Tuesday 17 October 2017

South African teams will clearly add real excitement to PRO14

Ulster didn’t look comfortable in the first half against Cheetahs in Round 1 and were it not for a yellow card they might not have pulled away coming up to half-time. (Stock image)
Ulster didn’t look comfortable in the first half against Cheetahs in Round 1 and were it not for a yellow card they might not have pulled away coming up to half-time. (Stock image)
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Cheetahs and Southern Kings may have suffered two thumping defeats last weekend but right from the off it's evident that they will add plenty to the PRO14.

Everyone queried the experiment when it was first announced that two southern hemisphere sides would be plying their trade in the league this season, but when they have had time to bed down I'm sure they will create plenty of shocks.

Ulster didn't look comfortable in the first half against Cheetahs in Round 1 and were it not for a yellow card they might not have pulled away coming up to half-time.

Cheetahs also scored three tries completely off the cuff and that's the brand of rugby both teams will look to play.

Southern Kings were only 15-10 down at Parc y Scarlets at half-time with the hosts finally running out big winners, but both teams need time to get used to the new brand of rugby.

It's exciting to see the two hemispheres colliding and all credit to the PRO14 for coming up with the plan, and with the two conferences it looks like it could be a very interesting 2017-18.

This weekend could be another tough one for the South African teams against Munster and Connacht respectively, but when the return fixtures come, and they are back at home in South Africa, the results might take on a different look.

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