Cheetahs tough to beat - Kaino

    2015-02-24 08:20

    Cape Town - Blues captain Jerome Kaino says his team will have to improve their game when they tackle the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this Friday.

    The Blues started their two-match tour of South Africa with a 27-16 loss against the Stormers at Newlands last Saturday.

    With an All Blacks-laden match-day squad and exciting young players, Kaino was disappointed with their performance against the Cape Town side.

    He believes they will need to improve if they want to stand a chance of victory against the Cheetahs at Free State Stadium.

    “We had a number of problem areas against the Stormers, especially when it came to our discipline,” Kaino told MyPlayers. “The Stormers capitalised on this as they took points back home whenever they visited our half, whether it was through a try or a penalty.

    “They kept the scoreboard ticking, and that put so much pressure on us. We struggled to fight back against their strong approach. We will need to be better against the Cheetahs this weekend.”

    Kaino, who was part of the All Blacks’ World Cup-winning squad in 2011 and boasts 56 Test caps for New Zealand, believes the Cheetahs attack will be their biggest threat.

    “The Cheetahs will run you ragged. They are very good with ball in hand, and are always a physical team,” said Kaino.

    “We will need to bulk up on defence and make sure we don’t allow them to build momentum against us. They will be tough to beat on Friday.”

    The Blues will continue their preparations in Cape Town, before leaving for Bloemfontein on Thursday for Friday’s Super Rugby clash.

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