The Southern Kings were given a reality check as they received a 45-17 drubbing from the Cheetahs in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.
There was a lot of hype after the Kings recorded an inspiring 23-7 victory against the Bulls second stringers at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium last Saturday. However, they were brought back down to earth as they were well beaten by the Cheetahs in a rain-affected game.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske fielded a strong line-up and they dominated from the outset, scoring six tries through centre Andries Strauss, prop WP Nel, hooker Ryno Barnes, skipper Juan Smith, flyhalf Naas Olivier and wing Philip Burger while Olivier slotted four conversions for a 38-10 lead at the break. Fullback SP Marais scored the Kings’ only five-pointer and flyhalf Monty Dumond kicked a conversion and penalty.
The Cheetahs struggled to replicate their attacking prowess in the second half as they only added one more try through scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius. The Kings grabbed a consolation score at the death as wing Norman Nelson scored an intercept try.