Naka lauds on song Cheetahs

2013-03-31 13:53

Bloemfontein - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has lauded his team for carrying their fine form on tour to their first match back at home.

The Bloemfontein side beat the Rebels 34-16 at the Free State Stadium on Saturday for their fourth straight Super Rugby victory, climbing to sixth place in the overall standings and second in the SA conference.

"We are definitely happy with the four victories in a row," Drotské said.

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"It was a good tour abroad, but I was worried we couldn't put it behind us.

"The Rebels gave away 60 points against the Sharks last week, and when that happens to a team they always come back with a bang.

"It was tough out there and we maybe could have scored one or two more tries, but I won't be greedy."

Dominating possession, the home team pounced on every mistake made by the visitors, including winger Willie le Roux's try after a mishap in the Rebels' backline.

"The conditions weren't ideal for playing running rugby so we were a little bit out of our comfort zone," Drotské said.

"But in the end, all credit to the players who stuck to the game plan and came out on top.

"I feel that the bonus point for four or more tries is exactly that - a bonus.

"The guys had jet lag and we needed to start fresh after our success overseas, so I would have been happy with just the victory."

Flyhalf Riaan Smit tore a hamstring while kicking in the warm-up prior to the game and could be out of action for at least two weeks, depending on the grade of the tear, adding to the Cheetahs' flyhalf woes after Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen's prolonged knee injury.

"There was a lot of blood around the torn muscle so we will only have clarity on Monday," Drotské said.

"Hopefully it is just a grade one tear, meaning that Riaan will be out for two to three weeks. We will just have to wait and see."

While he was pleased his team improved from their record defeat to the Sharks the previous week, Rebels coach Damien Hill was disappointed with their tour.

"Our confidence is at a low going into the game against the Force (in the next round) and we need to make the step up," Hill said.

"Our senior players need to take leadership and help guide our youngsters. We have got to find a way to win."

The Cheetahs host the Stormers at the Free State Stadium next weekend.


  • Shane Bond - 2013-03-31 14:25

    Thanx for letting me eat humble pie week in and week out. You make rugby look very easy and I can sense a very happy team environement since two seasons ago. You remind me of barcelona with emphises on local development instead of opting for mercenaries. Go cheetahs.

      Owen Lentz - 2013-04-01 01:42

      Pretty sure that everyone that goes to Grey Bloem is from Bloemfotnein and the surrounding farming areas? They dont go out and scout craven week U/13 and U/18. Just went to their site, will name 1st 15 players in their squad and where they are from. What are mercenaries? People that are not from the area? Laurens Adriaanse Paarl Gym, Ryno Joseph Barnes paarl gym, Ryno Benjamin born St Helena Bay?(dont know where he went to school), Jannie Boshoff Maritzburg college, Francois Brummer HS Waterkoolf, Heinrich Brüssow Grey Bloem, Hennie Daniller paarl gym, Tewis De Bruyn grey bloem, Lodewyk De Jager Gauteng, Rossouw De Klerk Paarl Gimnasium Robert Ebersohn Grey bloem Joubert Engelbrecht Upington Kimberly Andries Ferreira Despatch Barry Geel Leopards, griquas, FS Johan Goosen Grey bloem 1/3 local chom. 2/3 imported mercenaries. Sorry for the bad news.

      Wade Johnson - 2013-04-01 04:07

      But Owen, the Cheetahs lose majority of players to wealthier unions. The amount of players which came from the Free State area, but signed elsewhere is astonishing: Ruan Pienaar; Bismarck Du Plessis; Jannie Du Plessis; Frans Steyn; Tiaan Liebenberg; Deon Stegmann; Flip VD Merwe; Richardt Strauss; Francois Venter; JJ Engelbrecht; Jan Serfontein; Grant Hattingh; Lionel Mapoe; Wynand Olivier; Dewald Potgieter; Jaques Potgieter; Morne Steyn; Rynier Bernardo; David Bulbring; Cornell Du Preez; Sergeal Peterson; Andries Strauss; Elric Van Vuuren; Luke Watson; George Whitehead; Kyle Cooper; Cobus Reinach; Tim Whitehead; Siya Kolisi. All these guys went to school in the Free State.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-04-01 09:32

      I think the cheetahs can thank the lions for the chance they got to retain their players, normally after a season all the other unions would be wipping out the cheque books for cheetah players. This time the lion players got bought, leaving the cheetahs in a position to actually build on a previous years team. Also, maybe it has to do with tewis not being in the squad..

