Naka envies Stormers' position

    2012-05-25 07:40
    Post a comment
    Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské believes their season could have looked different had they won several of their close encounters.

    Drotské told Volksblad they are their own worst enemies, which is the difference between them and a team like the Stormers.

    He feels giving away unnecessary tries at crucial times is what makes them lose tight and crucial matches.

    In their 34-20 loss to the Sharks last week, Drotské feels they gave away at least two unnecessary tries which cost them after leading 11-7 after 34 minutes.

    "It happens in most matches where we lose by less than seven points."

    The Cheetahs have lost six games by less than seven points this season, while the Stormers - who are at the top of the log standings - have won several games this season with a narrow scoreline.

    "It's frustrating to lose six games by less than seven points.

    "I told the players the Stormers, who are at the top of the ladder, have won six matches by less than seven points.

    "That's the difference and shows how close the teams in the competition are to each other.

    "We are 12th on the log standings and the Stormers first, but they are able to win the 50/50 games," said Drotské.

    The Cheetahs take on the Waratahs at the Free State Stadium on Saturday. (17:05 kick-off)


    15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rocco Jansen, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Andries Ferreira, 4 Izak van der Westhuizen, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

    Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Philip Snyman


    Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    Sport Talk


    25 April 2014
    • Blues v Waratahs, Auckland 07:35
    • Brumbies v Chiefs, Canberra 09:40
    • Sharks v Highlanders, Durban 19:10
    26 April 2014
    • Hurricanes v Reds, Wellington 09:35
    • Western Force v Bulls, Perth 11:40
    • Cheetahs v Stormers, Bloemfontein 17:05
    02 May 2014
    • Blues v Reds, Auckland 09:35
    • Melbourne Rebels v Sharks, Melbourne 11:40


    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014


    Rank Team P W Pts


    “As we head into Round 11 of Super Rugby, an alarming stat is that South African teams crop up the bottom of the tries scored category.”

    Opinion Poll

    While the Sharks look like sure winners of the SA Super Rugby Conference, the "battle" for the wooden spoon could well develop into a four-team race. Who eventually props up the table?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

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