'Lateral' Cheetahs lose their way

Sat, 11 May 2013 10:15
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Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss admitted that his team tried to play too much rugby in their own half against the Hurricanes on Friday.

Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss admitted that his team tried to play too much rugby in their own half against the Hurricanes on Friday.

The Free State side were their own worst enemies at times as they went down 39-34, with a late fight back not enough to secure victory in Bloemfontein.

The teams went into the half-time break deadlocked at 12-12, but it was the Hurricanes who made the running in the second half as the Cheetahs battled to get over the gainline.

"We didn't play a good game," Strauss said after their fourth loss in 11 Super Rugby matches this season.

"We started the second half playing very lateral. We shifted the ball from side to side, which did not help our cause.

"We didn't stay in our structures and tried to play in the wrong areas," he added.

Lying second in the South African conference after a bye last week, Strauss said his side would need to find their feet again in an effort to close in on leaders the Bulls.

"I won't say that the loss is a result of the bye or the week off," Strauss said.

"We just lost our rhythm. Luckily it is something that can be fixed.

"Come Monday we will have to make the step up for next week's home game."

The Cheetahs host the high-flying Reds, who are second in the Australian conference after a 32-17 victory over the Sharks on Friday, at Free State Stadium in the next round of matches.

"We are looking forward to the game against the Reds," Strauss said.

"But we know that we have to rectify what went wrong. The Reds are a tough side that won't be beaten easily."

The Hurricanes, under pressure to perform after they were thumped by the Bulls last week, were more physical in most aspects and eventually beat the hosts at their own game.

"We knew that we had to play an attacking brand of rugby and that we had to be very physical in our approach if we were to beat the Cheetahs at home," said Hurricanes captain Victor Vito, acting as stand-in skipper for the injured Conrad Smith.

"They are a very physical side and we had to match them in that aspect."

Scoring four tries on the day, the tourists launched themselves back into contention for a place in the knockout stages.

"I'm a bit more cheerful after getting the win," said Vito.

"After the Bulls game we knew we had to focus on playing the patterns we practised and in the end that rewarded us with a much needed five points.

"We played a physical game and that paid off in the end."

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Sat, 25 February 2017
Kings v Jaguares 26 | 39
Scotland v Wales 29 | 13
Cheetahs v Lions 25 | 28
Waratahs v Force 19 | 13
Crusaders v Brumbies 17 | 13
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 17 | 83
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Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
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CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
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UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 1 1 0 0 4
Reds 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 1 0 0 1 1
Force 1 0 0 1 1
Rebels 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 1 1 0 0 5
Blues 1 1 0 0 5
Chiefs 1 1 0 0 5
Crusaders 1 1 0 0 4
Highlanders 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 0 0 0 0 0
Cheetahs 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Jaguares 0 0 0 0 0
Kings 0 0 0 0 0