'Teamwork the key at Loftus'

2011-05-26 07:46

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein - While personal duels are often in the spotlight ahead of derby matches, Saturday's game at Loftus Versfeld will be about which team functions best as a unit.

The visitors' attitude towards the Bulls is clear when one speaks to players in the Cheetahs camp: stick to the team's strengths - and in their instance it's good interplay. That has allowed the Cheetahs to a record four straight victories.

Both teams are playing better than at the start of the tournament and the Cheetahs have showed that a team needn't have big names to beat big sides.

That is precisely why it's no surprise to hear Cheetahs wing Philip Snyman say that he alone is not responsible for stopping Bulls flyer Bjorn Basson.

According to Snyman, who makes his return in place of the suspended Ryno Benjamin, the good interplay between his team-mates makes his task that much easier. Benjamin was banned for two weeks after being found guilty of head butting Stirling Mortlock against the Melbourne Rebels.

Snyman says not much has changed in the team's planning, but it's nice to be part of a winning culture now. The sevens Springbok last played for the Cheetahs against the Reds on their overseas tour, after which he was sidelined with an ankle injury.

He was available for the Crusaders game two weeks ago, but his team-mates' good form prevented him from making an immediate return.

Just as was the case in the first derby game against the Bulls, the right wing will have the task of looking after Basson. Snyman previously performed that role well as he defends consistently and he is good under high kicks.

"At this stage of the competition all the teams, including us, are playing better rugby and it's a big challenge. The nice thing is that the team are now doing well. It's good to know that there are 14 other guys on the field that are helping. It's not just about a one-on-one duel," he said.

The Bulls have been utilising Basson's strength of contesting high kicks particularly well.

"We definitely expect them to kick, but we can't just focus on one thing. It does not matter what they come up with. We should have an answer."

Meanwhile, Hendrik Roodt has been included among the Cheetahs' substitutes after Izak van der Westhuizen failed to recover from a groin injury.

Roodt's physical performance in Griquas' Vodacom Cup semi-final against the Blue Bulls will give the Cheetahs hope.



15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Danie Rossouw, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Gerhard van den Heever


15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corné Uys, 11 Philip Snyman, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Kabamba Floors, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Hendrik Roodt, 19 Johan Wessels, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Hennie Daniller



  • The_Fox - 2011-05-26 07:57

    I will be holding thumbs for you Cheetahs!

      evereadydude - 2011-05-26 09:01

      Sand Du Plessis teen Grey (Morne vs Sias) Go Morne, Cheetahs het jou laat gaan omdat jy nie in Grey was nie........WYS HULLE!! Sannies!!!!!

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-26 09:14

      @evereadydude - Jy glo jouself darem nie rerig doen jy ? Morne was direk uit die skool uit gekoop en Vrystaat kon dit nie klop nie. Daar was nie eers kans nie, hel hy het seker sy tas gepak gehad op die laaste dag van skool al.

      Nico Rette - 2011-05-26 09:40

      No need to hold thumbs. The "Siener", as I am affectionately known as from my Bulls groupies, predicts a bonus point win for the Cheetahs. Congrats Cheetahs, well played!

      The_Fox - 2011-05-26 15:17

      Cheetahs by 8

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-26 17:44

      @Nico Rette - after the weekend, you will be Nico "Siener jou gat" Rette. Put the patch on your chest boet, not your eye.

  • ZAPMAN - 2011-05-26 07:59

    Bulle 42 Cheetahs 12

      Marcell - 2011-05-26 08:17

      That would be nice but I think BULLS by 9

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-26 09:25

      @ZAPMAN - Ha ha...At least please dont disappear after the game and it did not go as you hoped, sad to see how oaks always disappear after being so bigmouth beforehand.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-26 09:54

      Cheetahs 38 Bulls 26!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Marx - 2011-05-26 10:39

      Vrystaat, the fact that you won the Saders is worrying, I must admit, but looking at the bigger picture, the Bulls should take this one, but nothing is for certain in Super Rugby, for instance, the Stormers believe they will finish top of the log, but if they lose another 3 games, which is very very possible, and the Bulls play like the Champion side we know they are, and win all their remaining games, who's where on the log then?? Which games can the Stormpies lose, Brumbies, a side out to put things right, Bulls and Cheetas in Bloem. On the other hand, if the Bulls lose this weekend, the Cheetahs can still slip in, depending on results from other games. Congrats on you team's performance this year and good luck on Sat. We are ready for the challenge!!

