Ludik: Cheetahs always tough

2011-06-01 19:51

Durban - Sharks fullback Louis Ludik says they are looking forward to their highly anticipated clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.   

The Sharks face the Cheetahs in the first of three away derby games this Saturday, and according to Sharks website editor, Mike Marnewick, they know full well that this is not a game they will have an easy time of, given the history between the two sides and the fact that the Bloemfontein side are playing really good rugby right now.

"We're definitely looking forward to the game against the Cheetahs this weekend. These derbies are always very physical and it's going to be tough," said Ludik.

"Sias and Robert Ebersohn have been playing very well, Frans Viljoen as well. Unfortunately for them Andries Strauss is out injured because he's been excellent. They've picked up good form, had some wins and have been playing their best rugby in a long time. They're really on a high and we're going to have to be at our best.”

His counterpart, Riaan Viljoen, who played two tour matches for the Springboks at the end of year tour in 2009, has been in good form for the Cheetahs.

"I've been watching him for a couple of years now, he's been playing very well, especially in the air, he's very good there," said Ludik.

"His overall play is good, he has a big boot on him so we can't give him ball in space. He's very quick and his all over game has been developing."

Meanwhile, the mood in their camp is one of optimism and excitement following an important win over the Waratahs and with three derby games lying ahead for his team.   

"This was a very good win for us, especially after the disappointment of the Bulls' game," said Ludik.

"The morale within the team is high and we picked up lot of confidence from the Waratahs' game.

"There were a lot more positives than negatives."


15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Viljoen, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corne Uys, 11 Philip Snyman, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Riaan Smit



  • Lloyd - 2011-06-01 19:58

    Go Cheetahs!!!

      MrMojoRising - 2011-06-01 22:10

      Stem saam met jou vir 'n slag.

      Lloyd - 2011-06-01 22:25

      Beteken dit ons is nou vriende?

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-02 06:03

      Cheetahs don't need your support. Ek dink ook die Cheetahs behoort te wen, maar nou gaan ek maar se GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-06-01 20:18

    Ek glo die Vrystaat gaan die een wen !

      Lloyd - 2011-06-01 22:11

      Ek en jy support dieselfde spannetjie hierdie naweek.

      Paul - 2011-06-02 07:37

      100% agter die Cheethas die naweek. Kan waaratig nie wag nie. Kan nie sien hoe die Sharks die ene kan wen n Bull ondersteuner maak dit NATUUTLIK saak dat die Cheetas gat skop, wat hulle NATUURLIK gaan doen. GOOOOOOOO CHEETHAS

  • GraemeBB - 2011-06-01 20:50

    Oh - dont forget Johnson. He is pure animal!! I think the Cheetahs can bag a win this weekend, and the Sharks will need to lift their game to get a win. Being a Bull, I am shouting for the Cheetahs - but if the Sharks pull it off, I will be happy for them.

  • BLOUBOK - 2011-06-01 20:55

    Cheetahs gaan die BULLS n guns doen die naweek.

      Frikkie - 2011-06-01 22:52

      Hoor Hoor!!!

      JoeStormer - 2011-06-01 23:28

      Asseblif Bloubok, doen die bulle 'n guns. Ek weet die Stormers sidder om te dink

      JJRR - 2011-06-02 07:09

      Hierdie naweek en as die Strompies in Bloemfontein speel. HE HA!!!

  • brinjal - 2011-06-01 23:31

    Cheetas will meet their match this weekend and come down to earth.

  • Marcell - 2011-06-02 05:24

    As 'n Bul ondersteuner sal ek hierdie wedstryd dophou en RUGBY ondersteun aangesien my span nie speel nie. Al wat ek vra is 'n skoon wedstryd en 'n wakker onpartydige wedstryd beampte. Mag die beste span wen!

  • JJRR - 2011-06-02 07:08

    Respek! Dit is wat die Bulle vir die Cheetahs het en met reg ook!

  • The_Fox - 2011-06-02 07:59

    My picks for the weekend: 'Landers to beat Force by 8 Stormers to beat Rebels by 9 Bulls to beat 'Tahs by 7 'Canes to beat Lions by 5 Blues to beat Chiefs by 4 Reds to beat Brumbies by 15 Cheetahs to beat Sharks by 7

      Paul - 2011-06-02 08:05

      Nie bad nie. Ek sal net verskil met die Bulls game. Dink dit gaan met 14 punte of meer wees.Iets soos 37-19

  • WIllie Botha - 2011-06-02 08:31

    Sharks gaan die een vat - ek twyfel glad nie. Go boys! Ons is reg agter julle! Sharks Forever!!

  • Scaramouche - 2011-06-02 08:52

    ......"Frans Viljoen as well" ..... What?! Frans Viljoen who has played about 34 minutes of Super rugby this year due to injuries??? I think the Cheetahs are a complete unknown entity if the Sharks think big Frans is still playing and they will not know what hit them on Saturday! They probably think Gysie Pienaar and Eben Jansen is playing as well!!!

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