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.
Tries: Obi, Grey
Cons: Van Breda 2
Pens: Van Breda 6
Red card: Du Plessis
Tries: Blommetjies, Venter, Olivier, Petersen
Cons: Zeilinga 2