Kings crowned CC First Division champs
The Eastern Province Kings are the Currie Cup First Division champions after beating the Pumas 26-25 in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
A nail-biting victory was good enough to set up a two-match promotion-relegation series against the Free State Cheetahs in the next fortnight.
The newly-promoted Super Rugby franchise had tries scored by captain Darron Nell and Marcello Sampson while the Pumas replied with a couple of tries from Coenie van Wyk and one apiece from Jaco Bouwer and RW Kember but lost out to the kicking of Wesley Dunlop and George Whitehead.
For EP Kings:
Tries: Nell, Sampson
Cons: Dunlop, Whitehead
Pens: Whitehead 3, Dunlop
Tries: C van Wyk 2, Bouwer, Kember
Eastern Province Kings: 15 SP Marais, 14 Paul Perez, 13 Wayne Stevens, 12 Tiger Mangweni, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Falie Oelschig, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Devin Oosthuizen, 6 Wimpie van der Walt, 5 David Bullbring, 4 Darron Nell (captain), 3 Clint Newland, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Schalk Ferreira. Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 André Schlechter, 18 Wayne van Heerden, 19 Mpho Mbiyozo, 20 Scott Mathie, 21 Wesley Dunlop, 22 Siyanda Grey.
Pumas: 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 MJ Mentz, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 JW Jonker (captain), 11 Carl Bezuidenhout, 10 JC Roos, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 RW Kember, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Jaco Bouwer, 5 Willem Serfontein, 4 Rudi Matthee, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Corné Fourie. Replacements: 16 Drew van Coller, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Nqubeko Zulu, 19 Renaldo Bothma, 20 Francois de Klerk, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Ashwin Scott.