trimble, wonderful finish

by Andrew Trimble, Ulster's most

1:48:251:48:29

capped player getting another league

try. His 50th league try so another

1:48:291:48:36

milestone for Andrew Trimble, and he

has got Ulster's fifth try for the

1:48:361:48:40

conversion to come but that will

keep Ulster level.

Good line, well

1:48:401:48:47

constructed there, Tommy Bowe runs a

very short angle onto that ball and

1:48:471:48:51

track the defenders and Trimble runs

from under around the corner, they

1:48:511:48:54

don't see him coming and the big man

running at that pace finds the

1:48:541:48:59

perfect gap and gets Ulster back to

within two points with the

1:48:591:49:03

conversion to follow. Drawn

scoreline with ten minutes to go.

1:49:031:49:06

Ulster the team with the wind at

their backs. No need to panic, they

1:49:061:49:12

just need composure and accuracy for

the last ten minutes, get into the

1:49:121:49:16

Kings 22 and they have shown they

have scored when they can do that.

1:49:161:49:20

Excellent running angles by Trimble.

Nice pass by Cooney who will take

1:49:201:49:25

the conversion. Trimble and Bo

exchanging hugs, the two most

1:49:251:49:35

experienced players in the division.

Another change for the Kings, Majola

1:49:351:49:44

has come on wearing 17. Well taken

by Reidy under pressure by Berton

1:49:441:49:49

Klaasen. Ludik not given much in the

way of room. Ulster pinned inside

1:49:491:49:58

the 22, they have to get it in. He

has given that an almighty thump,

1:49:581:50:04

what a good kick that is. A line-out

to the Southern Kings. Leo le Fondre

1:50:041:50:11

has made some 70 metres for Ulster.

Ulster playing from deep with the

1:50:111:50:16

wind at their back. You now put

pressure on the opposition line-out.

1:50:161:50:20

You try to force the error. Get

territory again. They will be well

1:50:201:50:27

within kicking range albeit in

difficult conditions. They have

1:50:271:50:33

shown if they get anywhere near the

try line the opportunities will

1:50:331:50:36

come.

If the score stays like this

it will be two points apiece for a

1:50:361:50:41

draw and one for a tri- bonus 03

points. Ulster expecting more than

1:50:411:50:46

that. Balekile, the replacement

hooker. He was actually dummying the

1:50:461:51:00

throw. Given away possession, only a

free kick but Ulster won't be happy

1:51:001:51:04

with this. Sean Reidy. Will wrap

around again, good for it round made

1:51:041:51:19

by Lealiifano. Alan O'Connor. A bit

of a high tackle there. Ludik.

1:51:191:51:25

Beautiful by Ludik. Treadwell

looking for his first-ever Ulster

1:51:251:51:31

try. Cooney, Reidy, nicely done,

Andrew looking for a hat-trick.

1:51:311:51:38

Still there for Ulster, Diack, Ross,

gets it over, Ross gets try number

1:51:381:51:43

six for Ulster and for the first

time with eight minutes to go Ulster

1:51:431:51:46

go into the lead here in Port

Elizabeth.

Just showing again that

1:51:461:51:51

clinical finishing, taking the ball

into contact, quick speed of recycle

1:51:511:51:56

and Batman Clive Ross comes from a

deep angle. That is the key feature,

1:51:561:52:03

excellent hands here, clever work by

Andrews, not being forced into

1:52:031:52:07

touch. The speed the ball comes back

with an player is running at depth

1:52:071:52:11

with pace, that close to the line,

difficult to stop, and Ulster will

1:52:111:52:16

feel they should do enough now to

close this one out.

Second league

1:52:161:52:20

try for Clive Ross. Lealiifano not

wearing headgear. Ten tries but from

1:52:201:52:35

an Ulster perspective six, and they

are leading this game with seven

1:52:351:52:41

minutes remaining. If it stays like

that Ulster will just move ahead of

1:52:411:52:46

Leinster into second place behind

the Scarlets. Lee-Lo Farnell has

1:52:461:52:50

managed to land back well in that

tricky wind in evidence again --

1:52:501:52:54

clearly Faetano has managed to land

back. Ulster now leave 36-29. Clive

1:52:541:53:02

Ross low and combative and

competitive, what a good try by

1:53:021:53:04

Clive Ross.

1:53:041:53:10

Away again. Well taken by Reidy who

has had a terrific game for Ulster,

1:53:181:53:23

lost it just as we said that,

dummied by the replacement hooker,

1:53:231:53:28

away for Trimble to tackle. The king

is not finished by any means, drawn

1:53:281:53:33

game no good to Ulster, they need it

least four points.

