Cheetahs issue Bulls warning

2011-05-23 09:42

Jóhann  Thormählen

Bloemfontein – Even though the team’s backline players are scoring the tries these days, it’s the Cheetahs’ forwards that issued a warning to the Bulls with their performance against the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday.

The 41-21 victory over the Rebels was a record fourth successive one for the Cheetahs and maintained their outstanding effort in the run-in.

The Cheetahs’ pack gave the Rebels a torrid time in the scrums, smashed them elsewhere up front and beat them at the breakdowns.

It is precisely the kind of performance that Cheetahs supporters would have liked to see before the team travels to Pretoria to take on the defending champions on Saturday.

The Bulls’ forwards themselves played a powerful Sharks pack off the park in their 32-23 win in Durban.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said that his team demonstrated that they could stop driving mauls, scrum well, tackle superbly and compete in the lineouts. He believes his pack does not always get the credit it deserves.

“A guy like Ashley Johnson is playing well every week and building his reputation. Our forwards don’t always get credit as a unit. But it’s been like that for years and we are used to it by now,” said Drotské.

“The manner in which the front row and tight five as a whole stops driving moves, scrums, competes in the lineouts and defends, is really good. The success of the past four weeks could be put down to a team effort.”

Johnson, who was the man of the match, is looking like a Springbok again and giving national coach Peter de Villiers some food for thought after he was not included in a 51-man squad for a national planning session.

Cheetahs prop Coenie Oosthuizen and the rest of the pack made life difficult for the Rebels in spite of heavyweight props like Greg Somerville and Rodney Blake in the visitors’ ranks.

Oosthuizen excelled for the umpteenth time this season and his work-rate is higher than that of most flank forwards. Apart from his tackling and powerful runs, he stole a number of balls on the ground.

“There was turnover ball to both sides, but I would say we were better at the breakdowns than them,” said Drotské.

“Ashley, Coenie and Robert Ebersohn are doing good work in the absence of Heinrich Brüssow.

“But our performance wasn’t brilliant and if you could say that and still win by a bonus point and 20 points, then we are on the right track.”

Point scorers:

Cheetahs 41 (20): Tries: Corné Uys (2), Rayno Benjamin, Adriaan Strauss (2). Conversions: Sias Ebersohn (4), Naas Olivier. Penalties: Ebersohn (2).

Rebels 21 (7): Tries: Ged Robinson, Mark Gerrard, penalty try. Conversions: Richard Kingi (3).


  • Lloyd - 2011-05-23 09:51

    It should be a nice warm up for the Bulls.

      V. Zela - 2011-05-23 10:18

      I still think Lloyd is not a bad looking chick

      jontheb - 2011-05-23 10:53

      ja - die cheetahs gaan the bulle lekker warm maak - tot die bloed spat!!!

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 10:59

      V.Zela that's a brilliant chirp. I have no comeback for that one.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-24 10:09

      @V.Zela - I dont want to see your wife!

  • Draconian - 2011-05-23 09:58

    Hope the Cheetahs do some real damage to the Bulls!! Always good to see the Bulls get thumped!!!!! Especially by a S.A. team!

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 10:01

      Always good to see you get thumped!!!!! Especially by a South-African!

      JD - 2011-05-23 10:22

      GO CHEETAHS !!!!

      Hendrik - 2011-05-23 10:54

      @Loyd. Is daai kleuterskool comeback regtig die beste een wat jy kon maak?

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 11:00

      Ja Hendrik, op daai oomblik.

      Jan - 2011-05-23 11:09


      Frederik - 2011-05-23 11:41

      Shame arme Draconian is maar nog `n closet case, het jou pa jou te min drukies gegee of jou ma te veel

      ikilladabull - 2011-05-23 12:26

      Chronoman you and Draconian should stop hanging out in gay bars.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-24 10:14

      @Draconian - typical comment by someone whom the Bulls have thumped, thumped and thumped again. Dream on boy - I got a feeling that the Bulls are going to thump the Cheetahs, even though the Cheetahs do worry me.

      jan du preeaz - 2011-05-24 19:10

      jy is seker baie keer gebliksem op skool jou simpel social reject. die "anarchy" sign is soooo uit die mode wanker

  • Rastus - 2011-05-23 10:00

    Passop vir die Cheeeeetas! Hulle sal jou dalk donner!

