Cheetahs keep their play off dreams alive

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Cheetahs, EP Kings, Original Content, Super Rugby on 27 May 2013 at 08:58
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The Southern Kings and Vodacom Cheetahs met in Port Elizabeth in front of an average 22 026 spectators for their return match after the Cheetahs won the first one comfortable in Bloemfontein a few weeks earlier. The game started very slowly with both teams testing each other’s defence, with the Cheetahs doing more of the attacking. The Kings did more with their points scoring opportunities and were leading up until the final minute of the first half.

The Kings scored the first points of the game through a Demetri Catrakilis penalty. The Cheetahs looked good with ball in hand and managed to get in the Kings 22. Kings were penalised for going off their feet and Elgar Watts leveled the scores.

SP Marais had an opportunity to take the lead but was unable to convert from 50 meters out. Catrakilis kicked another Kings penalty to give the Kings a 3 point lead. Cheetahs came close to scoring their first try in the 17th minute but some solid Kings defense forced the Cheetahs to spill the ball on the Kings tryline. Catrakilis kicked another Kings penalty in the 25th minute to stretch the lead to 9 – 3.

Catrakilis and Watts exchanged two more penalty kicks but the Cheetahs grew with confidence as half time approached. Cheetahs managed to score the first try of the game when Willie le Roux ran through a gap in the Kings defense, he off loaded to Johann Sadie who scored the Cheetahs first try. Cheetahs went into the halftime break leading 13 – 12.

Catrakilis kicked the first points for the Kings 47 minutes into the second half, taking back a 15 – 13 lead. After some more constructive play from the Cheetahs they were awarded a penalty. Adrian Strauss opted for the line out and after some good driving play Piet van Zyl took a sneaky dart at the try line to score his team’s second try.

After more pressure from the Cheetahs Johan Sadie scored his second try followed by le Roux’s bonus point try in the 62nd minute. The Kings had however the last say after they pilled on the pressure in the closing minutes, a little bit too late to really do anything about their position on the over all log, when Argentinian scrumhalf Nicolas Vergallo scored his teams first try. Final score being 34 – 22 in favour of the Cheetahs.

The Kings looked good in the first half staying in the game by taking kicks where possible, but showed very little on attack apart from two good runs by Siyanda Grey. The Cheetahs probably got the better of the Kings when a lack of concentration midway through the second half allowed them to score 3 tries. Credit must go to the Cheetahs, they managed to get the 4 tries and keep their play off dreams alive.

Southern Kings – Try: Nicolas Vergallo. Conversion: George Whitehead. Penalties: Demetri Catrakilis (5).
Toyota Cheetahs – Tries: Johann Sadie (2), Piet van Zyl, Willie le Roux. Conversions: Elgar Watts (4). Penalties: Elgar Watts (2).


  • Was hoping the Sharks could spoil the Bulls party, and they did try. Cheetahs can beat the Bulls in Bloemfontein, and I think they will.

    Of course the Cheetahs bashers like Clayton and Pierre Mackie will still be in hiding, and will probably back the Bulls.

    Gooooooooo Cheeeetahs!

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.05.13 09:15:28 by KingCheetah Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 1) : Yeah – if the Bulls played like they did against the Sharks the Cheetahs will nail them. The Bulls did not really dominate the match as I expected them to.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.05.13 09:21:20 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 1) : If the Cheetahs can match the Shark’s defensive display (apart from defending the mauls), try and limit the lineouts in the game, they could take the Bulls since at least they have a clue how to attack.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.05.13 09:29:56 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 1) : hahaha, you clearly don’t know me, wasn’t bashing the Cheetahs was just backing the Kings, and fyi I support any team playing the Bulls 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.05.13 10:09:27 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 1) :

    I agree, the Sharks let the Cheetahs down big time!

    Just about all the other results favoured the Cheetahs.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.05.13 10:13:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 4) : Just stirring lol

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.05.13 10:54:06 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Now that the Sharks are out, I hope the Cheetahs win 😀

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.05.13 14:47:29 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • The Cheetahs got a real chance to beat the Bulls. Cheetah scrum is equal to the Sharks and their line-out is way beter than the Sharks they could even put huge presure on Bulls line-out. I also think the Cheetahs backs are beter than the Sharks on attack, they must just work on defence, with Jan and JJ as centres the Bulls can dominate the midfield.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.05.13 18:53:49 by JD Reply
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  • Only now saw some highlights of the Cheetahs-Kings game and really sorry I missed it. The difference in approach between the Sharks 2013 and Cheetahs is highlighted so well in both teams’ game in PE. The Sharks attacked for 25 minutes and could not break down the Kings defense, then gave up on attack and proceeded to kick everything. The Cheetahs just kept plugging away for 38 minutes until they scored a try – after that it was game over.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.05.13 19:48:55 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Bokhoring tell me except for the Rebels which defense could the Sharks of 2013 break down?

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.05.13 20:50:45 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) : The Cheetahs struggled to break down the Kings defense too – they just kept at it and eventually the wall came down.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.05.13 07:55:21 by Bokhoring Reply

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