Cheetahs target Oz clashes

2012-03-08 17:15

Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské says their first two games on tour - against Australian teams - will be essential in their Super Rugby season.

The Cheetahs start their Australasian tour with a clash against the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday before taking on the Rebels in Melbourne next Sunday. And Drotské believes these two games, admittedly their two "easier" clashes on tour, will be vital before they fly over to New Zealand to take on the Crusaders and the Hurricanes.

“We have to try and win some games on this tour. There will always be pressure and our focus will be to handle it.

“The first two matches, against the Brumbies and the Rebels, will be very important for us. The Brumbies have lost a heap of experienced players and the Rebels are still rather new in Super Rugby. We need to compensate for the two defeats this season," said Drotské.

On the surface it might look like an uphill battle, but the Cheetahs will go into Saturday’s match against two-time champions, the Brumbies, buoyed by the knowledge that they can win in Australia.

Looking at the stats between the teams, the Brumbies clearly have the upper hand. The Free Staters have never won in the Australian capital in three visits and have only won this corresponding fixture two times out of six.

And while it’s taken them 11 games since 2006, the Cheetahs proved last year in Sydney that they can win Down Under when they shocked the Waratahs by 23-3 - to date their only victory in Australia in 12 attempts. They also scored a good victory against the Brumbies in Bloemfontein.

After conceding six tries to the Bulls last weekend, the Cheetahs will have an improvement on defence in mind when they take on the team now coached by Jake White, who led the Boks to the Rugby World Cup in 2007.

The clash kicks off at 06:35 (SA time) on Saturday.


15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Pat McCabe, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Ita Vaea, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Ben Hand, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Scott Fardy, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Zack Holmes, 22 Joseph Toman

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cameron Jacobs, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 George Earl, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Trevor Nyakane, 17 Hercu Liebenberg, 18 Davon Raubenheimer, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Rayno Benjamin


  • Leeu - 2012-03-08 16:48

    staan terug vir die manne in wit comman cheetahs wys die ausies sheep shahahahagers wies baas

  • Tino - 2012-03-08 17:54

    die dag wanneer die vrystaat die ou pos is die dag wanneer die span iewers gaan kom. maar nou ja, dit sal seker gebeur wanneer die kings hulle plek vat in 2013

      Warren - 2012-03-08 18:45

      You are right!

      peter.britz1 - 2012-03-09 07:25

      Tosser! Last year he was praised for the Cheetahs exciting play, now after two losses he is bad again. How fickle is that!

      Warren - 2012-03-09 11:55

      @ peter.britz1: Tell me when is a coach praised for playing exciting loosing rugby? Please read Robert's comment below. See, no childish name calling.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-08 19:13

    THe rebels are there for the taking..O' Connor made an errror going there and so did Beale

  • Jack - 2012-03-08 21:19

    Go Cheetahs!!!

  • Robert - 2012-03-09 09:51

    Naka took over a champion team and has done nothing since. He (Naka) said the Cheetahs were looking at a top 6 placing this year, what a joke. Goosen means nothing to the team at the bottom of the ruck, this is a sure way to get your best chance of points injured. Also nobody believes that Sias Ebersohn is the best no2 flyhalf in the Cheetahs area. Sooner or later Robert will decide that he cannot look after his brother anymore and leave the Cheetahs. Naka does not have the guts to drop him Sias. What ever happened to the Free State Craven Week centres of last year, why did they decide to rather play rugby in Pretoria. If all the Cheetah players are called in from around the country no team would touch them. Toyota pumped in enough money and all the supporters have to endure this trash. Has Brendan Venter ever been approached for the job of coach? Or are the management too afraid that he will rock their boat. The day Naka is fired and a decent coach employed do not expect anything better than relagation out of the Super 15.

  • Adam - 2012-03-10 08:57


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