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Preview: Southern Kings v Toyota Cheetahs

Paul Eddison 27 Apr 2018

Toyota Cheetahs can book their place in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series at the first time of asking if they come away with something from their final game of the campaign away to rivals Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.

The Cheetahs travel to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday looking to complete the treble over the Kings, having already beaten them home and away earlier in the year.

What’s at stake? The Cheetahs went down in heart-breaking fashion to Munster in their last game, losing out to a long-range Conor Murray penalty, but they still hold a five-point lead over Cardiff Blues in the race for the final play-off spot. As a result, a single point will suffice to guarantee a post-season berth in their first season in the league, while the Kings will seek their second win of the campaign.

Team news (Southern Kings): The Southern Kings have made a raft of changes for their final game of the campaign following their defeat to Cardiff Blues a fortnight ago.

The most notable move is Masixole Banda switching from full-back to fly-half, with Ntabeni Dukisa shifting to inside centre.

Team news (Toyota Cheetahs): Like the Kings, the Cheetahs have also shifted a player to fly-half, with Niel Marais at ten, having turned out in the centres last time out. That means that Johan Goosen, who made his debut against Munster, drops down to the bench, while Clinton Swart comes in at inside centre.

Talking points: 

It’s been a difficult season for the Kings, who have managed just the one win, against the Dragons, but coach Deon Davids has backed his team to show the same effort they have produced all campaign in their final match.

He said: “We’ve had to learn a lot in a short space of time this season but this team has always given 100 per cent and I expect no different.”

Meanwhile Cheetahs centre and skipper Francois Venter knows his team have to take their chances if they are to bounce back from defeat to Munster.

He said: “Our focus will be on being better and converting pressure into points.  We need to be more clinical.”

Key battle: Dries van Schalkwyk v Uzair Cassiem

A pair of internationals will go up against one another at No.8 with former Italy forward Dries van Schalkwyk matching up with Springbok Uzair Cassiem.

Van Schalkwyk is vastly experienced, having first caught the eye in the Guinness PRO14 with Zebre.

Cassiem, meanwhile, is a dynamic loose forward and will be a danger if the game opens up.

Key fact: The teams have met six times across all competitions with the Cheetahs emerging victorious on every occasion.

Did you know? The Cheetahs have won three games on the road so far this season including a 45-21 victory at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in January.

Southern Kings: Yax Penxe, Michael Makase, Jacques Nel, Ntabeni Dukisa, Harlon Klaasen, Masixole Banda, Godlen Masimla, Justin Forwood, Stephan Coetzee, Rossouw de Klerk, Stephan Greeff, Bobby de Wee, Khaya Majola, Tienie Burger, Dries van Schalkwyk

Replacements: Tango Balekile, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Luvuyo Pupuma, Lindo Welemu, Lusabalo Mtyanda, Lusanda Badiyana, JP Smith, JC Roos

Toyota Cheetahs: Clayton Blommetjies, William Small-Smith, Francois Venter, Clinton Swart, Rabs Maxwane, Niel Marais, Tian Meyer, Ox Nche, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Aranos Coetzee, Carl Wegner,

Reniel Hugo, Paul Schoeman, Oupa Mohoje, Uzair Cassiem.

Replacements: Jacques du Toit, Charles Marais, Tom Botha, Rynier Bernardo, Henco Venter, Zee Mkhabela, Johan Goosen, Lloyd Greeff

TV: At Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, 2.55pm Live on SuperSport

Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni (SARU, 1st competition game)

AR1: Quinton Immelman (SARU), AR2: Rodney Bonaparte (SARU)

TMO: Johan Greeff (SARU)

Guinness PRO14 Final 2018 Ticket Information: Prices start at just €35 at www.ticketmaster.ie with tickets available to suit every experience.
To book hospitality visit: https://www.pro14rugby.org/hospitality
For Travel packages visit: https://www.pro14rugby.org/travel-packages
For Fanzone & Dublin 7s visit: http://www.dublin7sfestival.ie

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Venter try seals bonus point and Final Series place for Cheetahs

Paul Eddison 28 Apr 2018

The Toyota Cheetahs made it three wins out of three over their South African rivals the Southern Kings with a 29-20 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth to book their place in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series.

After two convincing wins over their compatriots in January, this was a much tighter affair, but once Francois Venter crossed for the fourth try, they were guaranteed a place in the post-season.

They will be on the road in the quarter-finals after extending their first season in the Guinness PRO14 by at least one more match.

However this did not come easy, with the Kings scoring a try in each half and pushing their visitors for much of the match.

The Cheetahs started strongly and led after just three minutes thanks to a Niel Marais penalty as the Kings struggled to deal with their quick ball.

The visitors looked really dangerous but just as it seemed they might get the first score, the home side countered from deep.

Taking advantage of a loose ball in midfield, Jacques Nel got them on the front foot with a bursting run. He then nudged the ball on with the boot and some clever hands put Ntabeni Dukisa over. Masixole Banda converted to make it 7-3.

The Kings enjoyed a period of territory, stretching their lead with a further penalty from Banda before the Cheetahs scored their first try.

It came from flanker Paul Schoeman, who showed his power after a rolling maul to twist over. Marais converted to level the scores.

Banda responded with a second penalty to put the home side back in front but just before the half-hour Marais scored himself, ignoring an overlap out wide to slice through.

And right on the stroke of half-time they moved into a commanding lead with a dominant scrum that allowed Uzair Cassiem to cross for the third Cheetahs try. Marais converted to make it 22-13 at the break.

The Kings needed to start the second period quickly and that is exactly what they did as Harlon Klaasen ran a great line to round Venter and dot down three minutes into the half.

Leading by just two, the Cheetahs fought back once again, and after taking a quick tap 15 metres out, Clayton Blommetjies broke through before a delightful offload to Venter for the fourth try.

That wrapped up the bonus point and clinched a spot in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series.

The excitement continued as the Kings pushed for a third try and a losing bonus point, while the Cheetahs almost ran in a fifth in the final minutes but in the end they had to settle for the maximum points.

Guinness PRO14 Final 2018 Ticket Information: Prices start at just €50 at www.ticketmaster.ie with tickets available to suit every experience.
To book hospitality visit: https://www.pro14rugby.org/hospitality
For Travel packages visit: https://www.pro14rugby.org/travel-packages
For Fanzone & Dublin 7s visithttp://www.dublin7sfestival.ie

 

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