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Southern Kings to play first Pro14 game against current champs Scarlets

By Marc Jacobson - Aug 5, 2017
Southern Kings to play first Pro14 game against current champs Scarlets

With the first three rounds of fixtures for the Guinness Pro14 released, both the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs will start their lengthy 21-match campaign up north in Wales and Ireland respectively.

On the first weekend of 1-2 September, the Kings will play 2016 Pro12 champions, Scarlets, at the Parc y Scarlets Stadium in Llanelli, Wales.

The Scarlets thumped Irish giants Munster 46-22 in last year’s final, so the Kings will have the initial opportunity to make a telling statement in their first weekend out in the heartlands of Wales.

The Cheetahs will take on Ireland’s Ulster on the same weekend at the Kingspan Stadium. Ulster just missed out on a semi-final spot last year, after having ended fifth on the overall standings with 14 wins out of 22.

In round two (8-9 Sept.), the Kings will then take to Ireland’s shores to face Connacht at the Galway Sportsgrounds, while the Cheetahs will be in action against Munster at Thomond Park.

Both South African sides will be heading home for round three (15-16 Sept.), where the Kings will take on other Irish mammoths, Leinster, at the NMB Stadium. Leinster finished second on the over standings in 2016, but their journey was halted with a 27-15 loss to Scarlets in the semis.

The Cheetahs will face Italian minnows, Zebre, in Bloemfontein on the same weekend, in what should be a certain victory. The embattled Zebre ended last on the overall log last year with just three wins out of 22.

Full first three round fixtures:

1-2 September
Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh
Connacht vs Glasgow
Dragons vs Leinster
Munster vs Treviso
Ospreys vs Zebre
Scarlets vs Kings
Ulster vs Cheetahs

8-9 September
Connacht vs Kings
Edinburgh vs Dragons
Glasgow vs Ospreys
Leinster vs Cardiff Blues
Munster vs Cheetahs
Treviso vs Ulster
Zebre vs Scarlets

15-16 September 
Cardiff Blues vs Glasgow
Dragons vs Connacht
Edinburgh vs Treviso
Ospreys vs Munster
Kings vs Leinster
Cheetahs vs Zebre
Ulster vs Scarlets