Cheetahs upbeat ahead of tour

2012-03-04 18:54

Bloemfontein - After their hammering of 51-19 at the hands of the Bulls in a Super Rugby match on Saturday, the Cheetahs boarded their plane for Australasia knowing that they have to make some sort of mind shift.

The side risks finishing at the bottom of the log and even being chucked out of the competition to make way for the Southern Kings.

The Bloemfontein-based side were completely dominated by the Bulls forward pack.

Poor defence and decision making combined with an impressive defensive performance by the Bulls saw the hosts struggling from the word go.

The Bulls scored no less than six tries, a harsh reminder that the Cheetahs defence wasn't up to scratch.

"We played a good kicking game, but we were nowhere near good enough on defence. We also allowed the Bulls to get far too many turnovers," Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke praised his charges for their good defence against the Cheetahs.

The Bulls will play the Blues next at Loftus Versfeld and will be looking to build on the momentum gained from their wins over the Sharks and Cheetahs.

"We are willing to work hard for each other and that makes all the difference. We approach every game differently and take it week by week" Bulls stand-in captain Chiliboy Ralepele said.

"The competition doesn't get any easier with us playing the Blues next week. But we are just going to regroup and look ahead to the game at Loftus."

Cheetahs hooker and captain Adriaan Strauss scored his team's only try after Bulls scrumhalf Francois Hougaard was red carded for a dangerous tackle on Robert Ebersohn.

Hougaard received a one-week ban from SANZAR's duty judicial officer Mike Heron on Sunday.

Strauss said the team were disappointed with their performance and conceded that the Bulls were tactically better than they were.

"They came at us with numerous attacks and we had to defend a great deal, and that tired us out," said Strauss.

"When we got into their half we just could not hold on to the ball, while their defence were also very good."

The Cheetahs will face the Brumbies in their first match of the Australasian tour followed by the Melbourne Rebels.

Strauss said they were looking forward to the tour and would ratify the mistakes they made against the Bulls.

"Overall we could have done better, and we didn't," said Strauss.

"We now face a tough tour, but the guys are positive about that, especially after we did so well on tour last season.

"We know we can win on tour, so we're looking forward to playing abroad."


  • Jason - 2012-03-04 19:41

    Poor bastards. Good luck guys.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-04 20:50

    It's like saying the Stormers are "upbeat" about their last 11 years

      Bootman - 2012-03-04 22:17

      Pieter tell us how many cups the Bulls have won and how long the Stormers have been cupless. I find it very interesting.

      Saffa - 2012-03-04 22:57

      3 super cups, 4th coming up. How long the Stromers? For ever, they've never won a Super cup. But they are the best

      Bootman - 2012-03-04 23:26

      Pieter did you just give yourself a thumbs up? Thats pathetic dude. It actually borders on insane. How lonely do you have to be to make a comment and then "like" the comment you made. The word "psycho" comes to mind.

      hugo.naude - 2012-03-05 00:54

      Cupless .... Streak .... mmmm ... this language might just sound suggestive to a Shark ...

      Riaan Du Toit - 2012-03-05 08:17

      @Bootman, @Saffa. Every article that is posted you people are at each other’s throats about absolute nonsense. Why don’t you just add each other on Skype, MSN or whatever you use? That way both of you can fight all day like the children you are and we do not have to read about it.

      Jimmy - 2012-03-05 09:49

      Bootman and Saffa why don't you peanuts just get lost? Your I.Q. =00

  • Patrick - 2012-03-05 07:07

    atleast they "beat"ing sumthing!!!

  • Ockie - 2012-03-05 07:13

    Best of luck for the tour guys. I wish you well.

  • Rinus - 2012-03-05 07:24

    Played a good kicking game? I thought it is the Bulls' unimaginative style to play a "good kicking game"? Sorry Cheetahs, you are my second team, but you need to drop Naka in Madagascar on your way to Aus. He has managed to coach your team out of talent, which there is plenty of!

      Charles - 2012-03-05 07:46

      I can't agree more, Rinus. The Cheetahs have been going nowhere under Naka. He took over a winning team from Rassie and it's been downhill since then. The Cheetahs were pathetic on Saturday and after that showing I don't hold much hope for the overseas part of their S15 campaign.

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-05 10:14

      In all honesty, my beloved Cheetahs are really p1ssing me off. They need to get with the program otherwise they will be no more. It is becoming increasinly difficult to support them when they play like they did on Saturday. Naka needs to go. We need a coach who is actually a coach. We need a thinking man. I dont think Naka has it.

      Rinus - 2012-03-05 10:49

      Anybody knows where Rassie is? I don't think the Province structures made it easy for him and the Cheetahs should eat humble pie and beg him to return!

  • Francois - 2012-03-05 07:47

    Die Kings sou wragtig Saterdag beter gevaar het; hulle het in elk geval n beter pak as die Vrystaat!!

      HennieduPles - 2012-03-05 08:57

      Francois Die Kings sou seker met 80 punte teen die Bulls verloor het. As die Bulle aanhou speel soos Saterdag gaan hulle weer in die finaal speel. Awesome Bulls ! Well done.

  • Jan - 2012-03-05 09:32

    Sterkte Cheetahs, julle gaan dit nodig he na sterdag se vertoning, tog kan julle kan 2 uit 4 wen (Brumbies, Rebels, Crusaders, Hurricanes). Dink Naka het dalk een jaar te lank aangebly as Afrigter?

  • verweyc - 2012-03-05 10:16

    @ saffa maybe the stormers have never won a Super Cup, and yes well done to the Bulls, but at least the stormers have never ended a season without winning any games. This is something only the Bulls and Lions can claim.

      Jan - 2012-03-05 10:54

      ???When you look back 10 years from now, Stormers will still not have won anything, LOSERS!

  • Joe Trauernicht - 2012-03-05 22:06

    As 'n span nie 'n gameplan het nie, dan is dit net die has been coach en sy trawante se skuld! Raak ontslae van Naka en kie en dan kan die Vrystaat weer rugby begin speel. Saterdag se game het my sooibrand gegee!

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