Kings need to cut out fun­da­men­tal mis­takes – Davids

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT - Ge­orge By­ron by­rong@ti­soblack­star.co.za

SOUTH­ERN Kings head coach Deon Davids has called on his team to cut out in­di­vid­ual er­rors ahead of their cru­cial PRO14 match against Ul­ster at Kwaza­khele’s Wolf­son Sta­dium on Satur­day.

Fri­day’s 43-13 loss against Glas­gow at the Scot­stoun Sta­dium was a sev­enth straight loss for the Kings, who want to re­deem them­selves against the Ir­ish out­fit.

The Kings were outscored by seven tries to one on an ar­ti­fi­cial pitch in Glas­gow, and Davids will de­mand all­round im­prove­ment against Ul­ster in round eight of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“There are some good in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances, but there are also fun­da­men­tal er­rors that some in­di­vid­u­als made,” Davids said.

“In terms of our de­ci­sion­mak­ing, I felt in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions we could have ex­e­cuted bet­ter.

“Our plan was to hold onto the ball for as long as pos­si­ble.

“But we some­times let our­selves down by kick­ing the ball away un­nec­es­sar­ily in the wide chan­nel or maybe los­ing a ball in con­tact and be­ing a bit im­pa­tient.

“When Glas­gow got the turnover ball, they used it ef­fec­tively and counter-at­tacked.

“They car­ried the ball into our half and got the set piece. They put us un­der pres­sure.”

The re­sult means the Kings are still win­less af­ter seven games and rooted to the foot of Con­fer­ence B, while Glas­gow re­main run­away Con­fer­ence A lead­ers.

Ul­ster will ar­rive in Port El­iz­a­beth on the back of a 25-10 de­feat against archri­vals Le­in­ster on Satur­day.

Two tries from Luke McGrath and one by Jor­dan Lar­mour saw Le­in­ster win the in­ter­provin­cial Ir­ish derby.

Ross Byrne kicked a con­ver­sion and two penal­ties as the south­ern prov­ince racked up their third suc­ces­sive PRO14 vic­tory.

Le­in­ster led 13-10 at the break, when Ire­land skip­per Rory Best played his 200th game for Ul­ster.

The four points saw Leo Cullen’s Le­in­ster squad taste vic­tory for the first time in Belfast since 2014, and meant that their hosts fell to their first home re­verse in the league in a year.

Le­in­ster, with re­cent Lions Jack McGrath, Tadhg Fur­long and skip­per Sean O’Brien in their start­ing lineup, but without Jonathan Sex­ton and Rob­bie Hen­shaw, were far more ac­cu­rate and po­tent.

It was Ul­ster’s sec­ond de­feat in the league this sea­son, fol­low­ing last month’s shock re­verse at Ze­bre. Five of the Kings’ open­ing seven games have been played in Europe, and they will be hop­ing for bet­ter for­tune on home turf.

Af­ter small crowds watched their open­ing home matches against Le­in­ster and Ze­bre, the Kings are hop­ing for a bet­ter turnout in Kwaza­khele.

Fol­low­ing the Ul­ster clash, they will also have home games against Scar­lets and Ed­in­burgh as they bid to turn things around.

Pic­ture: GALLO IMAGES/SYD­NEY SESHIBEDI

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