The Kings managed to record another win in their build-up to their Super Rugby debut, but it was a "bad day at the office".
The tournament rookies, the Kings, beat a Franchise XV 29-13 in a disappointing warm-up match at Outeniqua Park in George on Friday.
It was a performance that did please Director of Rugby Alan Solomons.
The Kings boss said he was "disappointed" in the performance.
"In the first half the line-outs were appalling," Solomons said, adding: "We lost possession in about nine of the 11 line-outs."
He added that the players had also given away too many penalties at the breakdown.
"This meant we had no possession, which made it difficult to play," he said.
Solomons said in the second half the line-outs had improved, but there were still too many penalties given away and the skill level had been poor, resulting in lost opportunities.
"We also received two yellow cards, which meant at one point we were down to 13 men on the field," he said.
The Kings Director of Rugby said although it had been a "bad day at the office", the team would absorb the lessons for the game and move forward.
For the Southern Kings:
Tries: Grey 2, Peterson 2, Leonardi
Cons: Dunlop 2
For the Franchise XV:
Pens: Taljard 2
Southern Kings: 15 Elric van Vuuren, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss (captain), 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Daniel Adongo, 5 David Bullbring, 4 Devin Oosthuizen, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Virgil Lacombe, 1 Jaco Engels.
Replacements - from: Siyanda Grey, Cornell du Preez, Mpho Mbiyozo, Rynier Bernardo, Tomas Leonardi, Kevin Buys, Bandise Maku, Lizo Gqoboko, Johan Herbst, Wesley Dunlop, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Hadleigh Parkes.
Franchise XV: 15 Alshaun Bock, 14 Charlie Ewerts, 13 Kempie Rautenbach, 12 Jeff Taljard, 11 Ghafoer Luckan, 10 Martin du Toit, 9 Kerwin Appolus, 8 Michael Vermaak, 7 Lyndon Hartnick, 6 Dumisani Meslane, 5 Hein Potgieter, 4 Giant Mtyanda, 3 Raoul Larson, 2 Layle Delo, 1 Jean Rossouw.
Replacements - from: Wayne Khan, Grant Kemp, Grant le Roux, Buran Parks, Rudi Michaels, Lionel Cornelius, Wenstley Scott, Dean Hopp, Christo du Plessis, Clint Wagman, Werner Jacobs, Lyndon Rhoode.
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