Naka: Don't expect any favours

2011-06-02 16:10

Johannesburg - The Cheetahs are undeterred after the Bulls brought their four-match winning streak to an end in last weekend's Super Rugby clash in Pretoria.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said on Thursday his team are not in the business of handing out favours.

With this, he sent out a warning to the Sharks who need a win against the Cheetahs to keep their hopes alive of reaching the Super Rugby quarterfinals.

"We want to win every single game and are not looking any further than this weekend's game against the Sharks," said Drotské.

The Cheetahs' impressive four-week run gave the team a glimmer of hope in reaching the next round of the competition until their dreams were shattered by a clinical Bulls' outfit which stormed to a 32-21 win against them.

The Cheetahs could, nonetheless, still achieve their most successful season in their Super Rugby history.

They are stacking the records and, with five wins so far in the bag, they are on a par with their 2006 and 2010 achievements.

Their four-match winning streak is also the most number of victories they have ever managed on the trot.

Drotské, however, still lamented the games which slipped through their fingers earlier in the season, and could have made 2011 an historical year for the Bloemfontein side.

He conceded that the Bulls outsmarted his team at the line-outs where the Cheetahs had suffered a string of injuries in the number five position.

"They put us under pressure at the line-outs but everyone targets each other at the set phases and so do we," he said.

"We have some plans up our sleeve to counter the Sharks at the line-outs."

Meanwhile, the Cheetahs' injury woes continued this week with flanker Kabamba Floors suffering a major knee injury.

The coach said he expected Floors' injury could keep the fleet-footed flanker out for the rest of the year.

Floors joins an increasing list of injured Cheetahs players who include Wilhelm Steenkamp (knee), Philip van der Walt (knee), Andries Strauss (groin), Waltie Vermeulen (concussion) and Heinrich Brussow (hamstring).

The Cheetahs have lost three locks and six loose forwards to injury so far this year.

Drotské said the loss of Jean Deysel due to a suspension was a bad blow for the Sharks but they still have to keep an eye on the coastal team's athletic forwards.

"We will have to ensure that we keep the likes of Bismarck du Plessis and Willem Alberts behind the gain line," he said.


  • kosie - 2011-06-02 16:14

    come on sharks we need to win this.

      Joe_Massahar - 2011-06-02 17:04

      I don’t know why Naka is so unpatriotic. Come on, give the Sharkies a few log points dammit!!

      RugbyMentor - 2011-06-02 19:03

      Sharks wont make it!!!

  • René Müller - 2011-06-02 16:26

    I'm not a fan of their coach but the Cheetahs are always good for an upset!! Good team nonetheless!! However I doubt the Sharks will take them lightly! Since the Cheetahs are no longer in contention, I hope the Sharks win to keep their hopes alive! Interesting times!!

  • Superdude - 2011-06-02 16:32

    I wouldnt expect any favours from the Cheetahs, they have been screwing SA teams for years in this competition, and this is exactly the point regarding the new format, SA teams will screw each other while Australian teams have a walk in the park league. SA rugby grow a backbone, stand up to ZANZAR, they need us more than we need them, we have bigger turnouts and greater following...We have all the cards, yet we give them over to ZANZAR like a game of go fish...

  • silverflash - 2011-06-02 16:32

    lol u would have though that a cheetah can play mind games

  • Samaya - 2011-06-02 16:51

    Die Sharks kan maar hulle vakansies reel. Hulle gaan nie uitspeel plek he nie.

  • Lloyd - 2011-06-02 16:51

    Has De Wet Ras recovered from his hip replacement injury?

      Frikkie - 2011-06-02 18:20

      Lloyd kan ons nie aanbeweeg nie? dis nou al 17 jaar? Hoekom moet ons nog oor Ras praat?

      Lloyd - 2011-06-02 20:54

      Jammer Frik, ek hoop nie ek het iemand offend nie.

  • IQ - 2011-06-02 16:54

    Naka does not

  • TrippiZee - 2011-06-02 16:54

    Thats what I'd like to hear, come on Cheetas, do the Bulls a favour and beat the Sharks and Stormers!

      Carl Muller - 2011-06-02 17:51

      Do themselves a favour!!!! Bulls forever...

  • IQ - 2011-06-02 16:58

    Yet the Sharks have arranged a huge favour for Naka. Buy continuing with Terblanche and Bosman as their cente pairing, Cheetahs are guaranteed at least two tries through the middle channel.

      Mole71 - 2011-06-02 18:50

      Worst centre pairing in the country. I dont like moving players around, but Michalak @ 10 and Lambie @ 12 seems a lot stronger then what will run out on Sat.

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-03 09:40

      How many times must I say this, Lambie needs to play FLYHALF if he is going to be future bok 10... He cannot play other positions... Use what we have, JLP to centre, Louis Ludik to centre and terblanche to fullback..

  • Doug - 2011-06-02 17:16

    Typical SA Attitude..........bunch of Dutchmen

      AltTroll - 2011-06-02 17:47

      Wow, what an ingenious reply. Calling an Afrikaans person a Dutchmen, I am stunned at your literary genius. Truly amazing. Did it take both your brain cells at once, or did they take turns writing this awe inspiring message?

      Carl Muller - 2011-06-02 17:52

      Are you an English bastard from the boer war..... Just asking.

      Lloyd - 2011-06-02 22:17

      I'll rather be a dutchman than look like a kantfys.

      Teebs - 2011-06-02 23:20

      Doug = Luke the Puke Watson

      Lloyd - 2011-06-02 23:42

      Teebs, don't insult Luke like that. He's not as big an idiot as this guy.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-06-02 17:50

    come on Cheetahs!!! Show us more... Bulls forever.... Two hour only (sometimes more) supporter of the Cheetahs Supporters club....

  • Tyrone - 2011-06-02 18:43

    Naka I dont see anywhere where the Sharks asked you for anything? let alone favours , If they play well enough on the day, they should win, If not? simple fact would be Cheetahs were better on the day

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