Cheetahs expect no favours

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 07:43
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The Cheetahs will not be relying on any favours - from referees or opponents - to get them off the bottom of the Super Rugby standings.

The Cheetahs will not be relying on any favours - from referees or opponents - to get them off the bottom of the Super Rugby standings.

Cheetahs assistant coach Hawies Fourie, speaking to this website ahead of their Round Eight encounter with the Chiefs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, said they have moved open from the disastrous Australasian tour - which was highlighted by the refereeing inconsistencies that cost at least one match official his place on the tournament panel.

Argentinean referee Francisco Pastrana was one of three match officials that became the casualties of SANZAR's 'performance review after Round Six - when a host of glaring mistakes in the Cheetahs' 30-40 loss to the Blues cost him his job.

Fourie said last weekend's bye round could not have come at a better time, as it allowed them to recharged their batteries.

"We needed the break desperately to clear our heads and work hard for the next game," he said of their encounter with the defending champion Chiefs on Saturday.

"It won't be easy to get back on a winning track against the Chiefs, but that is what we have to do."

Fourie said the Cheetahs shot themselves in the foot the past five, six weeks and they have to rectify that - especially in their remaining games at home.

They also can't afford to linger on the first seven weeks of the tournament or some of the shocking refereeing calls that went against them.

"We can do nothing about that," Fourie said when asked by this website about the poor calls that cost Pastrana his job and the fact that it may well have cost the Cheetahs the game against the Blues.

"That is in the past," he said, adding: "He [Pastrana] won't feature in Super Rugby, but we are still playing in the competition.

"We have to turn it around ourselves, we can't expect referees to do us favours. We have to close that chapter behind us."

He admitted it won't be easy to lift the players after such a disappointing tour, but felt it is possible.

"You require just one good game and a win.

"It is just that little self-believe that a few of the players still require.

"There are a few of our frontline players who are performing below their abilities and as a team we have also not perform to expectations.

"However, if you have one good game in which things go your way the whole situation changes very quickly.

"Our focus now is to get that win that will turn things around for us.

"It doesn't matter who the team is we are playing against, we put ourselves in this position and we have to get ourselves out of this."

The Cheetahs also received another dosage of bad news on the injury front,

Star loose forward Philip van der Walt fractured his left hand and will be sidelined for the next six weeks.

However, they do have enough depth, with Sevens Springbok Johannes Prinsloo likely to slot in at No.8 - while Pieter Labuschagne and Jean Cook are likely to be the starting flanks.

Teboho Mohoje is likely to be the beneficiary of the vacancy on the bench.

There is also a chance that Bok prop Coenie Oosthuizen will be cleared to resume duties after returning home from tour early with a neck injury.

That means the Cheetahs will be able to select from a full collection of front row forwards - which include Boks Trevor Nyakane and Coenie Oosthuizen, along with Rossouw de Klerk, Caylib Oosthuizen, Nick Schonert and Nicolaas van Dyk.

By Jan de Koning

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Munster v Glasgow Warriors 12h00 Thomond Park
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 14h00 Bloemfontein
Clermont Auvergne v Bordeaux 14h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Castres v Northampton Saints 15h15 Stade Pierre Antoine
Saracens v Scarlets 16h30 Allianz Park
Ulster v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Kingspan Stadium
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Montpellier v Leinster 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Toulouse v Wasps 15h15 Le Mans
Zebre v Connacht 15h15 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
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Fri, 28 October 2016
Ulster v Munster 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Edinburgh v Zebre 18h35 BT Murrayfield
Cardiff Blues v Scarlets 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Northampton Saints v Gloucester 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
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New Zealand v Australia 37 | 10
Fri, 21 October 2016
Sale Sharks v Toulon 5 | 15
Sun, 16 October 2016
Exeter Chiefs v Clermont Auvergne 8 | 35
Bordeaux v Ulster 28 | 13
Sat, 15 October 2016
Scarlets v Sale Sharks 28 | 11
Connacht v Toulouse 23 | 21
Northampton Saints v Montpellier 16 | 14
Blue Bulls v Western Province 36 | 30
Toulon v Saracens 23 | 31
Leinster v Castres 33 | 15
Free State Cheetahs v Golden Lions 55 | 17
Wasps v Zebre 82 | 14
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Glasgow Warriors v Leicester Tigers 42 | 13
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Saracens v Wasps 30 | 14
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Scarlets v Dragons 31 | 27
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9