Languid Cheetahs under no illusions

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:39
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The Cheetahs know they have a monumental mountain to climb if they are to end their three-match losing streak on their Australasian tour.

The Cheetahs know they have a monumental mountain to climb if they are to end their three-match losing streak on their Australasian tour.

However, the players and management from last-placed Bloemfontein-based outfit, remain resolute in their believe that the turning point on a bitterly disappointing season is just around the corner.

Assistant coach Hawies Fourie, speaking to this website from the team's training base in Auckland, ahead of their Round Six Super Rugby encounter with the Blues on Saturday, said the Cheetahs will have to "make a big step up" from their recent performances.

Disappointing defeats against the Rebels (14-35), Reds (33-43) and Hurricanes (27-60) - in the wake of their only win of the season, 15-9 over the Bulls in monsoon-like conditions in Bloemfontein - have left the Cheetahs stick at the foot of the standings.

"We know we are under pressure," Fourie told this website, adding: "We had high expectations of the season and the tour and we have not played well at all.

"We are under no illusions that we will have to show massive improvements."

He added that they are well aware that the Blues remain a very dangerous team, despite losing to both the Bulls and Lions on their just completed tour of South Africa.

"Against the Crusaders [in Week Three] they were down 3-17 [after half-an-hour] and won rather comfortably [35-24, after scoring 29 unanswered points in a 20-minute blitz]," the Cheetahs' backline mentor pointed out.

"They are a side against you can't afford to relax for a single moment.

"Against the Lions this [past] weekend it was the same - they were trailing by 20 points [0-20 early in the second half] and came close to winning [eventually losing 36-39].

"They have exceptionally dangerous outside backs."

Fourie said the Cheetahs simply can't afford to allow the Blues any space.

"We will have to improve on defence," he said, adding: "Our one-on-one tackles are simply not good enough and teams all too easily get momentum against us and quick ball at the breakdown.

"We will have to make a big step up in that regard."

By Jan de Koning

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
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
RESULT SCORE
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
SUPER RUGBY
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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