1:53:331:53:41

Still therefore the Kings. Battling

away. Hurtling into just about

1:53:451:53:49

everything that has gone forward.

Referee says not backwards, away and

1:53:491:53:55

another chance for the Kings. The

Kings have got another try, can you

1:53:551:53:59

believe this?

Five tries now for the

Kings and with the conversion to

1:53:591:54:03

come they have a chance of

squaring

up this game again. What an

1:54:031:54:08

extraordinary game in Port

Elizabeth.

Absolutely no pattern to

1:54:081:54:13

this game whatsoever. Ulster score a

try and you think they have done

1:54:131:54:16

enough but the Kings comeback and

the counter blow after counter blow,

1:54:161:54:21

the Kings will be delighted with

this opportunity, two players coming

1:54:211:54:25

in on the same man and the Kings

managing to manufacture a try when

1:54:251:54:29

you thought Ulster had done enough

to kill this game. A kick to come in

1:54:291:54:33

difficult conditions aren't coming

back against Ulster and finding

1:54:331:54:37

another way to score a try.

Ulster's

difficulty to get the ball away from

1:54:371:54:41

tight situations has cost them

again. Still time for Ulster to

1:54:411:54:46

bounce back. The score of any kind

would do.

Not an easy kick, you

1:54:461:54:51

would think it was regulation in

normal conditions but as we have

1:54:511:54:54

seen with the strength of this wind,

their really -- it really is a

1:54:541:54:59

lottery and Ulster will be hoping

this doesn't go over. A little less

1:54:591:55:03

nervous of remaining five minutes

then.

This is a crucial kick,

1:55:031:55:08

absolutely crucial for the Kings and

indeed Ulster. Ulster charge, and

1:55:081:55:14

he's landed it, make no mistake

whatsoever, so once again, honours

1:55:141:55:19

even. What a scoreline, 70 odd

points scored but evenly split,

1:55:191:55:26

Kings 36-36 Ulster, and this was a

try. Lovely little show which grew

1:55:261:55:31

in the defenders and a fine run

taken by Penxe. Long run by Ulster.

1:55:311:55:43

Kept in by Ulster somehow. Here goes

Piutau, he has got away from

1:55:451:55:52

everybody, back inside to Diack and

Diack scores try number seven for

1:55:521:55:56

Ulster! I do not believe what is

going on in this stadium. Ulster

1:55:561:56:01

back in the lead again, is there

time for the Kings to come back yet

1:56:011:56:05

again? You wouldn't bet against it,

would you?

You wouldn't rule

1:56:051:56:10

anything out in this game. It has

certainly been high-scoring. An

1:56:101:56:13

excellent kick than a kick chase,

Piutau again need so little space to

1:56:131:56:20

create those opportunities, then

draws the final man, the flow down

1:56:201:56:24

the tackle, Diack doing the hard

yards, running from distance and

1:56:241:56:27

finding a way to ground the ball,

and digging Ulster out of a hole

1:56:271:56:31

here.

Seven tries by Ulster, Piutau,

amazing footwork down the ring and

1:56:311:56:41

Diack did well enough to roll over

and get the body and his hands down

1:56:411:56:47

to make sure of the try and the

conversion to come, Ulster hearts

1:56:471:56:50

will be in their mouths to see if

they can hang on for this one --

1:56:501:56:53

down the wing. They want the bonus

point plus three more and it still

1:56:531:56:58

doesn't look as if it might have

been enough. It still might not be

1:56:581:57:03

enough, who knows? Clearly far no

with the conversion. Has he got

1:57:031:57:08

that? Certainly has, good kick by

Lealiifano. Ulster leading by a

1:57:081:57:13

converted try, not for the first

time. Watch this from Piutau, look

1:57:131:57:18

at that, Round 1, two, three men,

kept well in field, lovely sidestep,

1:57:181:57:24

work rate support by the 202 times

capped Diack. Can Ulster gather?

1:57:241:57:32

Diack knocks at board, Ulster give

the ball away and the referee I

1:57:321:57:35

think has decided the initial not

forward was by the Kings and Ulster

1:57:351:57:38

have got away with that.

Waiting for

the next twist in the tale, but

1:57:381:57:43

Ulster scrum now, should be able to

win their own ball and then the

1:57:431:57:47

decision for them is do they go

through multiple phases or kick this

1:57:471:57:50

one down deep and give the Kings the

opportunity to run from deep? First

1:57:501:57:57

and foremost the concentration will

be winning possession from the

1:57:571:58:00

scrum.

