Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan looks on before the start of a PRO14 match. Photo: INPHO/James Crombie
Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan looks on before the start of a PRO14 match. Photo: INPHO/James Crombie
Southern Kings coach Deon David speaks agt a press conference in December. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix
Southern Kings coach Deon David speaks agt a press conference in December. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

PORT ELIZABETH - The Southern Kings and Cheetahs meet this weekend in the first of their back-to-back derbies in the PRO14.

The game takes place on Saturday at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, where the teams last met in July when they made their final appearances in Super Rugby.

After their loss in Italy to Benetton last weekend, the Cheetahs will be eager to get back to winning ways away from Bloemfontein as they seek to keep the pressure on Munster in Conference A in their bid to reach the play-offs in their first PRO14 campaign.

Cardiff and Connacht are also chasing the Cheetahs for a place in the knockout stage and, as well as Munster, all three teams still have to travel to South Africa to face Rory Duncan’s side.

Deon Davids’ Kings have won four bonus points to date and came close to breaking their win duck in narrow losses to Ulster and Scarlets.

The Kings have shown flashes of excitement and their first PRO14 derby and a return to home soil should provide plenty of motivation.

The two sides have never met in the competition, but in Super Rugby the Cheetahs have won all four previous fixtures between the two.

The Cheetahs' two previous victories in PE were 34-22 in May 2013 and 21-20 in July 2017.

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