FS will tackle for 85 minutes

2011-10-20 07:49

Cape Town - Free State Cheetahs defence coach, Michael Horak, says they are preparing for a professional, 85 minute defensive effort against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Horak told the Volksblad newspaper their inability to play the full 80 minutes in games - and in particular their lapses on defence - has cost them a home semi-final in this year's Currie Cup.

Three games stand out: At home against the Blue Bulls and the Lions and away against Griquas. In all those games, the Free Staters were leading by 10 or more points going into the last 10 minutes. They drew with the Bulls and the Lions and lost the game against Griquas in Kimberley.

But Horak is confident they have addressed the issue properly to avoid a repeat scenario this weekend.

"We drilled into the players this week that we have to be professional enough to keep the opposition out for 85 minutes. It will take 85 minutes of hard work against the Sharks.

"Defence at the end (of matches) cost the Cheetahs in the Super Rugby competition and it floored us in one or two matches in the Currie Cup as well.

"Now we are going to Durban and we're focusing on giving everything for 85 minutes," said Horak.




Free State Cheetahs:
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Philip van der Walt, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Johan Wessels, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Nico Scheepers


  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2011-10-20 08:41

    Hmm... it takes a second to miss a tackle, so that's an awefull amount of tries.... go Sharks!!!

      Skinfaxi - 2011-10-20 12:41

      The last time the Cheetahs played the Sharks at the Shark Tank the score was 43 – 34 to the Sharks. The Sharks blow hot and cold. If they blow hot on Saturday then I doubt that there’s a team in SA who could beat them. If they blow cold then the Empangeni Convent B team could beat them.

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-10-20 09:07

    Great. John Plumtree also talking about defense. Are both these teams just going to defend? What makes me think we're in for a tight game? The Cheetahs must stop trying to just defend their score when they get into the lead. When they get ahead they stop playing the game that got them ahead in the first place. If it works then why do they change it?

  • Kevin - 2011-10-20 09:51

    They will tackle for 40 minutes . The other 40 will be standing under there polesw waiting for the Sharks to convert.Go Sharks. Go Currie Cup Champions

  • Jason - 2011-10-20 16:46

    What is the maximum amount of money I can bet on the Cheetahs?

      Andre - 2011-10-22 08:01

      Jason, just keep in mind that it is very difficult to start over in life , if you lose everything!

  • Graham - 2011-10-20 19:12

    Ek is net lus vir stil wees met NIEMAND naby my nie...dink ek gaan die naweek piekniek hou op Loftus!

  • Graham - 2011-10-20 19:13

    Ek is net lus vir stil wees met NIEMAND naby my nie...dink ek gaan die naweek piekniek hou op Loftus!

  • Zane Daniels - 2011-10-20 21:47

    Like they are going tell what's the game plane is and a good defence in a semi could win you the game

  • Dawie - 2011-10-22 13:47

    To the 4 teams in the semi-finals - best of luck and may the best teams win - may we then see a final true to SA rugby traditions - hard,true and exceptional !!!!!

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