PRO14

Franco: SA fans have no idea how tough PRO14 is

2019-04-29 18:55
Franco Smith (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Franco Smith says South African rugby fans have "no idea" how tough the PRO14 competition is.

Smith was speaking to Netwerk24 after the Cheetahs ended their 2018/19 PRO14 campaign with a 61-25 win over the Southern Kings in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

It was an impressive ending to a tough season for the Cheetahs - they won only eight of their 21 games and finished second from bottom in Conference A.

But Smith is positive for the team’s future in the competition.

"I think the squad developed well over the past season and now we've got more experienced PRO14 players. I think we’re now used to the competition and I'm excited about the consistency in some of our performances.

"But were judged on results and supporters in South Africa have no idea how tough the competition is. We're at the end (of the season) now but we know exactly what to do going forward."

Smith was emotional after the win over the Kings, as it’s likely to be his final match in charge of the Cheetahs.

He has been linked with the head coaching job of Italy's national side and the Cheetahs have already started looking for a new head coach.

Maties coach Hawies Fourie and Kings coach Deon Davids are believed to be on the shortlist for the job.

Read more on:    cheetahs  |  pro14  |  franco smith  |  bloemfontein  |  rugby

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Which of the two South African teams competing in the 2019/20 PRO14 tournament will fare best?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.