Drotské: No excuse for loss

2011-04-18 11:21

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein – Cheetahs defence coach Michael Horak can do what he wants, but the team won’t get anywhere if the players aren’t prepared to tackle their opponents.

That was the view of Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské after his team was robbed of a victory and condemned to defeat in the dying stages of Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes.

The visitors clinched victory with the 11th try of the game seconds before the end to win 50-47.

Drotské said that there was no excuse for the loss. His team have suffered a host of narrow defeats in this year’s tournament. He believes his team’s tackling was not good enough and some tough questions need to be asked of the coaching staff and especially the players.

The Cheetahs’ defence was so poor at times that it appeared as if they either did not want to win or were involved in match-fixing.

The poor defence detracted from a good attacking performance by Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, who scored a hat-trick of tries.

“There is no doubt that we made the Hurricanes look good. We were good on attack, but let them back in with soft tries every time we scored,” said Drotské.

“I can think of three or four tries where one-on-one defence cost us. I can also think of two tries where Hurricanes wing Hosea Gear bumped off two or three players. That is unacceptable.

“Michael Horak could have any system in place, but if a player does not execute his man-on-man defence and tackles his opponent, it won’t help.”

The Cheetahs were unlucky in some other matches, but Drotské believes this defeat was only down to poor defence.

“We have now lost six games with less than seven points and have to take it on the chin. The reason for that is not just bad luck.”

The coach believes the players have to accept responsibility.

“How do you defend one-on-one defence at this level. You can’t teach a player to tackle from scratch,” said Drotské.

“We have to go and find the reasons that it happened. Is it perhaps because out team changes every week because of injuries or simply a case of us not being good enough at this level?”

Hurricanes captain Andrew Hore believes both teams defended poorly.

“It was one of those games where you would be very happy to be an attack coach. A defence coach will probably be pulling his hair out in frustration,” said Hore.


  • gooinat - 2011-04-18 11:28

    And what did Ollie Le Roux say last week........

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-18 11:37

      EXACTLY what I was going to say @Gooinat.... Which is why I say again, playing this incredible attacking rugga is great to watch and everyone oohs and aahs at the appropriate times - BUT it helps ZERO, NADA, NIKS when you don't win a game....and you can't defend for toffee apples. I will not blame Sarel P for that final pass that caused the stuffup, its a team stuff up when tackles were being missed from kickoff. And Naka HAS to shoulder most of the blame, as this isn't a new problem. Last week they missed what 25 plus tackles, this week even worse.....Naka moet plan maak. (Betya Ollie is giggling)

      mummford - 2011-04-18 11:57

      Dont give a dam what people say about our Stormers with regards to our attacking and not scoring tries.90 %We are where we are due to our defense.Our defense is so well organised we leave very little room for the opposition to execute any type of move. We closed down the Lions so well that even Joel was saying their attacking lines are so easy to read.Against the Cheetahs the Lions probably would have pierced the gaps more often.

      roboman1 - 2011-04-18 12:09

      This is not what Ollie the the fatso said last week, He as attacking the coaches not the players per se. Ollie was more trying to cause disharmony between coaches and players. What Naka is saying here, and I agree with him, the individual players did not perform their duties, the defesive system and coaching is fine, but the individual needs to actually make the tackle

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-18 13:09

      @roboman - I know Ollie is troublemaker of note. But even if players are missing tackles WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT, the buck has to stop with the coach...end of.

      StBad - 2011-04-18 13:19

      @mummford: when did this become about the Stormers?

  • ZOLLAZAP - 2011-04-18 13:40

    Mummford ,jy is deur die K@K

  • Willem - 2011-04-18 22:53

    whatever the comments, surely it comes down to who is ultimatley responsible, the defense coach or his Boss the "Head Coach" of is ek verkeerd Naka? Maklik om die skuld op iemand anders te plaas?

      Bernie - 2011-04-19 01:38

      Why use tag/touch rugby for training????? go back to basics... tackle take the man to ground then he has to release the ball. penalise for poor performance, the Cheetahs have the ability to win they just need to regain the confidence. From an expat supporter

  • Roasty - 2011-04-19 09:31

    If the assistant coach/team defence is not performing....and this isin't a new problem it has been an problem for aVERY LONG time and Naka is just identifying this as an error NOW, then maybe and JUST MAYBE he should be looked at and reconcidered as coach,becuase every one in coaching reports to him.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-04-19 09:37

    They must focus to win. They should have kept the ball in hand and just make 80 minutes and then kick out. Very disappointed 2 hour only Cheetahs supporters club fan. Bulls forever!

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