Cheetahs want to prove a point

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 14:27
Large strauss cheetahs630

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has urged his side to prove they belong in the Currie Cup when they take on the EP Kings in the next fortnight.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has urged his side to prove they belong in the Currie Cup when they take on the EP Kings in the next fortnight.

Defeat to Western Province at Newlands on Saturday saw the Cheetahs finish at the bottom of the Currie Cup standings, which means that they will face the Kings in a home and away promotion/relegation play-off in the next two weeks.

Although there will be significant pressure to keep their place in South Africa's premier domestic competition, Drotske said that his team's fate is in their own hands.

"Obviously the pressure is up but like I said to the guys after the game, if you can't beat the Kings home and away then they deserve to play in the Currie Cup.

"We need to focus, we will be back on Monday and work really hard," he said.

Drotske said that his side had battled to get any proper momentum going against a Western Province side that forced them to spend most of the match defending.

"Credit to Western Province, their defence is awesome and today they were really good at the breakdown as well so we couldn't get momentum and quick ball.

"The way we play we need that, especially from the middle and the tight forwards - there was no momentum from their defence," he explained.

The Cheetahs coach was left bitterly disappointed at the way his team faded towards the end of the competition, but pointed to the congested log as evidence that they remain a competitive outfit.

"Four of the teams could have finished as high as third or end up playing in the promotion/relegation play-off so at the end of the day there were some chances that we wasted and we lost games we had to win but that is in the past and we need to focus on beating the Kings over the next two weeks," he said.

By Michael de Vries

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Thu, 26 May 2016
Canada v Italy 16h00 Toronto
Fri, 27 May 2016
Hurricanes v Highlanders 07h35 Wellington
Waratahs v Chiefs 09h40 Sydney
Boland v Eagles 13h00 Wellington
Free State Cheetahs v Pumas 13h00 Bloemfontein
Border v Falcons 17h00 East London
Kings v Jaguares 17h00 Ascoli Piceno
Sat, 28 May 2016
Blues v Crusaders 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Sunwolves 09h40 Canberra
Western Province v Griquas 10h15 Newlands
Blue Bulls v Leopards 12h15 Loftus Versfeld
Golden Lions v EP Kings 13h00 Johannesburg
Stormers v Cheetahs 13h00 DHL Newlands
Namibia v Griffons 13h00 Windhoek
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 London
Bulls v Lions 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Leinster v Connacht 16h30 Edinburgh
Sun, 29 May 2016
Rebels v Force 06h05 Melbourne
England v Wales 14h00 London
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Griquas 7 7 0 0 34
Boland 7 5 0 2 25
Western Province 6 5 0 1 23
Free State Cheetahs 6 4 0 2 22
Pumas 7 4 0 3 21
Griffons 6 4 0 2 19
Golden Lions 6 3 0 3 16
Leopards 6 3 0 3 17
Eagles 6 3 0 3 15
Border 7 3 0 4 14
Sharks 6 2 0 4 12
Falcons 6 2 0 4 12
EP Kings 7 2 0 5 9
Blue Bulls 6 1 0 5 7
Namibia 7 0 0 7 1