Naka: More of the same please

2012-05-16 07:46

Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has called on his pack of forwards to play with the same intensity against the Sharks as they in the second half against the Stormers.

The Cheetahs trailed 16-0 at half-time at Newlands last week but came out a completely different side in the second period, dominating the Stormers up front. In the end they were perhaps a tad unlucky to lose 16-14.

This weekend they host the Sharks in Bloemfontein and the coach wants a repeat of that second half in Cape Town.

"We dominated in the second half at Newlands and would need to do the same against the Sharks," he told Volksblad.

The Sharks themselves boast a pretty impressive pack. With prop Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira, flank Jean Deysel and eighthman Ryan Kankowski all back from injury, they are sure to pose a big threat to the men from Bloemfontein. The fact that Springbok loose forward Willem Alberts failed to make their 22-man squad the last two weeks is testimony of their quality.

Drotské expects the Sharks to come with a physical onslaught and especially to target the breakdown area. The Sharks have played Deysel and Kankowski as impact loosies in the last while, which means Cheetahs loose forward Ashley Johnson will again play a big role as impact player off the bench.

The Cheetahs currently lie in 10th position on 27 points, with the Sharks holding the last playoff spot at sixth on 36 points.

A loss for Drotské's men would surely mean the end of any slim hopes they still had of reaching the playoffs.


  • Harold - 2012-05-16 07:33

    Sorry Naka, maybe with a different ref.

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-16 08:18

      ...EN met 'n wen oor di paddavisse asb VRYSTAAAAAAAAAAT!

  • Tokolos - 2012-05-16 07:56


  • John - 2012-05-16 08:13

    Everyone love's cheetahs rugby......just lacking experience to go all the way but give them a few years and a defensive coach and they will be up there......

      Danie - 2012-05-16 09:17

      John,thanks vir daai een.....n defensive coach..........hahaha...... my arme span wil dit nie juis sien nie...haha.... Go States.......

  • Craig - 2012-05-16 09:11

    The Cheetahs have a good side and have played some quality rugby for a so called 'smaller union.' Should be a great game, but I think the Sharks have a bit much fire power, and seem to be on the up since their bye. But then, you can very predict a Sharks vs Cheetahs game. Strange things have happened.

  • Francois - 2012-05-16 10:16

    I really enjoy the way this team is playing, hope the pick up a few wins along the way. Go Cheaters!

  • whusselmann - 2012-05-17 19:59

    The Cheetahs is definitely the most exciting team to watch of all the South African teams. If they can win this one they will definitely be right up there with the Stormers and the Bulls,especially if they can do it in Goosens absence.If one however look at the Sharks last game and all the players that came back from injury i cannot see the Cheetahs winning. This mountain is their Everest and i just don t think they have what it takes to beat the Sharks.The Cheetahs pack and especially the frontrow will be targeted by the Sharks forwards. After a very bad patch of play for Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis and with Beast out for a long time with injury the Sharks know that if they can scrum the Cheetahs into the ground their frontrow will be bankers for the 1,2 and 3 jerseys against England.

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