Cheetahs confident ahead of Bulls duel
Bloemfontein - Cheetahs fullback Willie le
Roux says his team-mates are in a positive mood ahead of their Super Rugby
derby against the Bulls here on Saturday.
The Cheetahs have a disappointing Super
Rugby record against the Bulls.
Since 2006, the Cheetahs have only won one
out of 13 games against the Bulls, which was a 15-9 win in Bloemfontein last
year. However, the Free State franchise will go into this season’s derby in
The Cheetahs have won both their matches
after the opening three rounds in 2015, beating the Sharks 35-29 in Durban and
the Blues 25-24 in Bloemfontein.
Le Roux said their performances have been
“(sic) A few areas we worked hard on during
the pre-season is our defence and kicking game. The improvements in those areas
have really made for us this season,” Le Roux told MyPlayers.co.za.
“Our attack has always been good… the
Cheetahs love attacking rugby, so with the step-up in our defence and kicking
game, we have a more balanced game plan on the field.
“We are now winning those close games we’d
usually end up losing. So the guys are growing in confidence, which is
important going into our match against the Bulls this weekend.”
Le Roux believes the Cheetahs can improve
their Super Rugby record against the Bulls with consistency.
“If we continue improving as a team and
build on our current momentum, we will definitely put up a big challenge. We’re
definitely going for the win this weekend,” said Le Roux.
“South African Super Rugby derbies are
always tough and physical, but if we stick to our structures, we will put
ourselves in a strong position.”
Kick-off for Saturday's clash at the Free State Stadium is scheduled for 17:05.
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