Round 19 of the Guinness Pro14 kicked off in the Nelson Mandela University Madibaz’s Stadium on Sunday 7 April, when the Isuzu Southern Kings hosted the Dragons from Wales in Port Elizabeth. Despite the massive traffic delays caused by the Ironman competition happening around the stadium at the same time, the match kicked off in perfect conditions.
In their first match back on South African soil in 2019, the Isuzu Southern Kings suffered a heartbreaking defeat to the Toyota Cheetahs, after the visitors managed to score in the 85th minute of the match. The 17-24 defeat was felt even more deeply by Kings supporters, as their charges had fought back well in the second half to remain level at the end of 80 minutes.
The Guinness Pro14 returned to South African shores on Friday 18 January, when the Isuzu Southern Kings hosted the Toyota Cheetahs in a massive derby clash. Both sides were looking for a much-needed victory, with both sides languishing in the bottom sections of their respective logs.
After their famous victory over the All Blacks on Saturday 17 November, Ireland have undoubtedly closed the gap on the best team in the world. In fact, some argue that they have overtaken New Zealand as the front-runners in world rugby, for a number of reasons. The men from the emerald isle have garnered a … Continue reading All Blacks no longer “all that”
The final round of the Pr14 regular season came to Port Elizabeth on Saturday 28 April when the Southern Kings took on the Cheetahs in an SA derby. The Cheetahs looked to come home with another victory over the Eastern Cape hosts, as the Kings have never managed to defeat their Free State counterparts in … Continue reading Kings go down firing
Saturday 24 March saw the Southern Kings host Benetton Treviso in round 18 of the Pro14 at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium. The Kings were looking for their second win of their debut Pro14 season against their historically weaker Italian opponents. Both teams came out firing in the first half, as both teams crossed the whitewash … Continue reading Kings pipped in one-point thriller
The first match of the Guinness Pro14 to take place on South African soil kicked off on Saturday 16 September 2017, when the Southern Kings went down to Leinster in Port Elizabeth by 10-31. In a cold and wet Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, the Irish side looked at home after a strong second half performance. … Continue reading Kings making progress, but not quite there yet
History was made on Saturday 16 September 2017, when the Southern Kings played host to Irish club, Leinster, in the first ever Guinness Pro14 match to be played on South African soil. The Kings came into the match after previously losing their first two Pro14 matches 57-10 and 32-10 against the defending champions, Scarlets, and … Continue reading Second half Leinster dispatch Kings
The long awaited announcement of two South African teams’ involvement in the Guinness Pro12 was released on Tuesday 1 August by Celtic rugby. The Southern Kings and the Free State Cheetahs, who were recently axed from Super Rugby, will join teams from Wales, Scotland Ireland and Italy in a newly reformatted and renamed Guinness Pro14 … Continue reading Southern Kings officially part of Pro14
With the Southern Kings recently axed from Super Rugby, along with their Bloemfontein counter-parts, the Cheetahs, many have speculated what the future holds for these South African franchises. Over the weeks since the decision to axe the Kings and Cheetahs was made, the most prominent rumours have been that the Kings and Cheetahs will take … Continue reading Southern Kings and the Pro12?