Cheetahs defence praised

2012-04-08 11:37

Bloemfontein - Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss praised his players' defensive ability after they crushed the Lions 26-5 in their Super Rugby clash here on Saturday.

"We pride ourselves in our defence," said Strauss.

"It is something we work very hard at and against the Lions it paid off," said Strauss.

"We are very pleased that we could achieve the victory at home.

"We owed the Cheetahs fans a good performance and that is what we gave."

The Lions were left trailing at the bottom of the Super Rugby standings, while the Cheetahs picked up their third win of the campaign to settle in 11th position.

The visitors were out of their depth, and though they managed to score a try through flanker Cobus Grobbelaar, the brief form of relief came only in the 65th minute of the game.

The home side's attacking play produced some entertaining running rugby, and while they missed out on a number of opportunities to bury the Lions further, they looked like a side that gained valuable experience on their overseas tour.

The hosts were better than the Lions at scrum time, they made more turnovers and their defence had the visitors up in arms for the best part of 80 minutes.

"The Cheetahs simply outplayed us," admitted Lions captain Josh Strauss.

At half-time the hosts held a comfortable lead, thanks to a brace of tries by centre Robert Ebersohn and the kicking boot of flyhalf Johan Goosen.

The Lions were smothered by the Cheetahs' sound defensive structures, and while Grobbelaar's try was impressive, it did little to give the Lions hope of a possible victory.

While the Lions will look to regroup ahead of their derby clash against the Bulls in the next round, the Cheetahs will be gunning for a third successive win in another home match against the Chiefs.

"At the beginning we made a lot of unforced errors and we also kicked away too much possession," said Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske.

"But we're happy with the result and now we're looking ahead to the game against the Chiefs."


  • chandre.pelser - 2012-04-08 11:46

    Die een dink wat baie jammer is, is dat Bloem nie juis groot genoeg is om die stadion vol toeskouers te hou vir die Cheetahs nie. Die gevolg is dat die ouens nie soveel sielkundige ondersteuning geniet soos ander S15 spanne nie. Hopelik onthou die Cheetahs dat hulle hordes ondersteuners in SA het wat nie noodwendig in Bloem bly nie, en ook dat hulle spel-styl maak dat hulle meeste ander SA ondersteuners se tweede-keuse span is.Hou voort met julle opwindende rugby Atter, ons sit vasgenael naweek na naweek!

      Jason - 2012-04-08 20:15

      No dude. Bloem isn't too small to fill the stadium. But for some reason or the other, Cheetah fans prefer to watch the game at home. Maybe it's the advantage of TV replays, maybe its the comfy couch, maybe its the braai and maybe its the brandy. Never have figured it out.

      Warren - 2012-04-08 21:33

      The answer why Bloem can't fill their stadium is simple. Take a look how many Free Staters wear Bulls, Sharks & Stormers replica jerseys. They just like to support another team for some or other reason???

  • Priester - 2012-04-08 12:20

    The Cheetahs can teach my beloved Bulls a thing or two when it comes to defence. But then the Bulls play a completely different type of game and their commitment may be elsewhere within their game plan. Blou Bul Groete!

  • Willie - 2012-04-09 07:40

    Adriaan and your part in attack or defense, pushing on or falling back must not be overlooked, thanks captain, you lead from the front, well done

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