Back to drawing board for Cheetahs

Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:14
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It is back to the drawing board for the Free State Cheetahs after losing two games in succession.

It is back to the drawing board for the Free State Cheetahs after losing two games in succession, by not capitalising on the first-half leads they have built up.

The Sharks moved to the top of the Currie Cup log after beating the Cheetahs 18-15 in Bloemfontein on Friday.

The Cheetahs, as they did the week before against Western Province, held a commanding lead before allowing the opposition to come back - with the Cheetahs racing into a 15-6 lead in Bloemfontein.

However, the Sharks scored 12 unanswered points and kept the Cheetahs scoreless after the break.

With the victory in the bag, the Durban-based side are on nine log points and the Cheetahs on seven, placing them first and second respectively.

That order will most likely change on Saturday with two more matches to be decided.

The Cheetahs host Griquas next weekend and a week of hard work awaits.

"We made to many unforced errors," Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said of the game.

"Full credit to the Sharks for their defence.

"They shifted all over the park and we struggled. We should have played more direct.

"In the first half we scored two tries by playing more direct. For some reason we played more laterally in the second half and that cost us the game.

"We are glad for the one point we got, because that is going to make the difference in the end.

"If you do lose, it is important that you pick up at least one point."

The Cheetahs beat the Lions 30-29 in Week One, then lost 14-15 to Western Province last week (after the Cheetahs held a 140 lead in the first half) and this past Friday against conceded a nine-point (15-6) lead by not sticking to the game plan.

"In all three games we had a good lead. And two of those three we lost in the last minute," Drotské said.


There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 09 October 2015
Western Province v EP Kings 16h00 Newlands
Pumas v Blue Bulls 16h00 Mbombela Stadium
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
Wed, 07 October 2015
Namibia v Georgia 16 | 17
South Africa v United States 64 | 0
Tue, 06 October 2015
Fiji v Uruguay 47 | 15
Canada v Romania 15 | 17
Sun, 04 October 2015
Ireland v Italy 16 | 9
Argentina v Tonga 45 | 16
Zebre v Scarlets 8 | 20
Sat, 03 October 2015
England v Australia 13 | 33
Connacht v Cardiff Blues 36 | 31
South Africa v Scotland 34 | 16
Samoa v Japan 5 | 26
Leinster v Dragons 37 | 13
Griquas v Sharks 20 | 45
Pumas v Free State Cheetahs 37 | 37
Fri, 02 October 2015
New Zealand v Georgia 43 | 10
Team P W D L Pts
Golden Lions 9 9 0 0 43
Blue Bulls 9 7 0 2 34
Western Province 9 6 0 3 30
Free State Cheetahs 9 3 1 5 21
Sharks 9 4 0 5 19
Pumas 9 3 1 5 16
EP Kings 9 2 0 7 12
Griquas 9 1 0 8 8