Back to drawing board for Cheetahs

Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:14
Large cheetahs v sharks3 Large cheetahs v sharks2 Large cheetahs v sharks Large cheetahs v sharks4

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.

SAPA

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 25 February 2018
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Fri, 02 March 2018
Blues v Chiefs 06h35 Eden Park
Reds v Brumbies 09h00 Suncorp Stadium
Kings v Dragons 17h35 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Edinburgh v Munster 19h35 Myreside
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Harlequins v Bath 19h45 Twickenham Stoop
Sat, 03 March 2018
Sunwolves v Rebels 22h00 Tokyo
Crusaders v Stormers 06h35 Christchurch
Sharks v Waratahs 13h05 Kings Park
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 15h00 Sandy Park
Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks 15h00 Franklin's Gardens
Gloucester v Newcastle Falcons 15h00 Kingsholm
Bulls v Lions 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scarlets v Leinster 15h15 Parc y Scarlets
Zebre v Ospreys 17h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Cheetahs v Connacht 17h35 Bloemfontein
Jaguares v Hurricanes 21h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 12 10 0 2 47
Western Province 12 7 0 5 37
Golden Lions 12 6 0 6 35
Blue Bulls 12 5 0 7 32
Free State Cheetahs 12 6 0 6 31
Pumas 12 4 0 8 27
Griquas 12 4 0 8 26