Wales tour of South Africa: Tourists run in five tries to see off Kings in midweek warm-up
Last Updated: 11/06/14 12:16am
Wales warmed up for Saturday’s Test opener against South Africa with a comfortable 34-12 victory over Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth.
Debutant scrum-half Gareth Davies was one of five try-scorers for Wales, who appeared to come through Tuesday’s fixture unscathed.
Scarlets No 9 Davies notched the fifth and final try to add to earlier efforts from flanker Josh Turnbull, centre Cory Allen, fly-half James Hook and wing Alex Cuthbert. Hook also kicked three conversions and a penalty against the Kings, who will return to Super Rugby in 2016.
Kings scored second half tries through wing Shakes Soyizwapi and prop Simon Kerrod but Wales were always in control of the contest. Fly-half George Whitehead added a conversion.
The first Test between South Africa and Wales will take place in Durban on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 1HD from 3.30pm.
After seeing an early try from Allen chalked off for double movement, Wales eventually got the breakthrough when a well-constructed driving maul rumbled fully 15 metres for Turnbull to dot down, with Hook converting.
Allen made up for his earlier offence by claiming the second, the Cardiff Blues centre benefiting from good work by Hook and Baker to cross by the posts.
Hook slotted a penalty on the stroke of half-time to extend Wales' lead to 17-0 but the build-up was marred by an injury to Kings tighthead Charl du Plessis, who was stretchered off after staying down when a scrum collapsed.
Wales moved out of sight within six minutes of the restart. First, Hook capitalised on a lovely chip from Steven Shingler to step the cover and cross, with Cuthbert then finishing off a flowing move sparked by a Williams break seconds later.
Hook failed to convert the latter score to leave matters at 29-0 before the Kings got on the board with Soyizwapi's try, which was greeted with delight by the small but vocal home fans.
In truth the try should not have stood as flanker Stefen Willemse's illegal clean-out on Wales replacement Aaron Jarvis went unpunished by Television Match Official Jason Jaftha.
Jaftha was busy again on the hour, correctly ruling out a Davies try for a forward pass by Aaron Shingler.
But the Scarlets scrum-half was not to be denied and scooted over thanks to another lovely offload from number eight Baker, before Kerrod's consolation.