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 10:48

      Vrystaat, in 6 jaar van Super rugby kom die Cheetahs nog nooit die Bulls wen nie en niks gaan hierdie naweek verander nie.

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-26 11:11

      @Marx - I believe it is going to be a wonderfull game, the best this tournament is going to see. As any supporter I hope my team will win, but I think both teams has peaked at the correct time and that is what makes it wonderful. Also good luck with your team, counting the seconds till kickoff !

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-26 11:14

      @Lloyd - you seriously need to get away from the computer and meet real people as being alone to long is not good for a person. Why does the history has anything to do with this ? They are playing rugby saterday not re-playing rugby in the past ?. The Cheetahs could win the Bulls on Loftus in the past in Currie cup finals, why not again ? Please people looking at the past for rugby happening now really needs to review. Each day, each game is a new one that is unpredictable totally.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 11:20

      Vrystaat, they might 'win' the Bulls, but they are not going to 'beat' them.

      Coenza - 2011-05-26 11:38

      Bulle 22 Cheetahs 36

      MACKAROONEY - 2011-05-26 13:37

      bietjie hoog ou ZAPMAN, BULLE 25,CHEETAHS17.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-26 17:46

      @ Coenza - last night you said by 12. 36 - 22 = 12? Got it!

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-26 08:03

    I believe that the team effort is the major factor here to see the winner at the end of this day. Just 2 more days before (I believe) one of the best matches this tournament !

  • BardofAvon - 2011-05-26 08:08

    This is going to be a cracker. If the Bulls can pull off a win then we are DEFINTELY in with a chance. The Cheetahs have BMT and are not scared of the Bulls. On the other hand Darren, we are not scared of them either. Ikorwaytay!

  • Lloyd - 2011-05-26 08:45

    Thanks for coming Cheetahs.

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-26 08:51

      Hey Lloyd,a lot happened while i were away?

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 09:08

      ZAP, baie het gebeur maar niks het verander nie. Die Bulls supporters is nogsteeds die slimste en die Stormers supporters is nodsteeds, Stormers supporters.

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-26 09:22

      @Lloyd - thanks for having us, sorry we won you on your own field, but rugby is rugby.

      GILLBERT - 2011-05-26 10:03

      vrystaat julle praat te veel en te vroeg die vrystaat moet maar haak want hulle gaan kaaaaak

      Paul - 2011-05-26 10:30

      Hallo daar Lloyd. Ek sien daar word n bonuspunt vir die Welpies predict met 4 driee of meer. Ek voorspel die einde van die wereld in daai geval. 24 Junie 2021 om 17h34 en 32 sekondes. Wie dink jy is reg.

      gooinat - 2011-05-26 10:39

      @Paul,drinking OBS so early in the morning is not good for you my buddy!!!!!!!!!!

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 10:49

      More Paul, daar is niks om oor te worry nie. Maak nie saak wie die prediction maak nie.

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-26 11:19

      @GILLBERT - Ek praat meer uit frustrasie teenoor LLoyd, ek glo nie in grootpraat voor die tyd want dit is net stupid, haastige hond verbrand sy mond, maar hel die LLoyd voel soos skoolseun wat geen vriende het en net aandag soek die hele tyd, ek wil Rugby praat, en probeer hom maar ignoreer die hele tyd,maar hel is so bleddie irreteerend . Moes dit seker maar los, maar mense soos die wat groot praat voor die tyd en as dit anders uitdraai altyd NET verskonings het , maar nooit kan toegee die ander span het beter gespeel, moet rerig maar net gaan hop. Maar ja. kom die Saterdag. kom GOEIE Rugby , ongeag wie wen !

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 11:36

      Ag ou Vrystaat, more skyn die son weer. Moenie alles so erenstig opvat nie. Gaan terug in die geskiedenis waar die Bulle verloor het. Ek is altyd die eerste om die ander span geluk te wens en daar is nooit verskonings nie want dit help nie.

