Naka: We committed suicide

2012-04-30 15:33

Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has slammed the poor commitment his players is showing on defence.

The Cheetahs threw away a 30-9 second half lead to eventually lose 33-36 against the Highlanders at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.

With two minutes remaining replacement flyhalf Sias Ebersohn missed a penalty from right out in front which would have given the men from Bloemfontein the victory. Instead, the Highlanders kicked up-field and won a penalty themselves, which replacement flyhalf Chris Noakes converted to snatch an unlikely victory.

But, despite Ebersohn's blunder, Drotské feels they should never have been in that position in the first instance.

"Our plan was to be in their faces throughout but we couldn't execute. Eight or nine guys maintained decent speed off the line while defending, but the others waited and gave them space. It is suicide against a team with such dangerous backline players," Drotské told Volksblad.

The Cheetahs will now regroup before taking on the Force at home on Saturday night.


  • Generaal - 2012-04-30 15:49

    What a dissapointment this game was. Just when I thought the Cheetahs were in control.... The Cheetahs play an exciting style of rugby, and have been for years, and I enjoy watching them. Unfortunately they just cannot seem to crack it in Super Rugby. And personally I put the blame for that with the coach. Sorry Naka, you did some great things for Cheetah rugby, and at times they looked promising, but they are not going anywhere. I think it is time the Free State should look at fresh coaching staff...

      Jean - 2012-04-30 15:52

      I think they just need a proper defensive coach, like Nienaber! Still an exciting team to watch!

      Jack - 2012-04-30 16:10

      They lack the funds to build a really good team that can hold onto its quality players (or afford a good coach). It is amazing though to think that two quality CC teams make up this team. No other team in SA has these resources...

      Benn - 2012-05-01 02:19

      Here we go about the "lack of funds" Bulldust!! They now have a very good sponsor and their cash flow is on par with, the Pinkies in Tshwane, the guppies in Durban and the light breeze in CT . Despite this loss, they can still end in the top 5-6. How can Drotske be held accountable for a complete breakdown in concentration. And dont forget that the ref, Marius Dronker, yet again, played a role.

      colin.steyn.5 - 2012-05-01 05:53

      I don't blame Naka. The team was just plain slapgat in the second half.

  • Helgard - 2012-04-30 15:52

    Naka the problem is not that the defense was poor the problem is every time we are in front your game plan changes to defense instead of finishing the other team off by playing the same running rugby that got you the lead. This has been the case over and over. You can't expect the guys to defend against a running team for 40 min.

      Generaal - 2012-04-30 16:02

      Akoord! But this is a South African thing and most of our teams play like that. Take my Stormers for instance. Their approach is to defend and forcing the opposing team to make mistakes. It works great for them if they control the whole game and lead from the front, but like we have seen so many times (mostly in the semi finals and finals), when they are behind from the start and the pressure is on them to chase the lead, it is much harder and they struggle.

      Rinus - 2012-04-30 18:18

      Helgard, 6 games met minder as 7 punte - jy slaan die spyker op die kop!! Of dit, of hulle maak almal geld op sportbetting! :-)

      colin.steyn.5 - 2012-05-01 06:05

      Hier moet ek saamstem met die algemene Suid-Afrikaanse tendens van negatiewe verdedigende rugby, En ek dink die Stormers (ook my span) is BAIE meer skuldig hieraan as die Cheetahs. Dis asof hulle nie glo dat hulle drieê kan druk nie. Wat Cheetahs betref, hulle het briljant begin, ook redelik in die verdediging. Jammer, ek dink nie dis die coach nie. Naka kry reg (in terme van positiewe rugby-benadering) wat GEEN ander afrigter in SA regkry nie. They are fighting well above their weight because of that. Weereens, hulle het net eenvoudig oorgerus geraak en laat slaplê. En as daardie "complacency" eers ingekruip het bly dit sit vir die res van die wedstryd.

  • Willie - 2012-04-30 16:00

    Naka.......It is time that you step down.

      Warren - 2012-04-30 17:50

      Naka out.... Brendan Venter in.

      Burtfred - 2012-04-30 18:26

      Brendan is a bulging ball of ego. Better he goes and practices medicine.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-30 20:10

      @Burtfred Please not that, if you think his rugby is pathetic you should see his medicine. Arrogante klein twat

  • Staal - 2012-04-30 16:32

    Losing in the dying minutes of the game so many times (it happens so often it has become inevitable) points to a team that is not sufficiently fit at this level. Enough said!