      Owen Lentz - 2013-04-01 14:26

      Hey Wade, Grey PE and Grey Bloem are 2 different places? Not sure why all the thumbs down? Cheetahs are ones of my favourite teams, I just dont agree that they work with local developed talent? And I took the time to look up the facts. I guess on this site if you want thumbs up, you should end each comment with F puke watson....

  • Niel van der Walt - 2013-03-31 14:58

    The real test comes next week and the week after. If they can start beating the sharks, bulls and stormers then we can start getting excited about their chances!

      Boksom Bende - 2013-03-31 15:34

      Stem saam Niel. As ons die Stormers in Bloem kan wen is daar geen rede hoekom hulle nie al die pad semis toe kan gaan nie. En daars geen rede hoekom hulle nie!

      Boksom Bende - 2013-03-31 15:35

      Geen rede hoekom hulle nie kan wen teen die stormers nie, wou ek se.

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-03-31 16:43

      Boksom, my worry is net die stormers se fisiese verdediging, sonder juan smith het ons nie n fisiese bal draer om vir kolisi en elstadt te counter nie, ek dink wel as ons n high speed game speel het ons n kans want kolisi en elstadt en duane is maar stadig, met spasie sal lappies en phillip hulle ore aansit.

      Boksom Bende - 2013-03-31 17:14

      Ja ek stem. Kolisi was amper enigste een wat goed gelyk het teen die Saders. Ek is nie gepla oor ons voorry of slotte nie, voorry is beter en Uys en De Jager sal goed doen. Ons lostrio is man vir man op beter vorm as hulle sin op die oomblik, so hulle moet maarnet die job doen. As ons die los spel weer kan wen, en die agterlyn voorvoet bal gee, is hy ons sin.

      Nico Smit - 2013-03-31 19:09

      Stem saam. Ons sal moet Suid Afrikaanse spanne kan wen as ons wil uitspeelrontes maak. As ons verdediging kan hou is ons in met n kans. Ons moet net glo dat ons kan wen en dieselfde soort rugby speel as wat ons tot nou toe gespeel het die seisoen. Sterkte manne

      pj.andreas.1 - 2013-04-01 15:18

      and against otago, waratahs and the force

      Johnny Better - 2013-04-02 11:16

      One of the things I picked up on from last year. The Cheetahs used to play 60-70 mins of Rugby. This year they play UNTIL the whistle goes. That make a big difference as well. I am SOO proud of my Cheetahs. For years we had to endure the ridicule, bad jokes and being let down at every other game. Go Cheetahs !!!!

  • Bryan Nicholson - 2013-03-31 16:10

    If the lions do not return to the Super 15. This is my new team.

      Gerrie Botha - 2013-04-01 15:47


  • BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-03-31 16:28

    Congrats to the cheetahs! Showing the other SA teams how it's done.Should be a bonus point win against the stormpies

  • Owen Lentz - 2013-04-01 05:38

    Really Wade, did you check any of your facts. First up, Grey PE and Grey Bloem, 2 different cities.

      Gerrie Botha - 2013-04-01 15:49

      The oak made a mistake liten up man.

  • Julian Brown - 2013-04-01 09:39

    Hardly surprised as the Cheetahs are a better team than many give them credit for. Cheetahs play the best rugby is SA. So entertaining.

      Gerrie Botha - 2013-04-01 15:48

      But, you cannot deny the kings were playing great rugby this super 14 and many belived they would not suffice.

  • Marcus Vermaak - 2013-04-02 08:07

    Qwen, let me help you out: Cheetahs and Griquas breed young talent, Bulls and Sharks buy young talent, Stormers buy seasoned talent. The Lions take what they can get. And I guess the Kings import... Oh and F puke watson

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