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-24 10:14

      Yup - dalk, of dalk nie.

  • Lloyd - 2011-05-23 10:02

    Loftus management moet net seker maak daar is genoeg pies in die tuckshop vir Coenie en WP dan is die stryd halfpad gewonne.

      Jannie - 2011-05-23 11:37

      Miskien moet jy biki by trademarx gaan sit en kyk wat jou beloved bulls doen. Coenie en WP gaan julle plat skrum

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 13:19

      Het jy miskien Trademarx se nommer? Ek wil hoor of hulle nog plek het.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-24 10:18

      @Jannie - ek is sekker ons ouens soos Greyling kan hulle man staan. Het die Sharks nie gedink hulle gaan ons ook voor opneuk nie?

  • Koos - 2011-05-23 10:03

    Same is jy kwaad om rede jou Sharkies veloor het, nou moet jy iets skryf reen die Bulle. Die Sharks supporters het ons laas week ook geen kanse gegee nie.

  • rugby_guru - 2011-05-23 10:08

    Going to be a tough game and a different game, that's the beauty about Super Rugby, the game changes every week :) Good luck both sides, I'll be there (cheering Bulls on because respect to Loftus Stadium)... Sharks for life!

  • StBad - 2011-05-23 10:16

    I'm sure every Sharks supporter will be wearing a Cheetahs jersey this Sat as revenge for last weekend's drubbing to the Bulls! GO CHEETAHS!!!

      ARRA - 2011-05-23 11:29

      No no stbad, guru will be cheering the Bulls-LET OP in die klas Ek dink die game gaan die belangrikste wees vir die Bulls ,wen die Cheetahs en kanse vir uitspeelwedstryd is soveel groter

      Scaramouche - 2011-05-24 08:49

      If the Bulls lose this one, they might as well take the trophy out of their cabinet as it will be game over for 2011. The Cheetahs have nothing to lose and must still be annoyed with themselves with slipping up against the Bulls earlier in the season! Go Cheetahs!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-24 10:23

      @Scaramouche - the S14 trophey is owned by the Bulls. There is a new trophey this year, so we will keep our trophey, if you dont mind.

  • Makutu - 2011-05-23 10:18

    Blue Bulls might lose this game. The Cheetahs are finally showing their Currie Cup form in Super 14. We all know how dangerous the Cheetahs are in Currie Cup, this is now becoming a reality in Super rugby. All I can say is that the Cheetahs are playing the best rugby in SA at the moment, in attack. Ashley Johnson and Connie Oosthuizen are two players whom I think deserve bok call ups very soon. I would pick Ashley Johnson over Willem Alberts quite frankly.

      JD - 2011-05-23 10:43

      Well said boet :-)

      Sonicboom - 2011-05-23 10:56

      Ashley Johnson is a total workhorse, definite nomination for a Bok callup

      Frederik - 2011-05-23 11:52

      After this weekend i won't consider Alberts, he had more knoks than spies on a good day. Ashley Johnson what a player, same for Connie and Sias is also a revalation. As die Bulle net dieselfde tempo can jol soos in die eerste halfte dan is hulle los hande die sterkste maar nou ja die game is 80min ongelukig vir hulle. Dink dit gaan `n moerse nice game , ek hoop maar net die ander gemors van sharkies en weepee kan liewers op hulle eie game gaan focus inplaas van bull supporters uit haal

      Hein - 2011-05-23 12:04

      Makutu, The Blue bulls ain't playing Super Rugby - that is the Vodacom cup team as well as the Currie cup team. The Bulls will face the Cheaters on Saturday.

      JD - 2011-05-23 12:38

      @ HEIN .... Gaan jy MOFTUS toe die naweek ? Kyk hoe sink ons julle.

      Makutu - 2011-05-23 13:11

      LOL! Come on Hein. I clearly need an English lesson. But are you fit to give me that? Druk in jou broeke my broer. Ek leer Engels...

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-23 10:20

    Top game awaiting us. Both teams peak at this stage. If the Bulls only play 40 mintes like in the last few games Cheetahs will run over them for sure... Bulls forever. At least Hougaard is much faster and plan maker then du Preez....We should see back line running which makes the game much more exciting....

