The Cheetahs hosted the Southern Kings in Bloemfontein on Saturday and were again able to hold off a late charge from the the Kings to take the win 40-36.
The home side outscored the Kings with six tries to five. Their tries came from Shaun Venter, Tian Schoeman, William Small-Smith, Malcolm Jaer, Junior Pokomela and Luan de Bruin crossing for the Cheetahs. Tian Schoeman kicked four conversions.
As expected, this was a fast-paced match with plenty of end-to-end action and the home side had the bulk of the possession and territory during the game’s early stages.
After the Kings took the lead via an early Banda penalty, the Cheetahs took control of proceedings and replied through a Venter try shortly afterwards before Schoeman and Small-Smith also crossed the whitewash.
The Kings finished the half stronger though and shortly before half-time Velleman crossed for their first try which meant the Cheetahs led 19-10 at the interval.
The visitors scored the first points of the second half when Penxe crossed the whitewash but the Cheetahs regained the initiative when Jaer and Pokomela scored tries before Velleman was sent off.
And although the Cheetahs scored a try through De Bruin, the Kings finished stronger to score 21 unanswered points which added some respectabilty to the final score.
Tries: Shaun Venter, Tian Schoeman, William Small-Smith, Malcolm Jaer, Junior Pokomela, Luan de Bruin
Conversions: Schoeman (5)
Tries: CJ Velleman, Yaw Penxe, Tienie Burger, Alandre van Rooyen, Berton Klaasen
Conversions: Masixole Banda (4)