Free State Cheetahs beat EP Kings with bonus point

The Free State Cheetahs secured a bonus point Currie Cup victory when they beat the EP Kings 22-37 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Despite being outmuscled up front at times, the Free State Cheetahs showed
enough class to register a deserved four tries to three Currie Cup victory.

The match was evenly poised at half-time when the Cheetahs led 16-10, but they
made excellent use of their attacking opportunities in the second half to score
three more tries after the break, always keeping daylight between themselves
and their opponents.

Any mistakes and defensive lapses by the Kings were swiftly seized on by the
Cheetahs as scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, celebrating his 100th Currie Cup game,
flyhalf Willie du Plessis and wing Raymond Rhule all crossed for tries to make
the game safe at 37-15 with seven minutes remaining.

The Kings showed great endeavour to cross for their third try in the 78th minute
when replacement centre Dwayne Jenner finished off a series of attacks with
a try next to the posts.

The game ended with EP again on the attack, but it was too little, too late
as they again paid the penalty for committing errors at crucial times.

The Kings showed their commitment, however, playing the match with 14 men for
20 minutes after hooker Martin Ferreira and lock Darron Nell were both shown
yellow cards.

The Cheetahs, leading 13-10 when Ferreira went to the bin, could not capitalise
fully on his absence despite having a five-metre lineout. When their drive was
held up, they had a five-metre scrum but the Kings then pushed them off the
ball to earn a penalty, eliminating the immediate danger.

However, with Du Plessis showing accurate kicking form, the Cheetahs always
had the edge and the flyhalf added three penalties and three conversions to
his try for a personal contribution of 20 points.

Their opening try came from centre Francois Venter, engineered by Pretorius
and Rhule, and Du Plessis added the conversion and three penalties for their
first half points.

Down 13-3, the Kings struck back with a magnificent try by wing Ntabeni Dukisa
when he made the most of quick distribution down the left flank and put in a
solo run from about 50 metres, bamboozling the visiting defence to score under
the poles.

The home side produced another fine try by Siyanda Grey in the second half,
but the Cheetahs’ lethal strikes nearly every time they visited the Kings’ 22-metre
area proved the difference in the end.

Final Score EP Kings 22 Free State Cheetahs 37

Scorers

EP Kings
Tries- Dukisa 2, Jenner
Con- Van Aswegen, Van Breda
Pen -Van Aswegen
Yellow card – Ferreira, Nell

Free State Cheetahs
Tries- Venter, Pretorius, du Plessis, Rhule
Con -Du Plessis 3, de Wet
Pen – Du Plessis 3

Teams

Eastern Province Kings

15 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Ntabeni Dukisa, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Kevin Luiters, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Devin Oosthuizen, 6 Shaun McDonald, 5 Darron Nell, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements: 16 Albe de Swardt, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Steven Cummins, 19 Stefan Willemse, 20 Tobie Botes, 21 Dwayne Jenner, 22 Scott van Breda.

Free State Cheetahs

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Phillipus du Plessis, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Pieter Labuschagne, 7 Neil Claassen, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Henco Venter, 3 G

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