Naka: Pine-factor no problem

2011-07-20 07:36

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein - Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar's knowledge of several young players in the Free State rugby team is not a major concern for the Cheetahs ahead of Saturday's Currie Cup match in Pretoria.

That is the view of Free State coach Naka Drotské in the build-up to the Cheetahs' second Currie Cup match of 2011.

Drotské said that the Bulls have had the same approach for the past seven years and Pienaar's involvement is not expected to change that.

Pienaar still coached Free State in the Vodacom Cup earlier this year and was recently appointed as the Blue Bulls' Currie Cup coach. He also coached the Free State under-21 side and therefore has good knowledge of a number of their newcomers.

Eigthman Boom Prinsloo, flank Lappies Labuschagné, scrumhalf Pieter van Zyl, and props Marcel van der Merwe and Trevor Nyakane all played under-21 rugby under Pienaar. They all made their Currie Cup debuts against the Leopards last Saturday.

Pienaar was never directly involved with Free State's senior team, but should know more about the Cheetahs than most opponents.

Even so, Drotské won't be losing sleep about Pienaar's influence on the game against his old friends.

"We have a number of young players who Pine knows well, but it's very difficult to focus on individual players. For example, it will be difficult for him to tell the Bulls' No 7 flank what Lappies does. It's difficult when he knows them as coach, but his players do not know them," said Drotské.

He believes that his team knows how the Bulls play.

"It's not really a significant disadvantage for us that Pine knows our players. He knows how we play and we know how the Bulls play. The Bulls have been playing a certain way for the past six or seven years.

"You know that if you want to beat the Bulls you have to be aggressive and stop them behind the advantage line. You cannot give them momentum."

Drotské believes there will be pressure on his young players, but is confident that they will be up to the task.

"We are improving every week. You could see in the live scrumming sessions, lineout sessions and drives that the forwards are slowly but surely becoming a unit."

Meanwhile, the Cheetahs could not announce their team on Tuesday due to a few light injuries.

Flyhalf Sias Ebersohn (ankle) and hooker Michael van Vuuren (upper leg) did not train and will have to prove their fitness on Wednesday. Hooker PW van Vuuren also could not train fully due to a sore leg.


  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-20 07:53

    Go Cheetahs Go!!!!!! Sharks did it by 19, I know you'll take it further that's why I predict: Cheetahs by 20+

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-20 09:43

      Balsak,jou predictions op Superrugby het nie uitgedraai soos jy voorspel het nie ne niks gaan nou verander nie

  • swimfan - 2011-07-20 08:22

    Cheetahs to go all the way!!!!

  • jk - 2011-07-20 08:39

    naka-pine will be no worries mate, cheetahs to win by 8.., gonna be

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 09:13

      Funny like your spelling and grammar.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-20 09:25

      jk she was is dof today i see

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-20 09:03

    Naka ,het jy nie afspraak met ollie se pel se vrou nie?

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 09:13

      Hy's bang Ollie moer hom weer.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-20 09:36

      Ek sou gelike het om te sien hoe hy gat skoonmaak met hamburger Le Roux op sy hakke

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 09:36

      Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-20 09:49

      Dozer ek sien jy het amper lucky geraak met Ice gister,lol

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 10:10

      Ja sy smaak my duidelik en toe kom daai ander ape en skrik haar af. Ek was amper op first base.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-20 10:19

      lol,amper n home run,maar ja wat kan jy van die 2 wp narre verwag

      jk - 2011-07-20 11:58

      waar het bulle nou elk geval iets van vroumense af geweetm dozer was nooit nerens naby aan 1st base nie...

  • PCDP - 2011-07-20 09:53

    Tough game ahead, but never right the bulls off. This is early days.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-20 09:56

      Right?,you are so write,(sic) lol

  • Robschele - 2011-07-20 14:20

    Cheetahs by 5tries to 3tries and 4 penalties to 2. I see Geelkaart van den Heever is in the team. At least one penalty plus another with a yellow card. That's by 16+.

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