Round 13 Match Preview: Brumbies vs Kings
The Plus500 Brumbies will be looking for their first win against overseas opposition in 2017 when they take on the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth early on Sunday morning (AEST).
The Brumbies suffered a tough loss to an in-form Lions side at GIO Stadium last Friday night, the home side unable to capitalise despite dominating territory and possession for most of the contest.
The Lions managed a runaway try from former Sevens star Kwagga Smith that turned out to be the difference, the visitors taking a 13-6 victory.
The Kings meanwhile enter the game on a massive high, the unfancied South African franchise upsetting the powerhouse Sharks at home last weekend.
The Kings have been in great form over the last month, playing some exciting attacking rugby. The side has managed two impressive wins in that time over the Waratahs as well as the Sharks and they will be looking to carry that form into the clash with the Brumbies.
The Kings play with pace and width, using their speed and weapons on the outside to break down opponents’ defences. The Brumbies have been one of the staunchest defensive teams in the competition and they will need to continue that against the Kings.
Kings skipper and flyhalf Lionel Cronje is a familiar face to Brumbies fans, the playmaker spent the 2014 season with the side.
Cronje has been one of the form players in the Super Rugby competition in 2017, the 27-year old’s pinpoint kicking and impressive passing game setting up numerous tries for his side. The flyhalf has been a much-needed leader for a young Kings side and has been a huge part of their success in 2017.
The Brumbies will bring back openside flanker Chris Alcock for the clash, a welcome boost for the side. Fans will unfortunately be denied to the opportunity to see Alcock match up with enigmatic Kings openside Chris Cloete after he was ruled out through injury.
The loss of Cloete will be hard for the Kings to deal with, the 26-year old has been one of the side’s best performers in 2017.
The Plus500 Brumbies take on the Southern Kings at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Sunday morning, kickoff at 3:30am (AEST).