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-26 11:41

      @Lloyd - soos ek gese het, ek moes dit sommer gelos het om op jou te kommentaar want jy is irreteerend. En geskiedenis se werklik niks, die enigste doel van geskiedenis is om jou te leer om nie die selfde foute te begaan nie. Dit is dit, veral in rugby. Enige iemand wat werklik rugby gespeel het sal dit vir jou se, dit is die ouens wat net sit en groot praat wat oor die goed sal tyd mors. Ek het genoeg wedstryde in my lewe gespeel om te weet, dat geskiedenis absoluut niks beteken nie.

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-26 11:48

      @Lloyd - net voor jy die pot mis sit, ek praat van jou kommentaar hoër op aangaande geskiedenis.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 11:52

      Vrystaat, 'net voor jy die pot mis sit, ek praat van jou kommentaar hoër op aangaande geskiedenis.' Sorry maar ek het nie n clue wat dit beteken nie.

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-26 12:31

      Die aap wat die wereld se einde voorspel het laas naweek en n wen vir Cheetahs teen die Bulls is "Vrystaat" kan nie ernstig opgeneem word nie

      Marcell - 2011-05-26 13:39

      Ek dink daai ou is 'n stompie ondersteuner want hy het sy greep op die werklikheid verloor.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 13:50

      Marcell hy het nooit n greep gehad nie.

  • gooinat - 2011-05-26 09:00

    My blood is Orange Saturday evening,Lets go Cheetahs Lets go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      The_Fox - 2011-05-26 09:09


      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-26 09:19

      @Gooinat - you see Alwyn is back - ZAPMAN (*rolls eyes, vomits, then appeals to the heavens*)

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-26 09:25

      hI Sif Bitch,Het jy my gemis,Tronk is darem nie meer dieselfde nie

      watalife - 2011-05-26 09:25

      Morning SAFFA & Gooinat Oh hell he is back and now Lloyd has a partner in crime,for the next 2 days we will see how low the bulls supporters can go.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-26 09:38

      @Watalife - sigh, yes, I am hoping that these "chaps" will make the trip down to Newlands on the 11th. I'm thinking of inviting them to hook up with us. It's just easier to mow them down Mafia style when they are in a group?

      gooinat - 2011-05-26 09:58

      Morning All,welcome back Alweer wyn,Saffa,I think that idea of yours re:meet and greet will do wonders for our dear friend.Alwyn you in???,Watalife,can Alwyn bring Lloyd with,then we can see what Dumb and Dumber look like:):)

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-26 10:04

      Wow Gooinat im impressed what a chirp,man tears in the eye stuff.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-26 10:05

      @Gooinat @Sparkster - if you are going to the game on the 11th, let me know! What with the expected influx of "intelligent life form" from up north, it could well be epic.

      gooinat - 2011-05-26 10:06

      @Zapman,Its a pleasure my buddy,I aim to please!!!!!!!!

      gooinat - 2011-05-26 10:22

      @Saffa,I will definetly be there:):):)

      Paul - 2011-05-26 10:27

      More SAFFA en die res. Die weerman voorspel n vuurwarm wedstryd op n yskoue Loftus vir Saterdag. Hou maar sie OBS REG.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 10:51

      Baie mooi gooinat. Uiteindelik het iemand opgevang.

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-26 16:02

      @ The Fox, die messteker Tipies Stormer, eintlik skree jy net vir enige iets teen die Bulls. Dis 'n eer vir ons dat almal ons so graag wil wen, ons gee obviously die pas aan in wereldrugby

      Brannas - 2011-05-26 17:46

      @gooinat. I will "DEFINETLY" be there. Oh my soul, then you got the audacity to talk about my English.

  • MBSS (Meeste bulls supporters Suck) - 2011-05-26 09:14

    Cheetahs by 12!!!

      watalife - 2011-05-26 09:27

      The Cheetahs will take this one and i dont care if its only with one. Can you just imagine a draw?

      Marius Swart - 2011-05-26 12:12

      Julle manne kan maar net nie die bulle ondersteun nie.Iemand moes julle geboelie het wat blou klere aangehad het toe julle klein was.Sterkte dan met julle Stormer span teen die Brumbies ek het as blou bul gese hulle gaan wen op SB.

  • Bakmister - 2011-05-26 09:47

    If the cheethas win it will none the less stay an upset! Bulls at home cant see too much going wrong but it is not cast in stone.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-26 18:09

      You are bloody right - I will be very upset!

  • Wow! - 2011-05-26 09:58

    Go Cheetahs!!!! It is a GREAT feeling when your team start playing winning rugby. Keep it up guys. We all LIKE the winning culture.

