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Cheetahs won't get big heads

2011-05-16 22:09

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein - The Cheetahs' feet remain rooted to the ground after their brilliant Super Rugby victory over the Crusaders ... a possible place in the knockout phase of the Super Rugby tournament has not even been discussed in their camp.

The players told each other shortly after their 33-20 win not to get big heads about the victory.

Inspirational captain Adriaan Strauss said that the team would gain a lot of confidence from the victory, but the Cheetahs cannot relax for a moment.

The Bok hooker said they would not do the other South African teams any favours in the run-in.

Their last four games are against the Melbourne Rebels, the Bulls, Sharks and Stormers.

The first challenge is to continue the good form against the Rebels here on Saturday. The Cheetahs could set a new franchise record of four straight wins in Super Rugby. Last year they won three consecutive games.

There is also a possibility that the Cheetahs could improve their record for Super Rugby victories in a season. They have won four games and the record of five wins was posted in 2006 and 2010.

They could also make it to the play-offs if other results go their way. Four victories without bonus points, plus four log points for a bye, will see them finish on 49 points.

Strauss said that statistics and the play-offs are not the team's motivation.

"A possible top six finish is not dominating our discussions. We already spoke in the change room (after the win over the Crusaders) about not getting ahead of ourselves. It may sound like a cliché, but we need to keep doing what we are doing well," he said.

"The guys are beginning to realise that you have to be switched on every week. They have matured this year and their feet remain rooted to the ground after the win over the Crusaders."
 

Sport24

Comments
  • Mr Dinkelmann - 2011-05-17 01:38

    VRYSTAAT.......!!!!! vat hom vlaffie.

  • isak.dippenaar - 2011-05-17 07:08

    die vraag is kan die Cheetahs die naweek wen. Die Stormers het die Saders seergemaak. Hulle was lam. daarom het die Cheetahs daardie stukkie beter gelyk en gewees op die aand. Die Rebels mag ook gewen word. Hulle is te op en af per week en selfs in enige wedstryd. Hulle het egter te maklik opgegee teen die Bulls. Hulle het hulle self gespaar. Maar as die Sharks die Bulls seermaak dan het die Cheetahs daar weer n baie goeie kans. Ek sit eerder my stem vir die Cheetahs om die Bulls te wen as om die Rebels te wen

      DikWielFiets - 2011-05-17 07:28

      Stem nie saam nie Isak - die Saders het die Stormers ore aangesit. McCaw en Carter het ook nie gespeel nie. Alle spanne speel week in en week uit, so ek dink nie noodwendig daar word "sag" gemaak nie. Wat die hulle wel geleer het was om hoe om vir SBW geen beweegruimte te gee nie. All in all, net die tipe performance wat mens gehoop het die Cheetahs in staat toe was. Nog steeds 'n wonderlike oorwinning gewees!

      ARRA - 2011-05-17 07:45

      Die antwoord is Isak -die Stormers het seer gekry teen die Crusaders -seker hoekom die Chiefs hulle ore aangesit het,miskien was die Stormers lam in die tweede helfte van hulle game,nee ek dink net dat die Cheetahs eerder wou wen as wat die Crusaders wou siende dat hulle nie hoog geag word op die log nie

      Wilhelm - 2011-05-17 10:23

      As jy wil redeneer dat die Stormers die Crusaders sag gemaak het moet jy seker ook se dat die Leeus die Cheetahs sag gemaak het en die Reds die Rebels sodat die Bulls oor hulle kon hol?

  • Makutu - 2011-05-17 09:07

    Quality side indeed. I've always wondered why they did so well in the Currie Cup but that Currie Cup form never went to Super rugby form. Goodluck Cheetahs!

  • leander09 - 2011-05-17 12:01

    Hoekom sal hulle enigesins grootkop kry. DInk nie as jy 40% van jou games wen jy kan grootkop kry nie!

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