It was another dismal weekend for the two South African sides in the PRO14 with both the Cheetahs and Kings losing again.
Benetton Rugby returned to the victory trail when they claimed a 28-5 bonus-point triumph over the Southern Kings in Treviso.
As the scoreline suggests, the home side dominated for long periods and they eventually outscored the Kings by four tries to one with two of those five-pointers penalty tries.
Benetton Rugby were fastest out of the blocks and took the lead as early as the fourth minute when Luca Bigi crashed over off the back of a driving maul deep inside the Kings’ 22.
Tommaso Allan added the extras and the visitors were dealt another blow in the 12th minute when Justin Forwood was yellow carded for a cynical defensive foul. The hosts made full use of their numerical advantage and were rewarded when Dewaldt Duvenage crossed for their second try in the 17th minute and Allan’s conversion gave his side a 14-0 lead.
In the 23rd minute, Benetton Rugby extended the gap courtesy of a penalty try which gave them a 21-0 lead, but the Kings narrowed the gap when Yaw Penxe scored their only try in the 32nd minute.
Benetton Rugby went further ahead via another penalty try in the 53rd minute that also marked the end of Forwood’s game as he received his second yellow card for his part in the indiscretion which led to the try.
The rest of the match was a scrappy affair although the Kings did well to prevent the home side from adding to their tally.
For Benetton Rugby:
Tries: Bigi, Duvenage, Penalty try 2
Cons: Allan 2
For Southern Kings:
Yellow Card: Oelofse
Red Card: Justin Forwood (two yellow cards)