The Sunwolves put in a much-improved performance on Saturday but it still proved too little against the Southern Kings of South Africa with the visitors winning 37-23 in Singapore.
The Kings scored four tries to the Sunwolves’ three, but it was the kicking and general dominant play of the Kings’ No. 10 Lionel Cronje that proved the difference, with the physical playmaker perfect on both conversions (four) and penalties (three).
The first half saw the Sunwolves have the better of the run of play, but a lack of discipline on defense cost them as the teams traded penalties, not allowing the home team to catch up.
Sunwolves head coach Filo Tiatia commented, “They capitalized on their opportunities and we weren’t clinical enough and didn’t hold onto the ball,” he said. “We also made some poor decisions.”
Deon Davids, head coach of the Kings, stated “To lose our main line-out jumper and then both scrumhalves, it was a really tough win and I applaud the effort of the boys in taking on the challenge,” he said.
With the Sunwolves back on the road for their next two matches before they return to Singapore for round five, Quirk knows the team has a rough road ahead.”We need to repay our fans,” he said. “I know we have a tough week coming up. But for us, we are going to stay on the grind and keep getting better.”