RECAP: Southern Kings v Cheetahs
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to the Pro14 catch-up encounter between the Southern Kings and Cheetahs in Port Elizabeth.
The Pro14 is back this weekend with the first of the South African derbies in what could prove to be crucial matches in the race for the Final Series.
The Cheetahs have an exemplary record against the Southern Kings, but they will need to maintain that to keep the pressure up in Conference A.
The Cheetahs flew out of the blocks this season, but their away form has not quite matched their efforts in Bloemfontein, leaving them with work to do to make the top three in Conference A and reach the Pro14 Final Series.
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Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 John-Thomas Jackson, 11 Erich Cronje, 10 Bader Pretorius, 9 Stefan Ungerer (captain), 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Ruaan Lerm, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Jerry Sexton, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Alandre van Rooyen, 17 Xandre Vos, 18 Ignatius Prinsloo, 19 Bobby de Wee, 20 Lusanda Badiyana, 21 Theo Maree, 22 Courtney Winnaar, 23 Andell Loubser.
Cheetahs: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Clayton Blommetjies, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Gerhard Olivier, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Chris Massyn, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Boan Venter.
Replacements: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Erich de Jager, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Aidon Davis; 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 George Whitehead, 23 Chris Smit.
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Divan Uys (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Johann Greeff (South Africa)