Cheetah flyers impress ex-Bok

2011-05-25 22:33

Hendrik Cronjé

Bloemfontein - The Cheetahs' improved backline play, which is described by Gysie Pienaar as the best in years, is down to three factors: Consistency with selection, newly-found confidence, and the intelligent and effective manner in which turnover possession is utilised.

"The most important factor is the consistency in team selection. Riaan Viljoen said it (to Sport24) the other day and on the field it's clear that they are playing with greater confidence," said Pienaar, a former Springbok and also a previous assistant coach for the Boks and Free State.

Whereas there was still a measure of uncertainty among the Cheetahs' coaches at the beginning of the Super Rugby tournament about who their top player in each position was, the team is now only changed in the event of injury.

The communication between the coaching team and players is clearly good.

According to Viljoen, the confidence of coaches Naka Drotské and Hawies Fourie in his ability gives him the necessary confidence to perform at a high level.

"With the team doing so well, it's difficult to single out individuals. All the Cheetahs backline players are doing the basic things well - even as far as their cover defence is concerned," said Pienaar.

Apart from team selections and improved confidence, the manner in which the Cheetahs' backline players utilise turnover possession is also a big positive.

"They flourish on turnover possession and are then really dangerous. The possession they get from their forwards is equally good and gets them on the front foot."

Two players who have done particularly well this season in securing turnovers are prop Coenie Oosthuizen and centre Robert Ebersohn.


  • StBad - 2011-05-26 00:12

    The whole team seems to have a great sense of who and what is happening around them, they are playing the best brand of rugby in SA at the moment and they should be proud...

      GHT - 2011-05-26 08:00

      They are playing pretty attractive rugby. If they stop leaking the tries, they might still sneak into the play offs.

      smithruan835 - 2011-05-26 08:08

      And the fact that they have Tewis on the bench or in the stands is helping them a ton aswell!! Just look at the impact of not having him play has had!!! Plus i love those front-row forwards!!!

      evereadydude - 2011-05-26 08:55

      Grey teen Sand Du Plessis (Sias vs Morne)!! Dink Sannies gaan die een wen! Go Morne, die Cheetahs kies mos nie manne van Sannies nie!!

  • HanHan - 2011-05-26 03:27

    I am a Shark fan, but at present I love watching the Cheetahs. The Bulls should be on the alert!

      Zip23 - 2011-05-26 06:36

      I would also rather watch the Cheeters if I was a Sharks fan.

      Marius - 2011-05-26 07:37

      I am also a Shark fan and I think it is time for the Shark's procurement manager to pay the Cheetahs a visit - I think any team can do with an investment in the two Ebersohn brothers

      derek55 - 2011-05-26 07:49

      Hey Marius, why would the Ebersohn brothers want to play for the Sharks if they can play for the Cheetahs!

      GHT - 2011-05-26 08:02

      @ Maruis. If I'm not mistaken, the Sharks have been trying to buy the brothers every year since they turned pro..

  • Wagga - 2011-05-26 04:35

    Last weekend in the tournament for the bulls. Lot of tears in Pretoria after this weekend. Cheetahs by 20. HAAK VRYSTAAT.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 05:14

      Last weekend for you in life. Go get him Jack the ripper.

      Zip23 - 2011-05-26 06:39

      Wagga, this weekend is not the start of the quarters, so even if the Bulls loose, they are still playing two more games. You are dreaming as far as your score goes, HAAK VRYSTAAT.

  • Lloyd - 2011-05-26 05:15

    They don't impress me much.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-26 05:55

      Let's go Cheetahs, let's go!!!! Knock them out of the competition!!!!!!!

      Zip23 - 2011-05-26 06:33

      Dont think the Cheeters are that good either, but obviously they impressed WPBEFONK, wondering if he would rate them as highly before his Stormbarbarians plays them in three weeks?

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 07:20

      No Zip, then his prediction will be Stormers by 35 or something ridiculous like the rest of his predictions.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-26 07:29

      @ZIP23- Cheetahs are my 2nd team, so I back them against other team, except the MIGHTY STORMERS!!!!

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-05-26 05:54

    Gysie jou DORING!!! As a STORMERS supporters I agree with you, I don't know what the Bulls are going to do on Saturday. Meisiekind, Zane, Gerhardt en kie gaan hull storie moet ken. Sias is going to EXPOSE Morne like no one has ever done before. This will be a TOUGH and PHYSICAL game, but my MONEY is on the man from Bloemfontein, I know they can do it and my SUPPORT is with them. My weekend predictions : Stormers to win by 12, The Sharks should be home and dry, beating the HELL out of the Waraths and win easily by between 15-20 points, The Lions mmmmm, I'm not sure and the Cheetahs to SNEAK it by 3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Zip23 - 2011-05-26 06:30

      Not even Dan-the-man Carter could "expose" Steyn, now little Sias has to. Also, the Sharks, after being hammered by a mediocre Bulls outfit will suddenly be home and dry. You are either stupid, drunk, or smoked something youre not supposed to.

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 07:04

      okay WPbefonk, jy kan nou maar Gysie se doring terug sit in sy broek.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-26 07:32

      @ZIP23 - Why are you insulting me? I'm just commenting on the article, it's my personal views and I understand people will disagree with me. Because people think different, but please BOETIE don't INSULT me like that.....

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-26 07:34

      @ZIP23- You'll see I'm saying he will be exposed "like no one has ever done before". Read BOETMAN, before you comment. But remember even though I might disagree with you I still respect your views ..

      Zip23 - 2011-05-26 07:52

      Yes, WPBEFONK, the best no 10s in the world couldnt expose Steyn, because there is nothing to expose. Your comments are stupid, I am just "exposing" your comments.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-26 08:12

      @ZIP23 - It's FINE!!!

      kosie - 2011-05-26 13:44

      @zip: i the 27 -0 loss against the saders, their 2nd string flyhalf exposed him, carter didn't even play, it was that birquest guy and they ran circles around steyn and meisiekind.

  • Zooma Lema - 2011-05-26 07:32

    Welcome back Gysie.

  • Zondo - 2011-05-26 08:24

    Whats the point really? they all gonna be snatched by the Sharks/Stomers or Lions. It is really annoying, Cheetahs are really good in discovering and developing new talent BUT they just cant hold on to their players!!! why???

      kosie - 2011-05-26 13:45

      money, but then again with toyota as a sponsor maybe this year they will be able to

  • Wayne Bickerton - 2011-05-26 12:30

    So much talk about the Ebersohn brothers, fair enough, but what about Ashley Johnson...OMG! Can someone please give that guy some credit for the amazing form he is in. What more does he have to do to get the credit and attention that the other guys are getting. He even has big hair, but still goes unnoticed.

      JimbOb - 2011-05-28 11:24

      I'm with you on that one Wayne - my girlfriend and I LOVE Ashley Johnson.. he is such a presence on the field, and with that bush of hair - you almost think he is a "Samson factor", lets hope he doesn't cut it lo.

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