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Kings get first win in Currie Cup


By; Jacques Nortier (Bunny)

EP Kings surprise when they beat the Free State Cheetahs 32-24 on Friday night in winning their first ABSA Currie Cup game of the season.


Starting the first half very well and dominating play in the first 15 min the Kings quickly got into a 6 point lead. They were really looking good and put the Cheetahs on a lot of pressure in that first 15 min.

The Cheetahs did start playing towards the ball and with finding some space they scored their first try from a driving lineout after a silly dangerous tackle from the Kings.

They quickly started to dominate as the Kings started to give away silly mistakes which kept the Cheetahs in there half. They quickly scored their second try and got to a 14-6 lead after the Kings made most of the play in the first half.

The Kings did manage to get back into the game late in the half and score one of the best tries you will see this season when Obi ran the perfect line to break the Cheetahs defence. Penalties was traded by both teams and they went into halftime with the Cheetahs leading the Kings 19-16.

The second half had a slow start for both teams and they made plenty of mistakes during this first part of the second half.

It was a red card for punching from Kings centre JP Du Plessis that spark the Kings and they started playing much better and quickly got the a lead of 32-19. The Cheetahs did got one try back at the end but it was too late and the Kings kept it together to get the first win of the season by beating the Cheetahs 43-24.

The scorers:

For Kings:
Tries: Obi, Grey
Cons: Van Breda 2
Pens: Van Breda 6
Red card: Du Plessis

For Cheetahs:
Tries: Blommetjies, Venter, Olivier, Petersen
Cons: Zeilinga 2




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  1. Kinda glad for King’s first win – sans Luke, but his old man is still at the helm. Good for the players, lot of them seem to give it a good go and play their hearts out. Sorry for the Fun Bunch (and Americano!) though, rather crappy to lose against Kings!

    Speaking of our token US citizen: Americano, if you’re around and see this, I’m looking of options to watch the RWC on TV. So far I’ve only come across PPV on USN for $199.95 (all 48 games) or $27.50/game individually. [A game here and there will be on regular channels, but a pitiful few only]

  2. Hi Nam.
    I’m gonna have to do the same. Find out this week if I’m in UK during – hope I could catch a scrub game live in the boggy land of the stiff upper lip & horrific “food”.
    I’m bummed DirectTV doesn’t carry them all like last time – just like NFL Gameday package.
    I think USN is the only way to go really.
    Saw Donald Trump was out your way with a camo hat on LOL.

  3. @Americano: Man, I sure hope you get to watch a game or two across’t the pond – lucky man!! Do you have any contacts over there that might be able to hook you up with tickets/directions/options & other info? I might, drop me a line if you want me to pursue.
    I had a layover in London in June and stopped by Twickenham. Went right by RWC hq and they let me in the stadium quick to take take a few snaps of the newly laid turf.

    USN is a bum deal, I’ve never used PPV and the idea doesn’t appeal to me. I’d also much rather have a package, like you say. Not too long ago, I checked DitecTV’s website and they had the price for individual matches as $12.50, but still referred to USN where they’re $27.50 apiece. I don’t know that I should spend the whole $200 – even though it’s much more cost effective – since I simply won’t be able to watch all that many matches. Kinda decided I’ll get the ones that are on regular channels and stream others I’d like to watch, possibly buy on or two on PPV. We’ll see, time difference makes it complicated……most games in the morning and school, work and rugby (our games over here) all need to be considered.

  4. @Americano: I’ve lost count how many times Trump (and all the other 110!) have been around. Apparently Hila-rous-ly Clinton, since advocate for USSA Bernie Sanders is up on her by 10 points in IA polls, is making a stop at two places during the week, including right here. I’m already tired of all the yakking and it’s not even 2016 yet!

    On a much lighter and funnier note, Jay Leno had a show here Saturday night. Earlier in the day he walked around downtown, had a burger in a local bar and posed for pictures with everyone who asked. Went to see the show and was a good laugh, real nice guy.

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