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16th man was the difference for Kings v Highlanders

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James Mortimer     13 May 2013     Getty Images

Further to this is the fact that the Kings have attracted mammoth crowds, in excess of 20,000, to be (by stadia crowd number) one of the best supported teams in Super Rugby.

Despite the franchise suffering a record 72-10 loss to the Waratahs the week before, the fledging team regrouped and denied the Highlanders the chance to go back-to-back.

Captain Luke Watson, who scored two tries, said to SAPA the support was a big factor.

"A lot of credit must go to the crowd we got absolutely pumped last week," he said.

"...To see this crowd (approx 18,500) here...thanks to the supporters for turning up. We really appreciate the support."

Watson said the team came into the match with a devil may care attitude, saying that only risks would allow them to record their first win over a New Zealand Super Rugby outfit.

"We were able to bounce back and showed a lot of character," he said.

"We don't have much to lose and we have to take some risks. In this match it came off and if it hadn't the coach would have wrung my neck."