Cheetahs 'nowhere near good enough'

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:16
Large adriaan strauss cheetahs v

Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss said his team will have to take a long, hard look at themselves after their latest defeat.

Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss said his team will have to take a long, hard look at themselves after their latest defeat.

The Cheetahs, after fighting back hard and working their way into the lead, dropped of the pace to slump to a miserable 31-52 loss to the Crusaders in Bloemfontein at the weekend.

And the skipper, Strauss, struggled to find anything positive to say about his team.

It all was just too similar to the Chiefs game last week, where the Cheetahs also failed to close the game in the second half.

"We were in it at times, but our performance was nowhere near good enough," Strauss said after the game at the Free State Stadium.

"Our own discipline and our structures where left wanting.

"Going into a line-out without having a call, kicking plays that we don't use optimally.

"That put us under immense pressure and then we scrambled. And then you are in your own half against the Crusaders and they will always capitalise on that.

"We need to make a step up in our discipline and our own structures."

Strauss added that his outfit would have to return to the drawing-board, where plenty of work lay ahead for the Free Staters - who now sit fourth in the South African conference after eight games, three points ahead of the bottom-placed Stormers.

"We take it week-by-week. We want to play good rugby and if we can, the results will follow," Strauss said.

"At the moment we aren't where we want to be.

"We need to have a look at ourselves and work hard.

"We are still positive and there is no need to panic. We will be back next weekend against the Sharks."

SAPA

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 30 September 2016
Dragons v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Rodney Parade
Connacht v Edinburgh 18h35 Sportsground
Bristol v Saracens 18h45 Ashton Gate
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 01 October 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas 12h00 Bloemfontein
Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers 13h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Munster v Zebre 16h00 Thomond Park
Ulster v Ospreys 17h30 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Leinster 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Treviso v Scarlets 19h05 Stadio Monigo
Sun, 02 October 2016
Argentina v New Zealand 22h10 Ascoli Piceno
Wasps v Harlequins 13h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons 14h00 Sixways
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
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