Southern Kings scrumhalf Josh Allderman in action during his side's Pro14 clash against Irish side Ulster at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Photo: @PRO14Official/Twitter

PORT ELIZABETH – The Southern Kings remain winless in the Pro14 after going down 42-17 against Ulster at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon.

Last week’s loss to the Cheetahs was almost instantly put out of the traveling Irish side’s mind as John Cooney scored with a minute to play. The boot of Demetri Catrakilis helped the Kings reduce the gap, but the match was soon put behind the hosts.

The Kings were run ragged in the opening half as centre Luke Marshall and hooker Rob Herring scored almost back to back in the 13th and 16th minutes. A minute either side of the half hour mark saw the influential Matt Faddes and Cooney dot down.

Kings centre Tertius Kruger crossed over shortly before the break, but the horse had already bolted.

The Irish side were content to soak up the pressure in the second period and didn’t pay the price for coming down a few gears.

Sean Reidy notched up his team’s sixth try just before the hour mark and when Cooney knocked over the conversion, he took his personal tally to 22 points.

To their credit, the Kings fought hard and earned a late try through Aston Fortuin. The home side were buoyed by the score and attacked for the last 10 minutes but without success.

Scorers 

Southern Kings 17 (10) Tries: Tertius Kruger, Aston Fortuin. Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis, JT Jackson. Penalty: Demetri Catrakilis.

Ulster 42 (35) Tries: John Cooney (2), Luke Marshall, Rob Herring, Matt Faddes, Sean Reidy. Conversions: John Cooney (6).

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