Bloemfontein - The Cheetahs are second in of the South African conference in the
Super Rugby competition after beating the Southern Kings 26-12 in their
encounter at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
men from Bloemfontein would welcome next week's bye after enduring ten
weeks of difficult Super Rugby. Winning seven games so far in this
year's competition, they became one of the favourites to progress to the
The Kings looked the part early on, running
everything at the Cheetahs with the likes of eighthman Jacques
Engelbrecht keeping the Cheetahs' defence busy. They put the hosts under
pressure which resulted in the hosts kicking away possession.
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The Kings' inability to keep possession at the break down, however, posed problems for them.
Cheetahs put the first points on the board when the visitors gave away
possession and Cheetahs' scrum half Piet van Zyl broke away.
Speedster Raymond Rhule followed up and beat two Kings' defenders for his fifth try of the Super Rugby season.
Cheetahs gave away numerous penalties in the first half, with Kings
flyhalf Demitri Catrakilis capitalising, but their first try gave the
home side valuable momentum which they utilised at every opportunity.
flyhalf Burton Francis kicked a penalty to give his side a five point
advantage in the 16th minute, but Catrakilis answered in kind after the
hosts infringed at the break down area.
Ten minutes before half
time, the Cheetahs scored their second try after flanker Lappies
Labuschagne scored after a brilliant break by scrum half Van Zyl.
converted, leaving the Kings trailing by nine points. The hosts
discipline let them down once again and Catrakilis reduced the deficit
to six points with his third successful penalty kick to leave the score
15-9 at halftime in favour of the Cheetahs.
The hosts started the
second half at a mediocre pace, but soon played with the same attacking
prowess they showed in the first half. Putting together some good
attacking phases, it was only a matter of time before winger Willie le
Roux scored the Cheetahs third try of the evening.
defended for most part of the first five minutes, but got some reward
for their efforts when Catrakilis kicked his fourth penalty of the
evening. Francis replied for the Cheetahs after big lock Ligtoring
Landman was held up over the goal line in the wake of a penalty
Once again, it left the Kings 11 points short and they opted to kick for touch rather than goal with their next penalty.
Cheetahs' solid defence, however, left no holes for the visitors and
they in turn started to loose what little momentum they had. The hosts
progressed to the Kings goal line once again, but this time Francis
kicked a penalty to help settle things down.
The last couple of minutes of the game became really scrappy as the Cheetahs searched in vain for a bonus point try.
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert
Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Phillip
van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois
Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1
Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19
Frans Viljoen, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Ryno Benjamin
George Whitehead, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss
(captain), 11 Michael Killian, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8
Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 Rynier
Bernardo, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk
Substitutes: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Grant Kemp, 18 David
Bulbring, 19 Luke Watson, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Waylon Murray, 22