Cheetahs trounce Kings

Date published: September 3 2016

The Cheetahs outplayed the rambunctious Kings to claim a bonus point 57-25 win in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The home side blended maturity with an electric attacking game plan to score nine tries against the men from Port Elizabeth.

Cheetahs flanker Paul Schoeman was instrumentalin his team's' dominant display as his physical presence bossed the collisions and he was rewarded with two tries for his efforts. 

The Cheetahs try scorers never seemed happy with just one five-pointer each as Nico Lee, Charles Marais and Schoeman all scored a brace. 

The win sees the Cheetahs retain their position at second spot behind the Sharks and sets them in good stead to for their encounter against the table-toppers in Durban next weekend. 

Despite another valiant effort from the men in red and black, they remain at the bottom of the table after not earning a table-point from the game. 

The Kings' first time tackling was poor throughout the game as the Cheetahs ran rampant, with forwards and backs linking with precision all over the field. 

It was another fantastic game for Cheetahs rising star Tshego Nche won Man of the Match after having another great day at the scrum but he was even more impressive in the loose play after as he generated momentum every time he crashed into the Kings' line.

The Bloemfontein-born bruiser also added a great try to his highlights-reel as he was given the ball in space, bounced a Kings defender before dotting the ball down for the try. 

The Kings scored the first try of the match after the visitors took a quick tap near the Cheetahs line, Kings captain Ricky Schroeder took the ball in and the ball was recycled quickly and went wide and Greyling was able to dot down after a fantastic inside pass from Tromp. 

The Cheetahs replied to the Kings try with a similar phase of play. The home side played the ball quickly from the base of the ruck, and gave the ball some air to Raymond Rhule who showed lightening quick hands to get the ball to Cheetahs centre Nico Lee who scored. 

The Cheetahs added to their tally once again after former Kings prop Tom Botha was able to barge his way over the line.

Another former Kings player Paul Schoeman scored for his side after an incredible tackle-busting run that saw him bash through three players to get to the line. 

Schoeman got his second try of the match in the second half when the seemingly iron-cast loose forward  skinned the cover defence to grab his side the bonus-point five pointer. 

The Kings had all then possession but could not quite penetrate the Cheetahs defensive line so young flyhalf Pieter-Steyn de Wet took it upon himself to kick a drop goal from 30 metres out. 

The Cheetahs then replied immediately through a great team try which started with a tap and go from Uzair Cassiem and ended with Cheetahs prop Charles Marais who scored the five pointer. 

The Kings were able to grab a consolation try in the dying minutes after Johan Tromp sent Vince Jobo through for the try after the Kings set the phases on the Cheetahs five metre line which drew in the Cheetahs defence.

The scorers:

For the Cheetahs:
Tries: Lee 2, Botha, Schoeman 2, Marais 2, Nche, Marais
Cons: Zeilinga, Marais 2
Pens: Zeilinga 2

For the Kings:
Tries: Greyling, Klaasen, Jobo
Cons: De Wet, Marais
Pens: De Wet
Drop goal: De Wet

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer (c), 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Tian Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveldt, 1 Ox Nche 

Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Justin Basson, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Michael van der Spuy.

EP Kings: 15 Johann Tromp, 14 Shakes Soyizwapi, 13 JC Greyling, 12 Berton Klaasen, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9 Ricky Schroeder (c), 8 Christiaan de Bruin, 7 Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Vince Jobo, 5 Sebastian Ferreira, 4 Dylan Pieterse, 3 Vukile Sofisa, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Justin Forwood
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Barend Potgieter, 18 Hannes Huisamen, 19 Brandon Brown, 20 Vian van der Watt, 21 Kobus Marais, 22 Ganfried May

Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Ben Crouse, Vusi Msibi
TMO: JJ Wagner