Round five of the 2019/2020 PRO14 season was a complete disaster for South African rugby fans. It began last Friday night when Southern Kings were utterly destroyed by a rampaging Glasgow Warriors outfit. We didn’t watch the game and, when we saw the final score (52-0), decided to keep it that way.
For the home side, the eight-try demolition of the Kings was a welcome return to form after a forgettable opening four fixtures this season, which featured only one win. Meanwhile, the visitors dysmal season continued as they slumped to their fifth defeat on the trot (subscription required). That wooden spoon looks almost certain to remain in the empty trophy cabinet in Port Elizabeth come end of the season.
Last Saturday afternoon, Cheetahs managed to take the gloss off the superb Springbok win in the World Cup with a dispirited performance in Llanelli against Scarlets. It has to be said that the conditions were atrocious at a rain-soaked Parc y Scarlets.
But that’s par for the course when playing rugby in Wales at this time of year and it’s not as if Cheetahs haven’t been there before. The Free State side just failed to get into a rhythm and managed to butcher several chances that could have allowed them to take another win.
The final score of 17-13 meant that Cheetahs managed to at least take a losing bonus point from the encounter but the result dropped them to third on the Conference A table, trailing Leinster and Ulster. The Bloemfontein side will be hoping for better conditions in Cardiff tomorrow when they run out against the Blues.