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    Penalty goals: Francis (3), Francis (3),
    Conversions: Francis, Francis,
26 - 12

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Cheetahs v Kings - Live

Last updated: 27th April 2013  

80 Brussow stabs the ball he stole upfield for Rhule to chase, but the flank overcooked his kick and the pigskin rolls into touch. The ref blows for full-time, and the Kings will leave Bloem with their heads held high after denying the high-flying Cheetahs the all-important bonus point.

79 Steve Sykes is denied a try after getting shunted backwards in a tackle, but Watson picks up the loose ball and has a go himself. Turnover!

76 The Cheetahs now forced to defend their tryline as the Kings look for a consolation try with time ticking away.

73 The home crowd getting frustrated with their team who are still one try short of the bonus point. Ryno Benjamin comes on for Le Roux - strange decision that by coach Naka Drotske... Le Roux was playing pretty well. But maybe fresh legs is what the Cheetahs need...

71 Elgar Watts is on for Francis. And the replacement pivot is full of running as he makes a snipe towards the Kings' line, before getting hauled down in a desperate tackle by Watson. Was it high? No, the ref waves play on but the Cheetahs win a free kick after the ball failed to come out of the ruck...

69 Play taking place just outside the Cheetahs' 22 now. The Kings, just like the opening forty, haven't come close to threatening the Cheetahs' tryline in the second half. The ball is turned over, Rhule tries to make something out of nothing but gets thumped into touch.

Penalty PENALTY, CHEETAHS. Surprisingly, Cheetahs skipper Adriaan Strauss throws the ball to Francis who bangs over another three-pointer. The hosts making sure of the win before their bye... 26-12!

65 The Cheetahs push the Kings pack back, but replacement scrum-half Sarel Pretorius' pass to Francis is a bad one. Robert Ebersohn cleans it up, but gets swamped. Luckily for him, the Kings were offsides...

64 The TMO says 'no try', Viljoen held up. So the Cheetahs will have an attacking 5m scrum.

63 The Cheetahs hunting their fourth try. Coenie Oosthuizen powers forward and now Viljoen takes it over the line but the Kings look to have held him up... we're going upstairs.

60 The crowd boo as Luke Watson makes his way on to the pitch... poor guy.

Penalty PENALTY, CHEETAHS. The hosts do exactly that, and Francis slots over an easy three points. 23-12

57 The Kings forced to defend their tryline after first Le Roux has a go and then Landman - but both are held up short. The ref awards a penalty to the Cheetahs though ... and they may just go for posts here.

Penalty PENALTY, KINGS. Catrakilis adds to his 100% record, and keeps his team in touch of their hosts with penalty number four. 20-12!

54 Landman taps it down for Van Zyl - he's played well tonight - and the number nine gets the Cheetahs backline moving. Sadie is held up in midfield and the Kings win a penalty after the Cheetahs are pinged for entering the ruck from the side.

52 Catrakilis just manages to get his clearance kick away with Rhule breathing down his neck. So the Cheetahs will have the line-out just outside the Kings' 22.

50 Now the Kings make some changes - off comes Kevin Buys and Bernado... and on goes Virgile Lacombe and David Bulbring while Luke Watson continues to warm the bench.

48 Le Roux threatens once again with ball in hand, but his pass to the supporting Johann Sadie is forward which lets the Kings off the hook.

47 Another change for the Cheetahs now - prop Trevor Nyakane comes on for Lourens Adriaanse.

46 Francis is unable to add the extras, but the Cheetahs lead 20-9

TRY TRY, CHEETAHS. Rhule does all the hard work and nearly bags his second, but is held up inches short. After three more phases, Van Zyl snipes around the ruck and links up with Willie le Roux who powers over!

44 The physical battle claims another victim as lock Lood de Jager makes his way off the field and he'll be replaced by the big Rynhard Landman.

42 He's met by a black wall of defenders, but there's a small knock-on by a Steve Sykes as he tried to rip the ball away so the Cheetahs will have the put-in at the scrum.

Second Half Welcome back! Francis gets the second forty going and once again it's a deep kick-off, taken in by Shaun Venter. The scrum-half passes to Catrakilis who's kick for touch finds Daniller instead and the full-back decides to run it back...

