BLOEMFONTEIN – The Cheetahs had to dig deep on Saturday before beating the Southern Kings 40-36 in a Pro14 rugby derby at Toyota Stadium.
The Port Elizabeth-based Kings opened the scoring when fullback Masixole Banda slotted home a penalty (3-0).
It did not take long for the Cheetahs to force their dominance and three tries were scored by the home side before the Kings could answer.
Scrumhalf Shaun Venter scored the first five-pointer, before flyhalf Tian Schoeman added another. Schoeman converted both tries (14-3). The Cheetahs continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded with yet another try, this time from rightwing William Small-Smith (19-3).
The Kings had centre Meli Rokoua yellow-carded in the first half.