Robbie Kempson Frustrated At Southern Kings

Isuzu Southern Kings coach Robbie Kempson expressed his frustration with their inability to capitalise on the numerical advantage they had after Connacht replacement winger Peter Robb received a red card in the 15th minute for making contact with Howard Mnisi’s neck while carrying the ball up-field.

The home side managed to fight back from 14-0 down to level the scores at 14-14 when the visitors were down to 13 men after their first yellow card, but this was not enough as Connacht charged on to win 29-19.

“We had a plan, and we have the best attack coach in world rugby in my opinion assisting us in Swys de Bruin, but then we butcher four scoring opportunities in the first half and you can’t do that and expect to win,” said Kempson.

“Yes, they had a red card and all of that, but if you butcher four opportunities, that is potentially 28 points.”

Kempson added: “The main message sent out once Connacht had lost a player to a red card was to keep the ball at all costs.

“Rather than loosening the game up we wanted to tighten it to strictly step into line with the game plan we had in place for this particular game, and we didn’t do that.”