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Friday 11th September 17:10 GMT

 

The Currie Cup has reached the halfway stage of the regular season, and the Eastern Province Kings, who host the Free State Cheetahs in Port Elizabeth on Friday, are still waiting to record their first victory of 2015. After signs of improvement in recent weeks, the Kings travelled to the table topping Lions last weekend, and found themselves out of the game at an early stage of the contest, trailing by 0-19 inside 13 minutes. In fairness, they didn't cave in completely and showed enough spirit to limit the final score to 21-37, and managed to score three tries.   

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The Cheetahs were beaten for the second time this season by the Blue Bulls last weekend, and slip to fifth position in the table. Including the losing bonus point they secured in Round 5 at the Bulls, they have 11 points to the credit, and are still within striking distance on the Sharks and Western Province.

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With the Sharks hosting Westerns on Saturday, a win against the hapless Eastern Province Kings, could see the Cheetahs end the Round 6 back in the play-off positions. The sides met just once in 2014, again in Port Elizabeth, with the visiting Cheetahs winning an open game by 37-22.

Posted: 20th September 2014

 

Things dont get any easier for the coach of rock bottom Eastern Province Kings Carlos Spencer who has been forced into a number of changes by injuries to his side, for the visit of the Free State Cheetahs to the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday for Currie Cup tournament. Centre Tim Whitehead picked up a calf strain during last week's 28-13 home defeat to the Blue Bulls, the knock on effect of which has been to cause a number of positional switches in the backline.

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Spencer has moved Ronnie Cooke from wing to outside centre, and brought Siyanda Grey back onto the wing, now that he has recovered from illness. Ntabeni Dukisa gets a start on the other wing, with Siviwe Soyizwapi coming in at fullback to replace Scott van Breda. With Van Breda out of the starting XV, the goal kicking will be done by fly half Gary van Aswegen.

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The match on Saturday is vital to the Cheetahs hopes of finishing in the top four of the table, and winning a play-off position. They are currently in fifth place, just two points behind the Natal Sharks, with whom they shared a thrilling 30-30 draw last week. Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan has named fullback Clayton Blommetjies and winger Raymond Rhule in the run on XV for the match, both having missed the Sharks game due to injury.


Tags: Currie Cup, Free State Cheetahs, Eastern Province Kings, Nelson Mandela Stadium, Ronnie Cooke, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Rory Duncan, Raymond Rhule
Posted: 11th September 2015


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