Cheetahs get past Kings
The Cheetahs never really got out of third gear but they were always going to have the better of the Kings as the struggling Eastern Cape side travelled to Bloemfontein. In the end the home side triumphed 34-20.
On a lush pitch and with two teams at the lower end of the scales it was probably to be expected that this one never materialised into much of a spectacle. One bright moment led to Raymond Rhule benefitting from his teammates breaking the line and feeding the speedster to finish the job. The second visit behind the Kings’ line came courtesy of Uzair Cassiem thanks to a power scrum from home side.
The teams would turn with the men from Bloem enjoying a thirteen point advantage. Despite missing a number of chances due to the final pass not finding a man or a lack of composure shown when the tryline was beckoning the Cheetahs stretched their lead to a convincing margin at 27-6 with ten minutes played in the second stint.
Being in bonus point territory at this point coach, Franco Smith will feel disappointed that his side didn’t kick on and ensure a convincing victory. Instead the Kings, as per usual, kept giving their all and their never-say-die attitude meant that the visitors could leave the Free State with their heads held high.