McBurney has come on the

field. A huge scrum for the

1:58:001:58:07

youngster, joined the rugby trade at

Randles town. In it goes, good work

1:58:071:58:13

by McBurney, good scrum by Ulster,

Cooney, Piutau. Always next ground.

1:58:131:58:23

Cooney again. Lealiifano. Ross,

scorer of, I can't remember which

1:58:231:58:31

try, number six I think. Well run on

the ground by Ulster. Cooney,

1:58:311:58:36

Trimble needs to hang onto the ball

and has done, good strength from

1:58:361:58:39

Andrew Trimble, well tackled. By

dries Van Schalk Brits. -- Dries van

1:58:391:58:54

Schalkwyk. What a thumping tackle.

He set it up nicely. Get off the

1:58:541:59:03

foot, code says the referee. Louis

Ludik, into the final 30 seconds for

1:59:031:59:13

so, will also come away with maximum

points and move into second place?

1:59:131:59:16

For a long time you wouldn't have

bet your mortgage on it. Here goes

1:59:161:59:21

Cooney, Lealiifano, Clive Ross.

Rolls into a couple of hard tackles,

1:59:211:59:27

Lealiifano again, Gilroy hasn't had

much of a chance on his 150th Ulster

1:59:271:59:33

cap occasion, youngest player to

reach 100 and then 150. Diack in his

1:59:331:59:38

tenth season gives away the penalty.

Well... This could go into the

1:59:381:59:44

corner. There is no point, it is too

far out on the wind is awful so they

1:59:441:59:51

will have to go for the corner and

try to force something out of this.

1:59:511:59:55

Is there another twist in the tale

of this extraordinary saga in Port

1:59:551:59:58

Elizabeth?

It didn't function well

on the last one, they will need to

1:59:582:00:04

be better on this one to secure

possession and Ulster needed to

2:00:042:00:07

control that for another phase, the

penalty comes, big hit coming in

2:00:072:00:11

there, lined it up well and will be

desperate to close this game out.

2:00:112:00:20

I think it was Clive Ross, number

20, came in from the side. This is

2:00:202:00:25

the last set piece of what has been

the most amazing game of rugby.

2:00:252:00:30

Ulster must challenge this. Ulster

have come away, all they have to do

2:00:302:00:39

is set it up and go to ground. I am

sure McBurnie realises that this is

2:00:392:00:44

not a time for personal glory, it is

for getting the ball as far into

2:00:442:00:50

touch as possible. Ulster are

running this for some unknown

2:00:502:00:54

reason. That should be the end of

the game.

2:00:542:00:56

WHISTLE BLOWS

The flag goes up, and it is. Ulster

2:00:562:00:59

have scored more... No fewer than

seven tries, you would think it was

2:00:592:01:07

a romp, but it was far from a romp.

The game was in the balance until

2:01:072:01:11

the end, it was not high quality but

it was entertaining, tempo and

2:01:112:01:17

ambition from both sides, ultimately

the Kings will be left to rue the

2:01:172:01:21

try scoring opportunities they left

in the first 20 minutes.

A bonus

2:01:212:01:25

point went to Ulster, an amazing

game.

2:01:252:01:31

Ulster coming

2:01:312:01:32

game.

Ulster coming home with five points,

2:01:322:01:34

43. STUDIO: Value for money this

Saturday afternoon. An amazing win

2:01:342:01:39

for Ulster, but is that perhaps a

result leaving more questions than

2:01:392:01:42

answers?

I don't know, I am still

sitting in shock at what we have

2:01:422:01:48

just witnessed in the second half,

it was a crazy game of rugby. One

2:01:482:01:55

man, Charles Piutau, turned it

around in the last few minutes and

2:01:552:01:58

made the break to get the winning

try the Robbie Diack, who will not

2:01:582:02:01

be with us next season when he moves

on to Bristol. Kings have not

2:02:012:02:08

registered a point this year, they

got two points in that game. The

2:02:082:02:12

defence was really iffy, just to

concede the amount they did against

2:02:122:02:15

a very, very average Kings team does

seem like there are still lots of

2:02:152:02:20

questions to be asked.

Before we break down the

2:02:202:02:24

performance, let's talk about the

positives. Ulster bouncing back to

2:02:242:02:28

get the win when their backs were

against the wall and the second

2:02:282:02:31

half. That would be the most

important thing, I would imagine?

