EP Kings snatch draw
May 28, 2016

The EP Kings secured a dramatic 35-35 (halftime 20-13) draw courtesy of a last minute try against the Xerox Golden Lions in their provincial tournament match at Pirates Rugby Club in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Lock Juan Jonck crashed over in the 80th minute to level the scores while EP Kings’ flyhalf Garrick Mattheus missed his conversion which would have given the Kings’ an impressive come from behind victory.

Mattheus and his opposite number Shaun Reynolds both ended with 15 points apiece courtesy of three conversions and three penalties while both teams recorded four tries in an entertaining clash.

The Kings opened the scoring thanks to an early Mattheus penalty before the Golden Lions grabbed the first try of the match courtesy of a try from lock Bobby de Wee.

But the visitors took the lead once again when outside centre Somila Jho scored a converted try.

However, the Lions struck back two minutes later when No 8 Ruaan Lerm dotted down for a converted score.

Mattheus and Reynolds traded penalties before Reynolds’ second penalty of the half saw the hosts reach the break leading 20-13.

Reynolds extended the lead soon after the restart with his third penalty before the EP Kings fought their way back into the match when they were awarded a penalty try.

Mattheus levelled the scores with a 57th minute penalty but the Golden Lions were soon back in the lead when hooker Ramone Samuels barged his way over for an unconverted try.

The topsy-turvy nature of the match continued as the Kings regained the lead once again when replacement hooker Gregory Jackson scored a converted try in the 69th minute.

The Golden Lions must have thought that they had wrapped the match up when scrumhalf Ricky Schroeder nipped over for a converted try in the 73rd minute but the Kings had the last laugh in the contest.


Xerox Golden Lions – Tries: Ruaan Lerm, Ricky Schroeder, Ramone Samuels, Bobby de Wee; Conversions: Shaun Reynolds (3); Penalties: Reynolds (3).

EP Kings – Tries: Somila Jho, Juan Jonck, Gregory Jackson, Penalty Try; Conversions: Garrick Mattheus (3); Penalties: Mattheus (3).

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