Vodacom Super 14

Cheetahs face uphill battle

2010-03-29 07:38
Naka Drotské (Gallo)
Johann de Jager

Bloemfontein – The Cheetahs may have been depleted by injuries, but coach Naka Drotské is still determined that they achieve their main goal of winning overseas for the first time.

Drotské warned that the Cheetahs are usually at their most dangerous in their first tour game, which is against the Waratahs on Saturday.

After that they play the Brumbies before crossing the Tasman Sea to New Zealand for games against the Crusaders and Chiefs.

The Cheetahs are facing an uphill struggle without a number of their stars.

Drotské said that they don’t have the depth of other teams.

Loose forwards Heinrich Brüssow (knee) and Frans Viljoen (cheekbone), lock David de Villiers (shoulder) and wing Lionel Mapoe (shoulder) all have serious injuries, while the Cheetahs are also departing without captain Juan Smith.

Smith withdrew shortly before Friday’s match against the Reds to visit his father, who was in critical condition in hospital.

Drotské confirmed that Smith would not play against the Waratahs this week and that he may join the side for the match against the Brumbies.

It appears as if the Waratahs will also have to make do without captain Phil Waugh.

He injured a leg in the win over the Blues and will have a scan on Monday.

“It will help if he does not play as he is a world class player,” said Drotské.

The Cheetahs only managed two wins in their first six games in South Africa and will now throw everything at achieving their first win overseas.

“We have come very close in the past, but have never managed a win and it will be our goal,” said Drotské.

“It’s a dangerous game to tell players that we are targeting this or that game because then they may have the approach that we don’t have to win the others. We will take things week by week.

“The first game on tour has always been the best for us and the one that we have come closest to winning. It’s important therefore that we start the tour well against the Waratahs.”

Fullback Hennie Daniller and wing Jongi Nokwe are available again after recovering from injuries.

Bjorn Basson shone against the Reds in Nokwe’s absence, but was not on the plane on Sunday.

Drotské said that he had been picked in the touring squad, but due to personal reasons decided to stay at home.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Africa: Land of Billionaires!

Find out who are the richest of the richest in Africa!

 
 

Men24.com

Best bro movies 2014
Every man should be able to do these three things
Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!
Hottie of the day: Jesselyn
 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

If Super14 champs, the Bulls, had to take on Heineken Cup champs, Toulouse, at a neutral venue, which side would win?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.