Benet­ton make fast start as Faiva sparkles

Kings ................ 19 Benet­ton ........ 22

The Rugby Paper - - Pro14 - By TOM BLACK­ETT

THE Kings re­main rooted to the bot­tom of Con­fer­ence B af­ter falling to Benet­ton on home soil.

The de­ci­sion by Kings head coach Deon Davids to make ten changes to the line-up which lost 31-14 to Con­nacht last week failed to pay off, as his side were sent to their ninth de­feat in ten matches at the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium.

The hosts had no an­swer to the Ital­ian side’s maul as a dom­i­nant set piece al­lowed Kiwi hooker Hame Faiva to dive over for three first-half tries.

Vic­tory was not out of sight for the home side who had cen­tre Ter­tius Kruger touch down af­ter 11 min­utes to leave the score 7-17 at the break.

But a mo­ment of bril­liance from wing Monty Ioane saw him skil­fully col­lect a grub­ber kick to wrap up the bonus-point for Benet­ton and stretch the visi­tors’ lead.

The Kings fought back through tries by re­place­ment prop Lu­vuyo Pupuma and Kruger bag­ging his sec­ond, but it came too late.

With 2018 set to be closed out by Euro­pean Cup fix­tures, the Kings now have time to re­group in South Africa be­fore at­tempt­ing to re­vive their sea­son in the new year. REF­EREE: Sean Gal­lagher AT­TEN­DANCE: 1,500 Star man Hame Faiva - Benet­ton

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