      Makutu - 2011-05-23 10:53

      Sarel Pretorius is even faster. How about that? lol!

  • Eugene - 2011-05-23 10:33

    The Cheetahs will tear the Bulls apart! And just remember a Cheetah's mother is called a.........Cheetah! Work the one for the Bulls out yourselves....! [And this was just tongue in the cheek!]

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 11:00

      Dit was laasjaar snaaks.

      Hein - 2011-05-23 12:07

      Die ou grappie is so oud soos die berge en dalk was jou tong in Saffa-Cat se oor toe jy met die briljante stukkie geskiedenis opgediep het.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-24 10:30

      Eugene - did your mama cheetah on your papa? Is that why you developed an eating disorder and personality defect?? You can call my mama a cow, thats only because she doesnt want to give you head, or we would be calling her a laid back Stormer. Oh, and some advice: STOP FREAKING EATING!!

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-05-23 10:38

    Happy to get behind the boyz from Bloem this weekend, Naka has got them playing a great brand of hard running rugby. Looking forward to seeing Coenie and WP charging down the field with ball in hand. Sorry we wont get to see Sarel up against Fourie, would have been interesting! Good luck to both teams.

  • MBSS (Meeste bulls supporters Suck) - 2011-05-23 10:42

    Go Cheetahs - Break the bones of all of them “bulletjies” Cheetahs by 12!!!

      Frederik - 2011-05-23 11:44

      Jou ma jou uit die drein gelok met suur deeg of daai weepee trui van jou?

  • saburger - 2011-05-23 10:43

    Cheetahs last 4 games were excellent. I rate Coenie Oosthuizen, WP Nel and Tiaan Strauss as the best front row at current form! Free State backline, with both Ebersohn brothers are also match winners! I am impressed with their tactical kicking skills.

      Ryan - 2011-05-23 10:49

      Is Tiaan Strauss still playing rugby?? Isn't he like 50

      Makutu - 2011-05-23 10:55

      Man oh man! Coenie is a loose forward in the prop position. The guy stole more balls than the loose forwards of all the teams combined. I think he made 7 turnovers in the 1st half alone. The Rebels turned the ball over 5 times the entire match. Something to think about. Maybe the youngster is what we need in the World Cup.

      coen - 2011-05-23 11:01

      Cheetahs had four easy games on the trott. They are highly over ratedat this stage. Bulls will win by 20 points.Go BULLS

      Jannie - 2011-05-23 11:39

      @coen Easy games?? Crusaders?? Daai selfde span teen wie julle nie EEN punt kon aanteken nie. Dink gou voordat jy weer comment

      JD - 2011-05-23 11:53

      @ Coen .... Sien jou op MOFTUS boet.

  • Marx - 2011-05-23 11:09

    My point of view in any Sport, if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best !! The Cheetas are currently playing very good footie, this is a challenge for the Bulls, we dont need no pshyco drivel, we will step up, if we loose against the Cheetahs now when it really counts, we simply don't deserve to be in the play-offs !! Go Bulls !!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-24 10:32

      That is how I see it. Go Bulls!!

  • bullincapeto - 2011-05-23 11:15

    What about Riaan Viljoen best fullback in SA at present??

      Jannie - 2011-05-23 11:41

      Net omdat hy kan drop beteken dit nie dat hy die beste in die land is nie

      Grunk - 2011-05-23 13:10

      As much as I hate to say this as I think he is vastly overrated on the wing, Van den Heever had a brilliant game at fullback on the weekend.

      Pete OJ - 2011-05-23 14:07

      I agree fully, Vd Heever brought a new dimension to the Bull's backline. Good defence and solid under high ball. Riaan Viljoen can kick but his other play seems to be very predictable. Solid provincial player. He had his opportunity, but could not step up. F Steyn is still the best option though.

  • Ockie - 2011-05-23 11:17

    It will be a close battle. Both teams are in form at the moment. May the best team win. Also a couple of nice match-ups like Sarel aginst the Hougaardt. Cheetah scrum against the Bulls, etc. (Often supporters make the mistake of just comparing the props, but scrumming is about how well 8 men do the job, not just the tight 5.)