2:02:312:02:35

At times we were worried about the

outcome. They have five points, you

2:02:352:02:40

cannot get more than much out of the

game. The Kings having two points,

2:02:402:02:44

that will not be a factor at the end

of the season. They have come out

2:02:442:02:47

with a full match points and the

fact they have scored seven tries is

2:02:472:02:51

good, because scoring against any

team can be tough. It was difficult

2:02:512:02:54

that they will be frustrated. Again,

more experience from some of the

2:02:542:02:59

younger guys in a big game and a

different atmosphere. Let's take the

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five points and move on.

It is five

points, it is a win and the table

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makes a bit better reading than it

has done. Ulster moving to second

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place in the table above Leinster,

who were beaten by Glasgow last

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night. Scala 's are still top by six

points. -- Scarlets. Ulster started

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the second of the way they would

have wanted to start the first?

With

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the wind at your back you know you

will get a couple of purple patches

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throughout the half to get back into

the game. I thought they would run

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away with it a bit more in the

second, but fair play to the Kings,

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they came back into it. They should

have been kicking to the corner and

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driving over all day.

When they got

the basics right, they did it well?

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There was a bit of a splinter but it

was literally a walk in the park for

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the Ulster lads, it is not hard

work. Walking through the Kings

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defence, that should have happened

more often than we saw today but it

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is a good score, when you are

playing with the wind you knock it

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into the corner, as we said at the

top of the show, continue to apply

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pressure. At the start of the second

half they did that.

On the John

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Andrew try was followed by another

good score by Clooney?

Gradually

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putting the pressure on.

A good

start, a good carried by Trimble.

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Just the simple things, nice

wraparound play. A big hits behind

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the line. When you lose the gain

line you have to go back down, nice

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wraparound play. Charles was

instrumental. It is just the basics,

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that is a set pattern, getting the

faces are not doing anything fancy.

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That is a fantastic score, however

the Kings defence is shambolic,

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really bad. Hitting in at any

opportunity. They are so lazy, not

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working with one another. The Kings'

defence was so poor, that you can

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only play what is in front of you.

Ulster recognise they would catch

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them back down the short side, they

did so.

The biggest negative about

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the Ulster performance will be the

defence, which was particularly

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disappointing, and how they let the

Kings back into the game with the

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second Klaasen score.

To concede the

number of tries they did will be

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frustrating. They are losing some of

the game lines. Whether that was a

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tactic due to the referee giving

penalties away or whatever, they

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were not getting the ball down.

Looking at that one free train you

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must have nine people within two

meters of the ruck, that is no good.

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Over the last couple of weeks they

seem to be defending very narrow. It

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means you are never making dominance

hits. If they are not getting the

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tackles to the likes of Rory Best

and Stuart McCloskey, it is an easy

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ball.

Credit to Ulster, they bounced

back again.

We are going to talk

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about bouncing back a lot! They were

resilient

and came back with two

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scores to get themselves back in

front?

Les on the management team

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will be talking about the

resilience, a bit like down at

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Scarlets earlier in the season. They

had to bounce back a couple of

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times. It is holding onto

possession, you will break loose

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Kings team down. Look above from

Tommy Bowe, that is what we're used

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to seeing. Direct, hard, hitting an

inside shoulder and Andrew Trimble

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is at the back door to go over

pretty much untouched. When you hold

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onto the possession, you make life

difficult for the opposition and

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that is what it was all about.

They

were not trying to do anything

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fancy, good, quick, ruck ball. John

Andrew did very well. I think Clive

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Ross found a mismatch in the

negative angle. They did the simple

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things well for their own tries. The

trouble was when they try to be

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fancier, did not look after the ball

well and gave the Kings opportunity

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to attack.

Should we give the Kings more

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credit? In they came with another

excellent try?

I think so. They did

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not know when to lie down. When they

went behind they stuck at it.

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Manufactured another try. Sometimes

the odd fortuitous bounce went their

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way, but that is a great delayed

pass. It is easy just to give our

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past. Christian Lealiifano would

have headed in and got the tackle,

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but delayed it. He stayed out for

half a yard and gives it and it is a

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lovely finish. He got the kick over

against the wind, that was difficult

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and got them level. The

bouncebackability of the Kings were

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something to be admired, they put a

lot of hard and effort into the

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performance.

Will Ulster fans after

this performance be thinking about

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the Kings played well today and put

a lot of points on Ulster, and not

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feeling the satisfaction of a bonus

point victory for Ulster today, will

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they be looking about performance

and disappointed even though they

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won the game?

Potentially the

initial reaction will be

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disappointed, but in April and May

Ulster second in the league and you

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will look at the game and say they

dug in with boys missing and got the

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five points. I don't think we can

underestimate the Kings playing in

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that stadium, they will have enjoyed

making it uncomfortable for Ulster.

