Naka calls for consistency
Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has
called for the same intensity shown against the Stormers when they tackle the Highlanders
in a Super Rugby clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The Cheetahs upset the Stormers 25-17 a fortnight
ago and Drotske has called for more of the same this time round.
The Highlanders boast the best record in South
Africa against the Cheetahs compared to their Kiwi compatriots - they’ve won
all four their matches in Bloemfontein.
The other four New Zealand sides’ winning
records in central South Africa are as follows: Chiefs (50% or two from four
with two draws), Hurricanes (60% or three from five), Crusaders (50% or two
from four) and Blues (40% or two from five).
“The big challenge for us this week will be
to play with the same intensity as two weeks ago (against the Stormers),” said
“We know that this match, like any
encounter against physical New Zealand teams with their big backs, will be a
big challenge for our backline. They have a couple of danger-men at the back,
and from turnover possession they are probably the best in the competition.
“Bad kicks will be punished so we have
really worked hard at our tactical kicking and our chase lines, so hopefully we
will be ready for them on Saturday.”
Cheetahs captain Francois Uys commented:
“We need to put pressure on their set piece, like the Lions did in the second
half last weekend, and starve them of possession. Scrums has been a big focus
for us and we’ve worked hard on it, so hopefully it will come off this
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash at Free State
Stadium is scheduled for 19:10.
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin,
13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 Francois
Brummer, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Tienie Burger, 5
Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld,
1 Danie Minnie
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys,
18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Carel Greeff, 21 Shaun Venter,
22 Coenie van Wyk, 23 Raymond Rhule
15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Ryan Tongia,
13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9
Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 John Hardie, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Mark
Reddish, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel
Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Dan
Pryor, 22 Fumiaki Tanaka, 23 Marty Banks