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-30 16:52

      Sheez! I hear you, but how can you allow yourself not to be superfit at this level? Watch the UEFA and FA cup soccer players - and they probably do a lot more running and chasing than a rugby player. If you're not fit, then you should not make the team. And the coach must ensure all his palyers are top-notch.

      syd.rose - 2012-04-30 18:15

      It is amazing how often over the last year or two how often the Cheetahs have lost by less than 5 points. How many times when this happened was Smit captain ? Just asking

      Bootman - 2012-04-30 18:19

      Zero times..............because Smit doesnt play for the Cheetahs.

  • Staal - 2012-04-30 16:32

    Losing in the dying minutes of the game so many times (it happens so often it has become inevitable) points to a team that is not sufficiently fit at this level. Enough said!

  • Bootman - 2012-04-30 16:55

    If Naka was black he would've been labelled a quota coach, BEE appointee and would have been fired ages ago. Naka you can thank your lucky stars your name is not Nqaka.

      bfvillet - 2012-04-30 17:13

      hahaha good one

  • Rinus - 2012-04-30 18:16

    Hoekom bedank jy nie net nie????? Mees oninspirerende coach in die geskiedenis van SA rugby....

      colin.steyn.5 - 2012-05-01 06:13

      Dis twak

  • Danie - 2012-04-30 18:36

    who ever made the call to replace fly-half needs to be blamed, amature decision what a joke

      Niel - 2012-04-30 19:08

      Did u watch the game? Goosen wasn't replaced, he was injured, carried off on a stretcher

      dave.reyneke - 2012-04-30 21:06

      Danie....Ai ou maat, kom bietjie by. Die "flyhalf" is nie ge "replace" nie...hy (Johan Goosen) is beseer en daarom vervang

      allblacksfanatic - 2012-05-01 06:33

      Hahahahahahahaahahahaaa!!! Stop smoking weed!!! #Idiot

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-30 20:07

    Naka moet hard teen die kop gebl!ksem raak

  • colin.steyn.5 - 2012-05-01 06:25

    Voordat ek beledig word (dis mos iets wat News24 kommentators die heel beste kan doen). Dink 'n bietjie oor die volgende : Watter SA span druk die meeste drieë ? - nie die Stormers Watter span lyk elke keer gevaarlik as hulle op aanval is ? - nie Stormers Watter SA span glo dat hulle drieê kan druk ? - nie Stormers Maak geen fout - Stormers is my span Maar die Cheetahs (met hulle baie beperkings) is DIE SA span wat konstant positewe rugby speel oor die laaste paar jaar. Wil julle vir my së Naka het GEEN aandeel daarin nie ? Ek dink meer van hom as 'n afrigter as Allister Coetzee, wat ook maar nie veel het om te wys nie. Verdedinging mag jou dalk in 'n finaal bring, maar dit wen nie bekers nie. Naka het vir seker sy foute, maar ek dink dis net ontstelde emosies wat nou sy kop eis. better the devil you know . . . .

      Niel - 2012-05-01 09:30

      Ek stem saam met jou maar die probleem is net die cheetahs druk baie driee en speel opwindend maar waar die stormers teveel na die defence kant toe is, is die cheetahs weer teveel na die aanval kant toe, die crusaders is die perfekte voorbeeld van daai balans en dis iets wat ons sa spanne moet leer. Die cheetahs moet weer vertroue in hulle spel kry en nie hulle game plan heeltyd verander as hulle begin voor loop nie

  • virgilioc - 2012-05-01 06:41

    The problem is Naka, plain and simple. What happened against the highlander has been happening all the time under Naka. Coaching change for sure! Oh and Sias, if he doesnt start performing, drop him. Its shocking how hes been playing, no form, no confidence or is it not the team he wants to be at? Maybe he should go to the Sardines.

      ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-05-01 08:04

      To hard on the lad, everyone is making a fus over Goosen and to expect him(Sias)to perform after a season on the bench is not on, Naka should have given him more game time, he did not manage the 2 correctly hence the injury

  • Roelof - 2012-05-01 09:07

    No Naka - not we - you did.

  • Pieter - 2012-05-01 10:12

    They played a real team thats why they lost!!

  • Keith - 2012-05-01 18:36

    Naka must go for the Cheetahs to reach their full potential.For their attacking prowess the accolade must go to the best backline coach in SA-Hawies. Their forwards under Os is doing not that bad but allow Os to go farm.Get a new head coach and you'll see the Cheetahs will be S15 champs one of these years.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-05-03 08:42

    hopefully FS will wake up and employ john mitchell when the lions move to the kings!! everybody is so sick and tired of naka. that entire clan must go, incl os..

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