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Whenever teams play in really nice

stadiums it is easy to get up for

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it, so going forwards for Kings, it

is taking other teams out of their

2:08:512:08:56

comfort zone. For them it is

positive, Ulster fans had to be

2:08:562:09:03

pleased at the five points, there

was a good while where you worried

2:09:032:09:06

they would get nothing.

Even though

Charles Piutau with a fantastic

2:09:062:09:11

break set up the winning score for

Ulster, and it won them the game, it

2:09:112:09:16

does not feel a very satisfying

Ulster win this afternoon. Some of

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the top European teams would surely

go there and absolutely hump a side

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like the Southern Kings?

I totally

agree. If you saw Saracens going to

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the Kings, you would expect and 80

or 90 point victory.

Not scraping a

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win.

Not scraping a win. But the

thing all Ulster fans are talking

2:09:372:09:42

about is not the 5-point victory and

some of the really nice tries, it is

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the soft tries they conceded, we let

in 30 odd points against a terrible

2:09:462:09:52

Kings side. Ulster is not going

anywhere, we are not putting in the

2:09:522:09:56

right performances, the consistency

is not there. To some degree, you

2:09:562:10:00

have two agree a little bit. The

consistency is not there. They

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leaked that amount

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of points against a very mediocre

team. There will be questions asked,

2:10:162:10:19

but let's be positive, Ulster got

five points, they are sitting

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second, ahead of Leinster, it is a

long season ahead, there will be

2:10:212:10:23

plenty more and we will see

entertaining rugby going ahead.

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Asters and disappointing

performances, do you think the

2:10:272:10:29

coaching team is under pressure? --

after some disappointing

2:10:292:10:34

performances?

I think it is, week

in, week out. It is like a

2:10:342:10:43

Premiership football, how long will

you last, instead of doing the job.

2:10:432:10:45

That is what it feels like.

Professional rugby such a big

2:10:452:10:50

business and if you are not winning

trophies or getting results,

2:10:502:10:53

questions will be asked. But going

back to my point at the top of the

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show, when your chief executive is

promising to be best in the world in

2:10:562:11:00

five years, that is what they are

trying to achieve, and you get

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nowhere near, there will always be

questions.

But the break in the Pro

2:11:032:11:09

14 perhaps comes at a good time for

Ulster to let them regroup before

2:11:092:11:14

the next important phase?

This

season is a bit of a slob, the

2:11:142:11:17

players have to go away, relax,

recharge and come back ready for the

2:11:172:11:21

next block of games. I think it is

Dragons and Sebring next, two very

2:11:212:11:26

winnable games. Suddenly you win

them and that is ten games -- it is

2:11:262:11:34

Dragons and Zebre next.

Is winning

those games papering over the

2:11:342:11:38

cracks?

Potentially, but you can

only play what you have. They might

2:11:382:11:42

need an overhaul at different

levels, going back to schools and

2:11:422:11:45

bringing in academy players. They

have players away with injuries, key

2:11:452:11:50

players. All teams have

internationals, Ulster's team, when

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you factor in the likes of Coetzee,

people you expect to be in all the

2:11:542:12:00

time, taking a big ballplayers, it

is tough.

And big-name players to

2:12:002:12:04

come back from the Irish

international duty, and they will

2:12:042:12:07

look to them to step up their

performances for the Ulster team?

2:12:072:12:11

They will, and the likes of Jacob

Stockdale, I know I talk about every

2:12:112:12:16

time, but he really is a breath of

fresh air. He hopefully lights up

2:12:162:12:20

the international scene over the

next couple of weeks because he is a

2:12:202:12:24

really, really good talent. Rory

Best might find more form with

2:12:242:12:28

Ireland and come back again and

2:12:282:12:30

bring back to Ulster. It is a long

season, a bit of a slog, hopefully

2:12:302:12:34

Ulster can find their mojo and keep

the fans happy.

Let's hope so.

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Thank you for your company, Steve

and Ian.

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Lots of rugby coming up on BBC

Northern Ireland, the Pro 14 takes a

2:12:512:12:54

break, we turn our attention to the

international game. The autumn

2:12:542:12:56

internationals is next Saturday,

live on BBC Radio Ulster.

2:12:562:12:58

As is Ireland

2:12:582:13:00

So, that's it. Ulster have won and

80 point, 12 try thriller this

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afternoon. Just about. From all of

us, goodbye.

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MUSIC PLAYS

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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.