Cheetahs of the past - long gone

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:06
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Stormers captain Jean De Villiers knows that the prospect of taking the Cheetahs on in Bloemfontein is not the same as it was a few seasons ago.

Stormers captain Jean De Villiers knows that the prospect of taking the Cheetahs on in Bloemfontein is not the same as it was a few seasons ago.

The Stormers travel to the City of Roses to take on Naka Drotské's confidence-laden Cheetahs outfit in what is going to be a massive fixture in the context of the tournament.

De Villiers noted cautiously: "We are under no illusions as to what we are facing this week.

"We will need to improve if we want to go there and get a win," he added.

Looking back on the Crusaders game, De Villiers did manage to find a hint of positivity.

"In reviewing the game, the attack - I thought, was pretty good. After the game it didn't feel like that because we had so little ball but at the times that we had the ball it was pretty good.

"Getting into our general attack was the issue, more than the attack itself," the captain mentioned.

The attacking prowess of the Cheetahs is something that the Stormers are going to have to be wary of and understanding that if they cannot execute, the Cheetahs will capitalise.

"They have exciting backs that have done really well for them and they have pounced on errors and have scored a lot of tries thus far."

A player like Robert Ebersohn has been instrumental for the Cheetahs this season and De Villiers understands the threat that he and a number of the other senior players pose.

"He [Ebersohn] has shown that he has always had the talent and obviously with the team winning at the moment, he has been instrumental in that.

"Then a guy like Adriaan Strauss is a fantastic leader and he keeps the squad together and [Heinrich] Brüssow brings a lot of experience," De Villiers said.

The Cheetahs are chasing their fifth win in a row and the Stormers are trying to remain afloat after registering two wins from their opening five games.

"It is still a long way to go and you have to look at the opposition and the games that we have played - it's been against quality sides."

"The top two teams in the current standings - we have beaten them, which shows that we are not an average side," he explained.

This will give the side from the Mother City a definite boost because they know that they can play the brand of rugby that can beat the top sides. The question is - can they do it away from home?

The squad seems to be in good spirits and De Villiers understands situations like this in team set-ups.

"It is easy to contribute and be positive when it is going well, but it's in the testing times and the tough times that you find the guys willing to go the extra mile and that is where you can learn a lot from your team-mates."

This Saturday will be a great yard-stick for both sides because it will be an huge indicator as to whether they are both contenders for top honours, or not.

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Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
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Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19