The Cheetahs had to come from behind to earn a 36-21 victory over a spirited Southern Kings side at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Trailing 21-12 at half-time, the Cheetahs controlled most of the possession in the second half to whittle away at the Kings’ lead and to finally emerge winners in a hard-fought battle.
The home side, though, will be pleased with a brave effort. Even with the Kings down to 14 men when scrumhalf Jaco Grobler was yellow-carded, the Cheetahs could not find a way through some stout-hearted defence until finally wing Raymond Rhule barged over in the 66th minute to give the visitors the lead at 22-21.
The visitors, however, had the measure of the Kings pack in the driving maul and three times they were able to maul from line-outs close to the home line for Jean Cook (twice) and Boom Prinsloo to score tries.
The first half was well contested with the Kings showing some enterprising play among their backs to score three fine tries.
Centre Ronnie Cooke opened the scoring when he pounced on a Cheetahs midfield error to kick the ball through, gather and dive over.
The Cheetahs hit back from a penalty five metres from the Kings line when skipper Adriaan Strauss bashed his way through
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