More to come from Cheetahs
Gareth Duncan - MyPlayers.co.za
Bloemfontein - Cheetahs captain Francois Venter says there
is a lot for the team to be optimistic about, despite their inconsistencies
during Super Rugby this season.
The Cheetahs haven’t had a lot to celebrate on the field,
having only won three out of their 12 matches during the first half of the Super
Their most recent defeat was a 31-24 loss against the
Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.
However, Venter believes there are developments to be happy
He believes the team is maturing and progressing very
quickly for a young squad, who lacked experience at the start of the season.
The 25-year-old believes this will set a foundation for an exciting future.
This is already evident as four Cheetahs players have been
called up for international duty - lock Lood de Jager is in the Springbok
squad, while flank Oupa Mohoje, wing Sergeal Petersen and Venter will be in
action for the SA ‘A’ side.
“We’re gaining the necessary experience as a squad,” Venter
told MyPlayers. “We lost many key players in recent seasons, leaving us with
more youth than experience. But the team is really gelling well as we rebuild.
“We’re creating many opportunities on attack. We just need
to convert more of them. We know what we are capable of… we just need to keep
that in mind as we continue to grow and progress as a team. Looking ahead, I’m
excited about our future.
“All the players want to play an exciting brand of rugby and
win more games - to give our fans something to be proud about. This is just the
beginning for Cheetahs rugby.”
Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith echoed the same sentiments,
saying he’s been proud of the team’s performances.
“The intent is there. We had some unlucky moments against
the Stormers. If we took our opportunities, the result could’ve been
different,” said Smith. “We did well to put so much pressure on a side that is
in a position to qualify for the tournament playoffs. We now have five weeks to
refresh and return even better in July.”
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