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Southern Kings v Cheetahs Super Rugby Preview

Coenie Oosthuizen powers through a tackle in Bloemfontein

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Article Published: Thursday 23 May 2013|

The Southern Kings and the Cheetahs have already played each other once in Super Rugby and that match was won by the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs won the match 26-12 in Bloemfontein but they did have home advantage in the match and this weekend the Kings will have home advantage.

The Southern Kings victory over the Highlanders two weeks ago has already made them the successful Super Rugby debutant since the the inception of the professional competition in 1996.

The Kings have already won three matches and are on 24 log points - the same amount of victories the Rebels had in 2011, but already with four more log points.

In 1998, when South Africa went over to the franchise system, the Cats won two and lost nine matches for 15 log points.

And the Force, who joined the Super Rugby fray in 2006, won one, drew two and lost 10 matches for a total of 12 points.

In 1996, by the way, the bottom-finishing Crusaders won only two matches, drew one and lost eight to finish on 12 points. They went on to win the competition seven times.

The Cheetahs will be aiming for only their seventh away win in their 21st local derby. Earlier this season they beat The Sharks in Durban and if they can win in Port Elizabeth, it will be the first time since 2006 that they have won away from Bloemfontein twice in one season against a fellow South African franchise.

"We see this as a real opportunity, bearing in mind that the Cheetahs are a side that are lying second in the South African conference at the moment and challenging very strongly for a playoff position," said the Kings' Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons.

"I think the important thing is that when you play against a team like the Cheetahs you have to cut your error rate. They will capitalise on the mistakes that you make, so they are certainly a side you have to be careful about and cut your errors.

Solomons added it was also important to remain "defensively sharp" against the Cheetahs, who can score tries from anywhere on the field.

"They're a side that likes to play a tempo game and move the ball about, so I think you have to have your wits about you defensively when you play against them," said Solomons.

The Bookies have given the Kings a 9 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Cheetahs beat the Reds last weekend and are having their best season yet. The Cheetahs should win by 7+.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD.

Average score: Kings 12 Cheetahs 26

Last result
27 Apr 2013 Kings v Cheetahs 12-26 Bloemfontein

Kings overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 1,Wins 0,Losses 1,Draws 0

Match No.93.: Kings v Cheetahs
Date : Saturday 25 May
Venue : Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick Off local: 15:00
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Sindile Mayende
Assistant Ref 2:Christie du Preez
TMO : Johann Meuwesen


Southern Kings:

SP Marais, Marcello Sampson, Ronnie Cooke, Andries Strauss (vice-captain), Siyanda Grey, Demetri Catrakilis, Shaun Venter, Schalk Ferreira, Bandise Maku, Kevin Buys, Wimpie van der Walt, Steven Sykes, David Bulbring, Luke Watson (captain), Cornell du Preez.

Replacements: Virgile Lacombe, Grant Kemp, Rynier Bernardo, Jacques Engelbrecht, Nicolas Vergallo, Shane Gates, George Whitehead.


Coenie Oosthuisen ,Adriaan Strauss (captain),Lourens Adriaanse, Lodewyk de Jager,Francois Uys,Heinrich Brussow, Lappies Labushagne, Phillip van der Walt,Piet van Zyl, Elgar Watts,Willie le Rou, Robert Ebersohn,Johan Sadie, Ryno Benjamin, Hennie Daniller

Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Trevor Nyakane, Landman Ligtoring,Boom Prinsloo, Sarel Pretorius,Riaan Smit,Raymond Rhule

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