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Cardiff smash the Kings
Brenden Nel
supersport.com
April 14, 2018

The Cardiff Blues kept their slim Guinness Pro14 playoff hopes alive with a 45-12 victory over the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday night.

The Blues need every point they can get, and took the five points on offer, but will still need more than just results as the Toyota Cheetahs need just one point from their last game against the Kings to secure their spot in the playoffs and deny the Welsh side.

Still, a first-half blitz to go into the break at 33-0 up set the platform for the big win, as the Kings continued to be the whipping boys of the competition, despite two late tries to let the scoreline look more respectable.

This was a typical game between one side motivated for the playoffs and the other with nothing other than pride to play for. The Kings were hopelessly outclassed and their defence creaked at times, allowing the Blues' forwards way too much momentum and a way to dominate the game.

Alex Cuthbert scored in the first minute for the visitors, setting the tone for their victory and reminding the Kings that their bravado would mean little on the evening.

Seb Davies added a second try five minutes later to take the Blues into double figures before the Kings were able to beat a man in anger, and were further in trouble when Josh Turnbull drove over from close range in the 24th minute.

Willis Halaholo grabbed his try with a powerful run just after the half hour mark before Schalk Ferreira was yellow carded for dropping a maul and the Kings immediately punished thereafter when the ensuing lineout drive was sent over the line with hooker Kirby Myhill taking credit for the score.

The 33-0 scoreline at the break quickly turned into a 40-0 scoreline two minutes after the halftime as Jarrod Evans stabbed through a grubber for Blaine Scully to finish with a smile.

The Kings finally got onto the board in the 47th minute after flyhalf Ntabeni Dukisa broke through after a brilliant individual run to score the try.

Myhill scored a second 10 minutes later with another lineout drive before the droves of substitutes started coming on, a factor that brought the Kings back into the game.

Lindokuhle Welemu broke down the touchline to put the Kings into double figures with 12 minutes to go. And as the clock ticked down it was the Kings that looked like they were getting stronger.

But while they had the majority of the ball in the last few minutes, they couldn’t add to their scoreline and were more than happy when the referee blew the whistle for the end of the game.

Scorers

Southern Kings – tries: Ntabeni Dukisa, Lindokuhle Welemu. Conversion: Masixole Banda.

Cardiff Blues – tries: Alex Cuthbert, Seb Davies, Josh Turnbull, Willis Halaholo, Kirby Myhill (2), Blaine Scully. Conversions: Jarrod Evans (5).

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