Cheetahs target Sharks scrum

2011-09-14 07:31

Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské says they will aim to dismantle the Sharks' scrum - an area the Durbanites struggled with against the Pumas in Durban last week.

The Sharks were surprisingly below par in the scrum department against the men from Witbank and it nearly cost them. The Pumas at one stage led by 17-7 and also 20-14 before the Sharks came back to claim a 33-20 victory.

And according to the Volksblad newspaper, Drotské has taken due note of what happened with the Sharks at Kings Park as he prepares his charges for their crucial Currie Cup clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

"We will always try and take on other teams in the scrums.

"It was actually strange for me to see how the Sharks struggled in the scrums. They have scrummed well the whole season, but there were one or two scrums where the Pumas definitely had their number.

"We will definitely take the Sharks on in the scrums," said Drotské.

And the coach believes the versatile Coenie Oosthuizen is just the man to trouble the KwaZulu-Natalians up front.

Oosthuizen has recently successfully made the switch from tighthead prop to loosehead. He played tighthead for the first time at senior level against Griquas three weeks ago after WP Nel injured his calf muscle.

Drotské was especially impressed with Oosthuizen's performance again the Blue Bulls over the weekend. "It was Coenie's first real test at tighthead against Dean Greyling from the Bulls - and he showed he is able to stand his ground.

"Dean is an international player and has played for the Springboks. If Coenie carries on like this, his scrummaging will only improve and if he can keep up with his work ethic in the loose, he will become a very good tighthead," said Drotské.

Saturday's game at the Free State Stadium kicks off at 15:00.


  • Gunner - 2011-09-14 07:34

    Good luck boet!...SHARKS forever!!!

      Kevin - 2011-09-14 11:13

      Who are the Cheetahs?

  • atreyu_za - 2011-09-14 08:28

    Think the Sharks just had a very bad day at the scrums. Look how they scrummed against the Bulls. Its one part of their game I'm very happy with.

  • caleb69 - 2011-09-14 08:29

    Rather concentrate on playing full 80 minutes Naka

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-14 08:44

    Good luck Sharks...Sharks forever...great being a Sharkie!!!!!

  • SinghH - 2011-09-14 09:16

    I've always been amazed at how the coaches come out and openly discuss their plan of attack before a game, wouldn't you want to keep your tactics secret to gain the edge. Then again it could be he's playing mind games and sowing doubt in the Sharks camp over their scrums. The thing about the Sharks though, is that after they've had a bad weekend, they always come back stronger the next. Go sharks!

  • - 2011-09-14 10:41

    Sjharks struggled against the pumas at the Scrum?????? Which game did you watch? Obviously not the one where Fatley Buys kept having to pop out of the scrum under pressure, or not the one where for the 1st time in my life I heard a ref tell a player to engage higher because the other prop couldn't get that low. Who would have thought that with the RWC on at the moment, you would struggle to find decent stuff to write about.

  • Kleinboet - 2011-09-14 17:22

    Sharkies, you are full of yourselves! Is it just desperate hope flaring up or what? Your team is playing good the one week and not so good the next week. Even your coach is worried about that. I'm a Province man, and hopefully unbiased. I think you have reason to be humble.

      gmain - 2011-09-14 23:02


  • FJ2 - 2011-09-15 12:09

    Target wat julle ook al wil. Wen net asseblief die blerrie game!

  • lionel.pretorius2 - 2011-09-15 12:40

    Naka is the biggest Kak Praater South of the Sahara , every week he has his fat yap open , but fails to tell you with this same exact team they came last in the super 15 and are playing n Sharks team minus 8 players and all the replacements are youngsters from the academy and we are still going to stick n mielie stronk up his and teams arrogant asses .

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