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Cheetahs set for more warm-ups

2011-11-29 11:37

Cape Town - The Cheetahs have confirmed they will play three warm-up matches ahead of next year's Super Rugby tournament.

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Cheetahs Naka Drotské told the Volksblad newspaper they will play games against the Southern Kings, Bulls and Sharks before the Super Rugby season starts.

The Cheetahs started slowly in recent years after not playing warm-up games against any of the big unions. This year, their sole warm-up match was against the Kings, with the rest being mainly practice sessions against the Griffons and the Shimlas. They went on to lose their first four Super Rugby games against the Sharks, Bulls, Stormers and Lions.

Their clash against the Kings is on 28 January in Port Elizabeth, which has already confirmed by SARU. However, the games against the Bulls in Polokwane on February 3 and the Sharks in Durban on February 11 have only recently been negotiated.

And Drotské hopes a different preparation to the season will bring dividends.

"We played less practice matches in the past. There are obviously positives and negatives to play more.

"The negative is that players have a bigger chance to pick up injuries. The advantage is that you probably prepare better.

"We started slowly over the last two years and want to start 2012 better," said Drotské.

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