      ARRA - 2011-05-23 11:49

      Ockie you are so correct-the Bulls definitely got the better of most of the scrums against the so called Springbok/Shark frontrow so yes I think this one would be a cracker

  • Boels - 2011-05-23 11:35

    It's about bleddie time that the Cheetahs realise that they are allowed to play competitive rugby on this level and not just in the CC. Hopefully the Lions take note and will wake up as well. SA Rugby needs all the franchises to be competitive to really dominate world rugby.

  • Frederik - 2011-05-23 11:47

    Ag wat die is nou weer een van daai naweke wat alle guppies(sharkies), en die basters van die kaap nou weer vinnig cheeta truie gaan koop met die hoop dat die cheetas gaan wen, dis eintlik so pathetic maar dan ook moer lekker om `n bul te wees want mense wil mens net so graag wen en oor die algemeen kry hulle dit nie reg nie. maar ja shame sucks to be you

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 11:59

      @Frederik - It's too damn bad that stupidity isn't painful.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 13:20

      SAFFA you should be thankful.

      watalife - 2011-05-23 13:26

      "en die basters van die kaap" Please look into your family tree you will see that your family started off in the Kaap when your Oom Jan Van Riebeek made his family mark in the Hottentots (spell check) village. Now that you have beaten one side ranked higher than you on the log you get all Kleva Ne?

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 13:34

      En watalife, toe oom Jan die dame wat in sy kombuis werk steek, toe word jou agter ouma grooitjie gebore.

      Frederik - 2011-05-23 13:46

      Ha ha , sorry man got no dutch in thanks!

      watalife - 2011-05-23 13:56

      @Frederik, Oh so now its all classy and comes from colonial times Ne? With a name like Fredrik you surely cant tell me you have no dutch in you.

      JD - 2011-05-23 14:09

      Lloyd wins "THE RETARD OF THE DAY" award. congratulations :-).

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-23 14:20

      @watalife - Are you the guy that stays there in ruyterwacht, drivers an old rusted toyota (so rusted that one can steal it's engine out without opening the bonnet), the toyota with 3 mags and low profile tyres because you couldn't afford the 4the one, the toyota with the bumper sticker "This car is powered by Ford".

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-24 10:37

      JD - no, I vote for you!

  • BoneDaddy - 2011-05-23 12:08

    Jip I love the fact that the Bulls have the underdog badge!!! It works better for them than the 3 times super rugby champs badge.

  • ikilladabull - 2011-05-23 12:33

    Attention Cheetahs!!!!! I like my steaks medium rare. KERF DAAI BULLETJIES OP.

      Frederik - 2011-05-23 13:47

      sjoe, put this guy on trail with Julius. next thing he will be singing kill the boer

      ikilladabull - 2011-05-23 18:32

      Freddy I got a special song just for you. It's called "kill the d00s"..........and you put somebody on trial, not on trail, unless of course they're going hiking, genius.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-24 10:45

      @ikilladabull - just like the Sharks did? I would love to see you kill me, I am a Bull.

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  • Lou - 2011-05-23 13:51

    Ek dink mense moet die hele Bulls Cheetahs game net bietjie in perspektief bring. Die eerste punt wat ek wil maak is dat die Cheetahs het n rekord 4de agter eenvolgende oorwinning in die super rugby reeks behaal, dis n myl paal vir hulle en ek is seker daar is groot ophef daaroor gemaak voor en na hulle game. Ek hoop net nie die hele ophef oor die 4de oorwinng het nou n demper op hulle geplaas nie. Dit gebeur in sport dat daar mylpale bereik word en dan verloor die span of persoon skielik stoom. Ek stry nie die Cheetahs speel pragtige rugby op die oomblik maar hulle moet nogsteeds eerder fokus op die game wat gespeel moet word, want om die Mighty Bulls aantepak en te wen is nie net sommer opdaag en speel nie maar harde werk.

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-23 14:24

      Jip Lou, Stormers herinner ons gereeld daaraan.

  • Eric - 2011-05-23 14:37

    Here comes all the Bulls bashers out of the woodworx, like so many rats

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 15:10

      At least we are classy, well bred rats.......

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-23 16:08

      classy or not - you are still rats

  • jan du preeaz - 2011-05-24 19:15

    o jinne, die cheetas wen skielik drie games nou is hulle champs... die bulls gaan die ou klomp vetties n' rugby les leer saterdag. bulls met 12

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