Cheetahs come out on top in PRO14 derby try-fest
Cape Town - The Cheetahs picked up a bonus point win as the beat the Southern Kings in their PRO14 encounter at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The Cheetahs won 40-36, after leading 19-10 at half-time.
Prior to kick-off, a late change was made to the Cheetahs' starting XV with Ox Nche out, as Charles Marais started at loosehead and Erich de Jager was called up on the bench.
The home side scored six tries through skipper Shaun Venter, Tian Schoeman, William Small-Smith, Malcolm Jaer, Junior Pokomela and Luan de Bruin.
Flyhalf Schoeman, who was awarded man of the match, was in solid form with the boot too as he landed five conversions.
Meanwhile for Deon Davids' side, the Kings replied with five tries through CJ Velleman, Yaw Penxe, Tienie Burger, Alandre van Rooyen and Berton Klaasen.
Masixole Banda slotted four conversions and a penalty, but it wasn't enough to ensure back-to-back wins for the Port-Elizabeth side.
The Cheetahs picked up a bonus point win that could take them closer to the playoff positions.
Tries: Shaun Venter, Tian Schoeman, William Small-Smith, Malcolm Jaer, Junior Pokomela, Luan de Bruin
Conversions: Schoeman (5)
Tries: CJ Velleman, Yaw Penxe, Tienie Burger, Alandre van Rooyen, Berton Klaasen
Conversions: Masixole Banda (4)
15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Nico Lee, 11 Rabs Maxwane, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Shaun Venter (captain), 8 Gerhard Olivier, 7 Junior Pokomela 6 Abongile Nonkontwana, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Charles Marais
Substitutes: 16 Reinach Venter, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Niell Jordaan, 22 Rudy Paige, 23 Ernst Stapelberg
15 Masixole Banda, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Meli Rokoua 12 Tertius Kruger, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Ntabeni Dukisa, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Tienie Burger, 6 Cyril-John Velleman, 5 JC Astle (captain), 4 Andries van Schalkwyk, 3 Luvuyo Pupuma, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16 Alandre van Rooyen, 17 Alulutho Tshakweni, 18 De-Jay Terblanche, 19 Stephan Greeff, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Bader Pretorius, 23 Berton Klaasen