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Cheetahs rally to sink Kings

14 July 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 14/07/17 9:39pm

The Cheetahs beat the Kings in the final Super Rugby game for both sides

The Cheetahs beat the Kings in the final Super Rugby game for both sides

Replacement fly-half Niel Marais slotted a penalty six minutes from time as the Cheetahs rallied late to snatch a 21-20 victory from the Kings, in the final Super Rugby match of the year for both South African sides as they exit the competition.

The fixture was billed as an emotional farewell for the duo, but far from being played in a sombre atmosphere, there was a festival feel to a game played in front of a sizeable crowd at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Tries from wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Wandie Mjekevu, to go with a score for giant lock Lubabalo Mtyanda, had the Kings in control as they led 20-6 with 12 minutes remaining.

But two tries in quick succession from centre Clinton Swart and winger Raymond Rhule brought the Cheetahs to within two points of their opponents, before Marais’ late penalty edged them in front.


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