After three rounds of matches the Cheetahs and Kings are still without a win and have frankly struggled to be even competitive in this years PRO14.
Both teams playing at home this past weekend did not help them going down to Glasgow and Ulster. The Cheetahs was humiliated at home getting 52 points against them.
Cheetahs 24-52 Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow Warriors made it three successive victories to start the 2018/19 campaign following an excellent triumph over the Cheetahs.
The Warriors started the match impressively, touching down in the first minute via Adam Hastings, but the South Africans hit back with scores from William Small-Smith and Malcolm Jaer.
Having struggled in the opening two matches, the Bloemfontein-based side were delighted to be back on home soil and, although Ali Price took the Scottish team back ahead once again, Nico Lee’s try meant that the hosts led 19-14 at the break.
Franco Smith’s men had the momentum but a yellow card for Jaer altered the course of the game in the second period. While the full-back was off the field, Tommy Seymour, Price and DTH van der Merwe all touched down.
It proved a hammer blow for the Cheetahs as, although Jaer returned to scamper over for his brace, Hastings’ penalty and Callum Gibbins’ try ended the game as a contest.
Glasgow were not done there, however, as George Horne crossed the whitewash to condemn the South Africans to their third consecutive defeat this season.
Tries: Small-Smith, Jaer 2, Lee
Cons: Janse van Rensburg, Schoeman
Yellow Card: Jaer
Tries: Hastings, Price 2, Seymour, Van der Merwe, Gibbins, Horne
Cons: Hastings 7
Yellow Card: Dunbar
Southern Kings 7 – 28 Ulster
The visitors, who are still unbeaten after three matches, were full value for their win as they dominated for long periods and eventually outscored the Kings by three tries to one.
After Ulster took a 6-0 lead courtesy of two John Cooney penalties, the home side suffered a further setback midway through the half when Martinus Burger was yellow carded for a cynical defensive foul inside his half.
Two minutes later, Cooney crossed the whitewash from close quarters but his effort was disallowed due to an illegal clearout in the build-up by Al O’Connor, who was also sent to the sin bin for his indiscretion.
Five minutes later, Cooney made it 9-0 to the visitors when he added another penalty but his participation in the match was brought to a premature end in the 33rd minute when he was forced off the field with a head injury.
The half’s closing stages were dominated by the Kings as they were camped close inside Ulster’s 22, but they could not breach their opponents’ tryline.
Ulster were dealt another blow shortly before half-time when their captain, Rob Herring, also received a yellow card for illegally collapsing a Kings maul deep inside his half.
Despite the loss of their skipper, Ulster did well to keep the Kings at bay and would have been happy to hold a 9-0 lead at half-time.
However, the Kings were fastest out of the blocks in the second half and were rewarded in the 43rd minute when their skipper, Michael Willemse, crossed for the opening try off the back of a lineout drive deep inside Ulster territory.
The next 15 minutes was evenly contested as both sides tried to gain the upper hand but the visitors extended their lead on the hour-mark when Marcell Coetzee gathered the ball at a scrum on the Kings’ five-metre line before powering his way over the tryline.
With Cooney off the field, Billy Burns took over the goalkicking duties and added the extras which meant Ulster held a 17-7 lead.
Five minutes later, Angus Kernohan crossed for the visitors’ second try after gathering a pass from David Shanahan close to the Kings’ tryline and Ulster secured the result in the game’s closing stages when Angus Curtis dotted down after beating a defender deep inside the home side’s 22.
For Southern Kings:
Yellow Card: Burger
Tries: Coetzee, Kernohan, Curtis
Con: Burns, Nelson
Pens: Cooney 3
Yellow Cards: O’Connor, Herring
In other results this weekend
Scarlets 38-29 Benetton
Leinster 52-10 Dragons
Zebre 26-24 Cardiff Blues
Edinburgh 17-10 Connacht
Munster 49-13 Ospreys
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