Naka: Few positives from loss

2012-02-12 18:41

Polokwane - There are only a few positives Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské can take from his rugby side's 39-16 thumping by the Bulls in a warm-up match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, he said on Sunday.

The men from Bloemfontein struggled to get out of the blocks while the Bulls had the lion's share of the possession in the match on Saturday.

The Bulls did most of the attacking, leaving the Cheetahs to defend most of the game.

Drotské's side had their work cut out in the scrums, while their lineouts - normally one of the Cheetahs' strong points - were a total shambles.

With less than two weeks before their first Super Rugby match against the Lions in Johannesburg, Drotské has little time to remedy whatever went wrong against the Bulls.

"We defended well in the first half - good defence is something we pride ourselves on - but that isn't something you can do for 60 or 70 minutes," Drotské said.

"It is a very tiresome thing to do and that is one of the reasons why we lost the game.

"We also couldn't look after our own ball and you can't play rugby without possession."

It was the Bulls' second warm-up match while the Cheetahs came from victories over the Southern Kings and Stormers.

Cheetahs hooker and captain Adriaan Strauss struggled to find locks Izak van der Westhuizen, Andries Ferreira and replacement Francois Uys.

"Our lineouts were very poor indeed - usually it is one of our strengths - and we also made a lot of silly mistakes," said Drotské.

"We definitely have to improve on our performance, no doubt about that.

"It's a warm-up game so luckily we can go back and work on what went wrong."

Youngsters like flyhalf Johan Goosen, fullback Willie le Roux and scrumhalf Piet van Zyl did particularly well against an experienced Bulls side.

Goosen made a huge contribution, scoring all the Cheetahs' points, which included a brilliant individual try.

"Youngsters like Johan played well as individuals, but as a team we put in a poor effort," Drotské said.

"We lacked any intensity on attack. Hopefully we can bounce back and be ready for our first official game against the Lions."


  • Dawie - 2012-02-12 18:55

    Well at least you nailed the Stormers Naka. But then again, most high school teams will overpower the Stormer pack.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-12 21:22

      Ek dink daar's n laerskool spannetjie of 2 wat ook met die Stormers sal mors.

      Bootman - 2012-02-12 23:33

      Ja nee kyk, taamlike paar mofkoppe in die WP skrum. Vodacom vir die Stormers volgende jaar

      Will - 2012-02-13 04:25

      Most primary school teams can attack better than the bulls, that's how pathetic their attack is. Looks like the bulls will be top contenders for last place this year in the SA conference.

      Jason - 2012-02-13 06:42

      The bulls played well but the Cheetahs had a very off game. Either way the Stormers are going to clean them both out during real game time

      Bootman - 2012-02-13 16:05

      @Ugly Jason I love it when you post, what an excellent laugh reading your brainless reasoning and then that face of yours. Holy!

  • Tillie - 2012-02-12 20:16

    Seriously, I think the only Naka can do, is to stop convening in Caramelo's or Cafe at Preller's, because seriously, dude, you should have get your players out on the field since November. Forget your coffee breaks and forget the girls, if you want to win something, you have to work on it and at least 7 to 8 hours a day - on the field or at the stadium.

      peter.britz1 - 2012-02-12 20:32

      daft cooment indeed

  • Bootman - 2012-02-12 20:35

    Dont worry Naka. The Bulls got lucky. You guys just had a bad day at the office. Besides, why would you put everything into a game that means nothing? Only the Bulls are that dumb.

      Blou-Daan - 2012-02-12 21:00

      Bootman........??? Sound like you feel sorry for Naka, why don’t you set up a meeting with him and share with him all your secrets on how the Stormers won multiple Super cups, because by the way you carry on it sound like you support a team that won many cups in the last eleven years.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-12 21:24

      I suppose the Stormers/WP treat semi's/finals the same as warm up games. They never seem to give it their all.

      Bootman - 2012-02-12 21:24 30years time you stupid bull supporters will still be talking about the 3 super-cups you won waaaaaaaaaay back in the day. By that time the Stormers would have won ten, The sharks 8, The Cheatahs 5 and even the Lions and the Kings 4 each. You'll be 80 years old, falling asleep under a piece of cardboard smelling of urine in the entrance of a bottle store going......"dit was goeie tye daai"

      Nico - 2012-02-12 21:57

      ummm Bootman, as a LION supporter and a resident in Cape Town, that actually sound like the average Stormer supporter, still falling back to the amateur days when u guys won 5 CC's in a row and the most CC's in history. win something, ANYTHING, then you can make comments like that!

      Blou-Daan - 2012-02-12 22:29

      Bootman......??? What are you on.....??? I am worried about you :-/

      Dawie - 2012-02-12 23:01

      @Bootman Jy is duidelik 'n WP twat. Hoor wie praat, "Ons het die goue jare gehad" Ja maar ons het in die 1800's 'n paar CC gewen ( toe die kompetisie OP en Griekwas was). JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

  • Bootman - 2012-02-12 23:21

    Hi All, Just wanted to say I woke up, all sober now! Please ignore my previous intoxicated posts. Eventhough I support WP/Stormers, I have to admit they can't even start to compare with the mighty Bulls. Who can argue with 3 Supercups, 4.5 CC and 3 Vodacoms in the last decade versus ZERO. And the mighty Bulls look like they'll do it again this year I thinking of becoming a Bull, I also want to get a little pleasure out of my rugby

      Bootman - 2012-02-13 07:26

      Wow you copied my profile. I think I should feel honoured because you went through all the trouble. I must be getting to you.

      Bootman - 2012-02-13 16:04

      @Fake Bootman Go away

  • Will - 2012-02-13 04:22

    "The Bulls did most of the attacking." I must be dreaming, the bulls and their supporters dont know the real meaning of attacking rugby. It should really be "The Bulls did most of the kicking."

      Abri - 2012-02-13 09:47

      I suppose the Cheetahs made 4 times as many tackles as the Bulls, on the balls the Bulls kicked, eh Will? Don't know if you were dreaming - but you definitely didn't watch the game, making nonsensical comments like that. If you sledge, try to seem at least a littlle more intelligent and entertaining...

      Bootman - 2012-02-13 16:21

      @Will And won 39-16!

  • Bootman - 2012-02-13 16:03

    @Will Jy like mans! En die hoedjie??? Wat 'n pyl is jy nie

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