The Toyota Cheetahs claimed their second victory in the Guinness PRO14 South African derby with a 45-0 defeat of the Isuzu Southern Kings in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The Cheetahs scored seven tries and by general consensus, including the view of coach Hawies Fourie, they could have scored more as they dominated the Eastern Cape from the outset and emphatically erased any memories of the negative aspects of their performance in the first round derby a week earlier.
Kings coach Robbi Kempson acknowledged afterwards that the Cheetahs are an extremely difficult side to play at home, which means that the Cheetahs will have an opportunity to get some momentum up when they play an extended run of matches at their home field in March.
Kempson was livid with some of the circumstances that led to his team’s late defeat the week before but this time he had no complaints and gave all the credit to the Cheetahs for the way they played.
“I suppose you could say we played off a scratch handicap and this week not,” he jested.
“The Cheetahs were just very good; you have to give them credit for the way they played. They hit us with wave after wave of attack, they were exceptional at the breakdown, and when they get that sort of momentum going, they are hard to stop.
“In some areas they are very strong. One of those is the driving maul. We earmarked that as an area to work on this week, but they still managed to get over the line. I think what happened was that we gave them a fright last week and then in the back end of that game we gave them some heart and today they came out and hit us with their big guns.”
TRIES: Joseph Dweba (2), Chris Massyn, Jasper Wiese, Clayton Blommetjies, Rhyno Smith, Louis Fouche.
CONVERSIONS: Ruan Pienaar (2), Tian Schoeman (1), Fouche (2)