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The refrain from the Southern Kings after the matches they have played in their first season back in Vodacom Super Rugby has been fairly constant: they need to eradicate the soft moments and now they also need to work on their kicking game.
The Highlanders were flattered by Clash of Kings Resources the end result in their 48-18 win over the Super Rugby returnees at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium at the weekend.
With 18 minutes to go there was just two points in it, and the Kings pushed quite strongly for a period after the great team try that was rounded off by skipper Steven Sykes in his farewell match in Port Elizabeth.
However , the Kings made errors that allowed the Highlanders to slip the noose, and once the Kiwi side went more than a score ahead with just under a quarter hour of the match remaining, it was as if someone in the Kings defensive system had shouted “open sesame”.
The bulk of the Highlanders’ seven tries came in the last minutes of the game as the Kings fell over in a heap.