SA conference 'wide open'

2012-01-31 14:24

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - The South African conference is wide open with any one of the five franchises who could end up on top.

That is the view of Toyota Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske ahead of this year’s 2012 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

Drotske is confident his Cheetahs side will surprise most this year and believes they have overcome their fears and learnt the lessons of the past.

But it is the even playing field in the South African franchise which is exciting him the most. While the Sharks and Stormers both will start as the country’s favourites in the competition, the Cheetahs know that they have beaten them before and can again, and that there isn’t a franchise which holds any fear over them at the moment.

“The franchise is really wide open at the moment,” Drotske told, “The Stormers have a good team and the Sharks are always strong. The big question will be what the Bulls bring to the table, as they have lost a lot of big names. What people don’t realise is that you can’t just replace Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha and Fourie du Preez overnight. It will be interesting to see how they react.

“The Lions also have a lot of self-confidence after their win in the Currie Cup, so it will be an interesting season ahead.”

While the Cheetahs were behind against the Kings, they rallied back to win easily in their opening pre-season game, something that has pleased Drotske.

“We were good, we have a few things to work on, like our handling. We threw six tries away but considering it is our first warm-up game, I’m pretty pleased. What was nice was to see how we created try-scoring opportunities, which we just struggled to finish.”

The Cheetahs will give their fringe players a chance against the Griffons tonight before their last two games – a Bulls A and B side next weekend against their respective counterparts – ends their game preparation ahead of this year’s competition.


  • Lionel - 2012-01-31 14:37

    SA conference order:Stormers,Sharks,Lions,Cheetahs,Bulls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Blou-Daan - 2012-01-31 15:08

      SA conference order: Bulls, Lions, Cheetahs Sharks........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Stormers!!!!!!!!! :-)

      Niela - 2012-01-31 15:14

      SA conference order: Stormers, Cheetahs, (Sharks/Bulls)(Bulls/Sharks), Lions

      JacquesClaassen - 2012-01-31 15:42

      I'm a Bull but i do believe it will be as follows; 1. Stormer 2. Sharks 3. Bulls 4. Cheetahs/Lions 5. Lions/Cheetahs I still don't like the conference situation though. Just doesn't seem fair to the stronger Country for that year, but does help the weaker ones.

      Lionel - 2012-01-31 15:56

      Daan,come now,lets play Honestly,I agree with Naka,if teams like Cheetahs can sort out there defence they will be a force to reckon with.

      Nick - 2012-01-31 16:04

      Cheetahs; Lions; Sharks; Bulls; Stormers... Then let's see SARU try and demote the inept and incompetent union that the WPRFU currently is - Stormers out the S15 in 2013 - as the useless Kings get artificially 'promoted'... Lol! Crucial that the Cheetahs and Lions do very well - so that SARU don't get any ideas and try force them to be one team - the "Cats" again in 2013. Go Cheetahs!! :)

  • Jaco - 2012-01-31 14:51

    Everybody wants to be like the Bulls!

      Eduard - 2012-01-31 15:14

      And every one wants to be like..................blou-daan?

      Ross - 2012-01-31 15:31

      But only idiots want to live in Pretoria!

      nadine.devilliers - 2012-01-31 15:53

      @Jaco - wrong, because no one wants to be a loser... they would rather be a shark!! Haai daar.

      Nick - 2012-01-31 16:05

      @ Stormsaam and Nadine - LOL! :)

      Jaco - 2012-01-31 16:17

      @Nadine - Didn't the Bulls beat the Sharks in the sharktank to win the Super14 trophee?

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-31 16:24

      Jaco, die loser Bulls het 3 Super trophies gewen en die Sharks uuuuummmm, niks.

      Johan - 2012-01-31 17:58

      Neewat dankie, ek wil graag genoeg suurstof in my bloed hê

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-01-31 15:06

    "The big question will be what the Bulls bring to the table, as they have lost a lot of big names". Dis baie waar, maar ek dink darm daar gaan n hele paar jonges wees wat nou gaan begin deurkom by die Bulle. Kan nie wag dat die seisoen moet begin nie.

