Port Elizabeth - With the skilful Willie le Roux a constant threat in the backline,
the Cheetahs registered a hard-earned, but decisive 34-22 Super Rugby
win over the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Roux was responsible for unlocking the tight Kings' defence in the last
minute of the first half, sending centre Johann Sadie over for their
first try, and then in the 62nd minute, Sadie returned the favour as he
made all the running for Le Roux to stroll over for the bonus-point try.
Cheetahs took a 13-12 lead into the break, but the Kings, with the
inspiring Demetri Catrakilis kicking like a metronome, regained the
initiative after he slotted over his fifth penalty soon after the
restart. The visitors, however, then took control.
Kings to make numerous tackles with a constant attacking approach, and
distributing the ball with great control and fluency, the Cheetahs
created chances for scrumhalf Piet van Zyl and Sadie, for his second, to
cross over for tries.
Flyhalf Elgar Watts, who matched
Catrakilis's precise goal-kicking, kept the Cheetahs on top by
converting all four tries and adding two penalties for a personal tally
of 14 points.
After Le Roux scored his try, he left the field with what seemed to be niggling leg injury.
visitors were made to work hard for their win, but they complemented
their attacking strategy with a strong defensive attitude, which they
displayed in the last 10 minutes as the Kings tried desperately to close
They kept out the hosts until the 79th minute when
replacement scrumhalf Nicholas Vergallo scampered over to the joy of the
Fullback George Whitehead added the conversion in a
pleasing finish for the Kings, but the day's honours belonged
indisputably to the high-flying Cheetahs outfit, who bagged their ninth
victory of the season.Teams:Kings:
15. SP Marais, 14. Siyanda Grey, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12.
Andries Strauss, 11. Marcello Sampson, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Shaun
Venter, 8. Cornell du Preez, 7. Luke Watson (captain), 6. Wimpie van der
Walt, 5. David Bulbring, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise
Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17
Grant Kemp, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Nicolas
Vergallo, 21 Shane Gates, 22 George Whitehead.
Hennie Daniller, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn,
11 Willie le Roux, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der
Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Francois Uys, 4
Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1
Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane,
18 Rynhardt Landman, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Riaan
Smit, 22 Raymond Rhule