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Drotské wants Cheetahs rugby

2010-01-25 07:48
Naka Drotské (File)
Georg van Eck

Bloemfontein – Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské is eager to establish a uniform playing style throughout the province from under-13 level upwards.

“All the Free State teams must play Cheetahs rugby. From the Craven week teams (under-13 and under-18) through to club teams, as well as the junior and senior teams. That is our goal,” Drotské told the Free State Rugby Coaches Society at its meeting at the AK Volsteedt hall.

Drotské and his team of coaching experts will visit schools, clubs and other members of the society over the next few weeks to inform them of how the Cheetahs go about their business and prepare for the Super14 and Currie Cup.

Drotské noted that one of the reasons for the Bulls’ success was the establishment of uniform playing structures by Heyneke Meyer in 2000.

“One of the Cheetahs’ problems is that they lose their top players every year. As soon as a player makes a name, he moves on. We then have to call on young players. If these players know our systems from schools level, they will be able to slot in that much easier,” said Drotské.

He added that the Free State Cheetahs had to use a number of under-21 players last year and that the likes of centre Robert Ebersohn and prop Coenie Oosthuizen had adapted well.

However, other players need more coaching as they are not exposed to Cheetah rugby from school level.

He invited coaches to attend Cheetah training sessions as there are “no secrets”.

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