      Saffa - 2012-01-31 15:08

      "The big quesion will be what the Bulls bring to the table" - The usual Blou-Daan.....the usual: cocaine, Klippies and a potato salad.

      johanspokie.rossouw - 2012-01-31 15:45

      Ja die jonge manne van die bulle... 3 van hulle is stormers bulle het geen ander talent nie moet talent koop anders beteken hul ook maar niks

      Pieter - 2012-01-31 16:21

      @Saffa What does the Stormers bring? Parkiebank-nai, tafel gooi by troues, dwelms en bar fights. En ZERO Super koppies (die beste!!!)

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-31 16:25

      Poor taste Saffa, poor taste.

      Saffa - 2012-01-31 16:37

      C'mon Dozey and My learned medical friend from Canada......this is the way we roll on these forums - and the 2 of YOU should know that better than most.......Folk are far too precious round here these days....

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-31 16:40

      Saffa, it's just that I get defensive when somebody talks negatively about my cousins Joost and Pedrie's indiscretions.

      Saffa - 2012-01-31 16:44

      Hehehehehehe @Dozey. Apologies. I will take all talk of narcotics out of the equation. :)

      Shistirrer - 2012-01-31 16:45

      @ Pieter: The defense rests. Op die parkbankie.

  • J.D. - 2012-01-31 15:12

    What is wrong with South African "competition:. Why a "conference" The dictionary allow for a conference in terms of sport teams.but most people regard a conference as a meeting where people discuss issues.BS with all these "intelligent" sounding terms. Keep it straight and simple.We might end up with swimming golfing and athlectic conferences one of these days and soon soon nobody will know when it is a competition or a meeting.

  • legndkilla - 2012-01-31 15:38

    Im a stormers supporter, bt whats up with all this early talkin about who is gona b the best, how about we actually watch the teams play then talk again mid table?lets wish all our sa teams well cos we will benefit if trhey come out on top?*just saying*

      Leslie - 2012-01-31 15:53

      its about believing in your team from the very start

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-31 16:26

      Refreshing! A Stormers supporter who doesn't believe they have won everything already. Respect buddy.

  • Hendrik - 2012-01-31 15:41

    I really hope this season the Cheetahs can string together one good performance after the other. There are always games that they are TOPS, but when not they are damn terrible. The Bulls are going to need more time to make a "come back". The Lion's won the Currie Cup with a Super 15 team. Would be nice to see them not finish last, but I won't be holding my breath. The Stormers could just not quite make it, even with Rassie behind them. Not much chance of them improving now. Sooooo... much to my regrets that would then leave the Sharks as the likely S.A. top team.. Oh damn, dark days for me.

  • Pieter - 2012-01-31 16:18

    We all know and agree the Bulls will dominate again. The only SA team that has featured in Superrugby

      Saffa - 2012-01-31 16:22

      Hello my Canadian friend. Hope things are well your side?

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-31 16:27

      Hoe's die weer daar, dokter?

      Lionel - 2012-01-31 16:30

      Weather is just as pathetic as himself!!!!!

      Shistirrer - 2012-01-31 16:32

      Living in the past again, Pieter? You will probably still be singing that old song for the next 25 years.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-31 16:33

      Gooinat, ek smaak nogal vir die dokter. Ons het baie goeters in gemeen. (Amper die woord 'common' gebruik).

      Lionel - 2012-01-31 16:37

      Dozey,never knew you were that type my friend!!!!!!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-01-31 16:39

      @Dozey, I hope you visit the Doc in Canada - he is a rather good surgeon by all accounts. When you break your hand smashing a door after the 4th Bulls loss on the trot, the Doc is but ONE border crossing away....

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-31 16:41

      Nee, ons het nie goeters inmekaar nie, net ingemeen.

      Saffa - 2012-01-31 16:45


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