THERE were mixed fortunes for the EP Kings under-21 and U19 teams when they attempted to gain promotion to the Currie Cup A Division against Border Bulldogs teams in East London on Saturday.
The U19 Kings team, led by skipper Matthew Moore, clinched their berth in the top flight when they scored a hard- earned 27-20 win over their Border counterparts.
In the second game of the day, however, the Kings U21 team went down 23-21 to the Bulldogs.
After being sidelined by a hamstring injury for most of the season, Sergeal Petersen, one of the stars of the Southern Kings' Super Rugby campaign, was among the try scorers in the U19 clash as the Kings recorded a notable victory.
Apart from Petersen, the other EP try scorers were Alex Banfield and Sherwin Slater.
The accurate boot of Selvyn Davids also proved to be crucial in a tight game and he succeeded with three conversions and two penalties.
It was a significant win for the U19 team because next season they will be able to match themselves against the best teams in the country.
The EP U21 team, however, went down after the Bulldogs clinched victory with the last kick of the game in a hard-fought tussle at the Buffalo City Stadium.
It was the first defeat of the season for the EP U21 team and shattered their hopes of playing in the top tier next season.
Marlou van Niekerk, Siphesihle Punguzwa and Siviwe Soyizwapi scored tries for the Kings in the U21 playoff, while Gavin Hauptfleisch and Ruan Allerston each succeeded with a penalty.
In their respective Currie Cup B Division finals last week, the Kings U21 team thrashed Boland 59-19 and the Kings U19 side scored a hard-fought 56-40 win over the Falcons.