September 22, 2018
Southern Kings 38 - 28 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Madibaz Stadium on Saturday September 22nd 2018 | No comments
DTH van der Merwe's late try gave Warriors a bonus point Glasgow Warriors slumped to a 38-28 defeat at the hands of Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth this afternoon.
The Kings were well worth their win but Warriors were made to pay for a dismal display that left them 31-0 down approaching the hour mark.
Warriors did manage to secure a four try bonus in the last quarter but had left themselves far too much to do to catch their fired-up hosts.
Converted tries from Yaw Penxe, Martin du Toit and Rudi Van Rooyen, and a penalty from Masixole Banda, put Kings 24-0 up at half-time and Harlon Klaasen's brilliant solo score made it 31-0 before Nick Grigg and DTH van der Merwe hit back for Glasgow.
But Du Toit's second try proved decisive, late scores from Fraser Brown and van der Merwe securing a bonus point for the visitors.
The defeat ended Glasgow's unbeaten start and Dave Rennie says the performance was the worst of his time in charge.
Warriors shipped five tries to a side that lost 20 of their 21 games last season and Rennie says his side's next opponents, Dragons, "will be salivating" at the prospect of facing them after what he called a "really flat performance".
"They out-enthused us, they out-worked us," Rennie told BBC Scotland.
"We didn't defend well enough or work hard enough defensively. We didn't treasure the ball and we know they can hurt you when you do that.
"We lost all the key races. In the end we found ourselves a helluva long way back."
Rennie dismissed suggestions his team may have taken the threat of the Kings too lightly.
"We do our homework on each team each week," he said. "We were clear on what was going to be important. It certainly wasn't a lack of respect for the Kings.
"We prepared as we do for every side. In the end they put the pressure on and they were rewarded.
"We were a long way off it today, but maybe it's a good lesson. We had to wait about 11 months last year to find that out.
"We need to be far more urgent. We need to be better in all departments, with and without the ball, because anyone can roll anyone in this competition."