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First Division v Premier Division

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, EP Kings, Original Content, Reader Submissions on 23 Oct 2012 at 10:14
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On Friday night we saw the first of a two leg promotion / relegation game between 1st Division Champions EP Kings and bottom of the Premier Division log The Cheetahs in Bloem.

At no time during the 80min game did it look like the Cheetahs might struggle and they were just too strong for the Kings, outscoring them 8 tries to 2.

Even in the forward play where the Kings had given the opposition uphill in previous games they struggled and popped up under pressure at scrum time. We saw the same in their driving mauls where the Cheetahs easily kept the maul in the air and turned possession over.

On the few occasions when the Kings ran with the ball, they lost it in the tackle situation due to a lack of players competing at the ruck. The Cheetahs were just too quick with the turn over ball and scored a few tries from Kings attacking efforts. One of these came when Andries Strauss received the ball from Raymond Ruhle after he left Paul Perez grabbing at his ankles.

Final score Cheetahs 53 Kings 14.

Not only did we see the Cheetahs end the Kings 16 game unbeaten record, they also ended all hope for the Kings to turn it around in the second leg of the promotion / relegation game in Port Elizabeth this coming Friday night.

The Cheetahs not only ended the Kings hopes of playing in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup but we also witnessed the huge gap between 1st Division and Premier Division.

The Kings who dominated the 1st Division with 12 victories and 2 draws, managing to rack up 62 points from 14 games, looked out of their depth and a bit bewildered against a team that has been playing with the big boys for years. Even the Kings big names like Clint Newman, Jaco Engels, Michael Killian, Paul Perez and SP Marais struggled and looked out of sorts against the opposition.

Even though the Kings took a beating on Friday I do believe it will be a different story in PE this coming week. The Cheetahs showed the Kings what it means to play amongst the big boys, but I reckon they will be up for the challenge and to show the rugby public they have outgrown the 1st Division and given a bit of time they will be able to hold their own amongst the best in South African rugby.


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