Cheetahs hunting bonus points

2011-07-14 20:00

Bloemfontein - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has emphasised the importance of bonus points in this year's ABSA Currie Cup competition.

The Free Staters face the Leopards in their first Currie Cup clash of the season on Saturday at the Free State stadium.

The Cheetahs have also lost the core of their team to either the Springboks or their Super Rugby allies, Griquas, and will be foolish to underestimate the less favoured Leopards.

However, coach Naka Drotské nonetheless said his players should go hunting for bonus points from the word go.

"We'd like to get a good start to the season and it's always very important to win your home games," Drotske said.

"But we're also backing our attacking structures and would like to chase a bonus point for scoring four tries.

"Any team can surprise, but we'll be putting pressure on ourselves to do well."

The Leopards have a few surprise packages in their team and new coach Leon Boshoff will hope the "unknown" men in his squad will rise to the occasion.

"As is the case in every season, a few injuries will damage our cause, but that does not mean we won't be competitive," said Boshoff.

"On the contrary, I am confident that this group of players will use the opportunity they have to compete against the best in the country to make names for themselves."


Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Corne Uys, 12 Andries Strauss (captain), 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Michael van Vuuren, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.

Substitutes: 16 PW van Vuuren, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Philip Burger.



  • Scaramouche - 2011-07-14 20:18

    Cheetahs all the win this year!

      Pears - 2011-07-14 20:21

      'all the win this year'? Lay of the Bloem bier boet...

      Scaramouche - 2011-07-14 20:34

      True Pears, thanks for pointing out the dus laksia (rather than Bloem liquids). Should read "Cheetahs all the way this year" but the thought of winning it got in the way!

      jk - 2011-07-15 08:55

      can be

      BlouBos - 2011-07-15 08:58

      Scara.....warara what ever. Dude, don’t do drugs. It clouds your judgement and your abilities to read and write.

  • Pears - 2011-07-14 20:23

    The Cheetahs and Lions will be the teams to beat in the currie cup.

      Reacher - 2011-07-15 07:27

      Only because the other teams have members in the Springbok squad :)

      Peter Britz - 2011-07-15 08:51

      Oh shame Reacher! So do the Cheetahs, in fact the Cheetahs gave most full strength SA sides a good run for their money despite not having all their stars available! No reason why a full strength Cheetahs team can't win this years CC even with the Bokke available. Besides they have done it before! 2005 ring a bell? I watched that match on ESPN again, and no the bulls didn't lose to a "lucky bounce" asthey so like to claim, the Cheetahs were all over the Bulls in that match, and were deserved winners! Chew on that

      BlouBos - 2011-07-15 10:20

      Fair enough statement. Just a pity that the playing fields is not level. Because of there miserable performance in the Super 15 thy have the luxury of fielding there full strength teams against “B” teams.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-15 11:47

      Peter, that match they show on ESPN is the wrong game. Vrystaat won the 2005 final, it wasn't a draw. That was one of the last RR matches. In the specific final there was a 'lucky' bounce that caused Meyer Bosman's try.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-14 22:39

    I would've thought all the teams were hunting bonus points. Very impressive Naka.

      jk - 2011-07-15 08:56

      anything positive from the idiot upstairs...??? suppose not

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-15 11:48

      Nou wat het jou pa met hierdie discussion uit te waai?

      BlouBos - 2011-07-15 15:24

      Forget about hunting bonus points. Send them to hunt Sebras. Perhaps they will be more successful.

  • Will99 - 2011-07-15 07:12

    Good goal to have. But it's still a long way to Oct so let's wait and see.

  • BlouBos - 2011-07-15 10:17

    It is time that the Cheetahs must be honest with themselves. Since Naka was appointed the head couch of the Cheetahs and the Vrystaat nothing really existing had happened. The Cheetahs/Vrystaat hasn’t really moved forward or backwards. So it means you are actually going nowhere that means you are basically dead. Naka is member of the inner circle of family and friends of Vrystaat administrators, an untouchable. Yes he had his moments in the Currie Cup, but overall his success in the Currie Cup pretty much average but absolutely a miserable failure in Superugby and this doesn’t really trouble the administrators. Why is it so that there Craven week teams are dominating the schools rugby in South Africa but this success can’t be translated or transferred over to senior structures? It is because the administrators only care for themselves. That is why Rassie left so suddenly because he wasn’t part of the in crowd? He stepped on toes while tying to make a difference but the Mafia didn’t approved. The Cheetahs must get honest with themselves and get there house in order so that they can move forward like there brilliant Craven week boys.

      Oukoos - 2011-07-15 13:40

      'n Wavrag top Vrystaat spelers het die afgelope paar jaar "gedros" na ander provinsies toe, onder meer Duanne Vermeulen tans die top agsteman in Suid-Afrika. Soos @Bloubos tereg uitwys, die bestuur moet eerlik wees en erken dat daar 'n behoudsprobleem is. Ek sal nooit 'n Bulls ondersteuner wees nie (ondersteun eerder Blikkiesdorp se 3de span), maar die Bulls is meesters daarin om talent te identifiseer EN te behou. Dalk moet die Vrystaat (en ook my geliefde WP) gaan kers opsteek by die ouens in Pretoria.

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-15 16:27

      ai dankie Oukoos, sien die Bulle is darm maar oulik ne? :)

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-16 00:15

      Nee, Oukoos, die probleem is dat daar te veel talent hier in die Kaap is (papsakke en tik en al daai goete ten spyte). Ons probeer wel talent hier behou, maar kan nie ALMAL behou nie; dus sal daar hier en daar een verlore gaan wat later eers sy talent begin toon. Die Bulls het geen talent om te behou nie, so dis maklik vir hulle: hulle koop doodeenvoudig klaar geïdentifiseerde talent in. Dis baie goedkoper, al kos dit soveel dat die tuisunie (wat talle jong spelers moet probeer behou) nie kan saamgesels nie. Of sê jy ons moet al ons talent verlore laat gaan in 'n onhaalbare poging om 'n enkele een te behou? Onthou, talle van die spelers wat die Bulls so inkoop kom nêrens nie, maar hulle word nie onder ons neuse gevryf nie - net die paar wat deurkom word.

  • Pieter - 2011-07-15 14:53

    Only sorry that DSTV chooses not to broadcast the game. First game of the CC season for Cheetahs and Leopards. How pathetic! Especially if you look at the stuff they do manage to broadcast? Nothing is shown on SS Ch7 on Saturday but probably to save money they don't sent a broadcast team to Bloem.

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-16 00:17

      I understand that it will be streamed on the internet.

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