  • James Howlett - 2011-05-26 10:43

    @Lloyd - Is jy seker jy het nie maori in jou nie? As ek so na jou foto kyk, lyk dit of jy defnitief 'n kapenaar was op 'n stadium. Google bietjie : ek is seker Naqelavuki is jou regte Pa.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 10:53

      Drie hoorays vir James julle!!! Hy het internet access!!!

      Bakmister - 2011-05-26 11:07

      Hier is een Hooray solank, ou Lloyd se comments is nie so erg nie hy val darem niemand persoonlik aan nie. Die feit dat hy vir crap span skree kan ons nou nie veel oor doen nie, maar ek wet jou hy dink ons spanne is maar net so crap dit is maar SA Rugby 101.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-26 11:52

      @Bakminster - Lloyd is harmless....and a wee little legend in his own right. Unlike most of the Bulls cheerleaders round here, Lloyd's IQ does on fact push him out of the full tard range. Therefore one can communicate with old Lloyd, without resorting to grunts, snorts and zap signs.

      Paul - 2011-05-26 11:55

      hooray. nog een kort.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-26 12:11

      HOO-FRIKKIN-RAY. @James - Naqelavuki is Fijian. SBW is Tongan. Piri Weepu is Maori.

  • Cobus - 2011-05-26 11:06

    Hierie game gat pomp!!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-26 17:49

      Dont say "gat pomp"! Cape boys already excited!

  • Paul - 2011-05-26 11:11

    Hierdie game gan so warm wees soos n los meisie met vaste gewoontes.

      gooinat - 2011-05-26 11:23

      Praat jy van Lloyd as jy praat van die los meisie??????

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 11:24


      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-26 11:46

      Should I feel offended @Lloyd? You didn't call me a Bulls fan or Tswaneerder. Loose my frail little ego can handle.

      Paul - 2011-05-26 11:55

      nee gooinat. ek verwys na die cheethas se dancing girls.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 11:56

      No SAFFA. I think you're a meisie with 'vaste gewoontes'. That's a good thing, right?

      Bakmister - 2011-05-26 12:03

      Het die Cheetah cheerleaders vaste gewoontes?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-26 12:09

      @Paul - Morning! Might I ask what vaste gewoontes are? My Afrikaans is net goed,Maandae, Woensdae en na 6 Jagerboms oor naweke. Fixed habits?

      Paul - 2011-05-26 12:15

      SAFFA, jy is spot on. Jou afrikaans self nie te sleg op n Donderdag sonder jagga bombs nie.

  • Marius Swart - 2011-05-26 12:08

    @Vrystaat ondersteuners.Sterkte vir die game saterdag want hierdie een gaan grote wees.Ek het nie 6 weke terug gedink hierdie wedstryd gaan so baie aandag trek nie maar wys jou hoe vinnag verander dinge.Die vrystaat is die invorm span op die oomblik en is bly vir hul part maar moet se ek dink saterdag gaan hulle teen span verloor wat nie kan bekostig om te verloor nie.Ek wens ek kon daar wees want ek glo Loftus gaan vol wees.Ek hoop net nie daar is meer oranje vlae as blou vlae nie.Dink ook vir een of ander rede daar gaan baie punte aan albei kante aangeteken word maar die bulle met 8.Wagga ek sal na die game wag vir jou gelukwense as die Bulle gewen het.Sterkte

      Paul - 2011-05-26 12:18

      @Marius. Daar is nou n stukkie mooi sportmanskap. wel gese ou maat.

  • MACKAROONEY - 2011-05-26 13:44

    Die eenvoudige feit is die,die oomblik gaan te groot word vir die Vrystaat ,mits die Bulle nie houtgerus raak nie.Twee vet stutte maak nie n seisoen nie.Die Crusaders was houtgerus ,en ons almal weet wat gebeur dan.Sarel kan nie altyd alles alleen uitrig nie.Waar gaan die Cheetahs lynstaan bal kry ?Buiten hulle stutte is hulle pak nie opgewese nie ,en sonder die bal beteken n lyn niks.

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-26 15:58

    @The Fox Het jy 'n duim?

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  • Lukylook - 2011-05-27 07:35

    Nico Rette, you sound like those guys who predicted the end of the world would be on the 21st of May. They also saw themseves as "sieners".

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