40 Attacking line-out for the Kings, who win the ball back off their throw-in and get the drive on, The Cheetahs put on the brakes though, and shove their visitors into touch which brings up the half-time whistle. The Cheetahs in front, but the Kings not far behind. See you in a few!

37 Now Labuschagne makes his way off the field, replaced by Frans Viljoen. The Kings backs stretch their legs, and give the ball some air as Ronnie Cooke races 15m before putting Siyanda Grey into space. The winger is quickly shut down though, but wins the line-out for his team after his attempted offload is knocked into touch by a Cheetah.

Penalty PENALTY, KINGS. The visitors not letting the Cheetahs run away with this one, as the forwards once again make good ground. Brussow concedes a penalty for not rolling away. Up steps Catrakilis, and that's another three-pointer in the bag for the Kings pivot. 15-9!

Conversion CONVERSION, CHEETAHS. Francis raises the flags from far out and the Cheetahs lead 15-6

TRY TRY, CHEETAHS. Van Zyl picks up a loose ball and puts the Kings on the backfoot, as he steps in and out of two would-be defenders before passing inside to Labuschagne who dives over for the try! He's stayed down though, so the celebrations are put on hold on...

Penalty PENALTY, KINGS. Former Cheetahs centre Andries Strauss breaks the advantage line once again for the Kings. They have good momentum inside Cheetahs' 22 and the Cheetahs stray offside. Catrakilis makes the most of his opportunity at goal and kicks the easy penalty. 8-6!

28 Potential blow for the Cheetahs now as Labuschagne stays down after twisting his elbow in a tackle. Ouch! But he's going to carry on.

26 The Kings pack puts in a huge shove and win a penalty for their efforts - wow, that's a wake-up call for the Cheetahs as the opposition forwards give high fives all round.

24 Finally, the tournament newbies get their hands in the ball. But can you believe it, they kick is away! Rhule is underneath it, but gets taken out in the air. So the ref goes all the way back from where the ball was kicked and gives the Cheetahs a free kick. They opt for the scrum.

21 The Kings being starved of possession, but they dig their heels in on defence and save a break-out from that man Rhule after the winger was put into space from a two-man overlap.

19 Lappies Labuschagne takes at the back of the line-out for the Cheetahs and powers forward. He's been a revelation for the Cheetahs this season. Phillip van der Walt takes the pop pass and brushes aside two more defenders before hitting the deck.

17 Francis with a chip over the top, but Cornell du Preez takes it in and gets plenty if support from his fellow forwards. The ref shouts "Use it!", and Shaun Venter feeds his backs. Robert Ebersohn looked offside, but play continues as Ronnie Cooke puts his head down and runs into traffic. Michael Killian gets his first touch, but is dragged into touch.

Penalty PENALTY, CHEETAHS. Francis makes no mistake from bang in front. 8-3!

13 Scrum feed to the Cheetahs just inside the Kings' 22. Free kick to the home side. Piet van Zyl takes a quick tap and goes, but the visitors were offsides as Jacques Engelbrecht dumps the halfback. Penalty to the Cheetahs...

Penalty PENALTY, KINGS. Demetri Catrakilis makes no mistake! 5-3

9 The visitors work their way inside the Cheetahs' 22. Phillip van der Walt is pinged for not rolling away at the tackle, slowing down the ball. So a chanced for the Kings to get on the board.

7 Francis is unable to add the extras from far out though. 5-0

TRY TRY, CHEETAHS,. The TMO gives the green light - first blood to the Cheetahs. What a start!

5 Whitehead hoists up an up and under and gives chase. Hennie Daniller is underneath it, takes well and decides to run it back. The Kings forced to defend early on, as the full-back links with Raymond Rhule who turns on the gas and races 35m towards the tryline. He stretches out to score, and looks to have scored! But the ref is going upstairs...

3 Rynier Bernado leaps into the air and takes cleanly. Andries Strauss takes a crash ball in midfield, but the Cheetahs turn the ball over - take a bow Heinrich Brussow. Burton once again goes for territory, this time settting up a line-out on the Kings' 22.

1 And we're under way! George Whitehead kicks off for the Kings. Taken in by Francois Uys, and the ball is fired out to Burton Francis who puts in a monster punt for a line-out on half-way.

Team News The Cheetahs have kept the faith with their starting XV. The Kings, on the other hand, have made several changes - including the benching of skipper Luke Watson.

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