Cheetahs have to keep it simple

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:21
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Naka Drotské has urged his side to go back to basics to turn around a dismal season when they meet the Stormers in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
 
Naka Drotské has urged his side to go back to basics to turn around a dismal season when they meet the Stormers in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
 
The hosts come off a series of losses, most recently to the Sharks in Durban, and are in dire straits after only one win - against the Bulls early in the season.
 
Drotské said his charges needed to start the revival process against the Stormers if they wanted to move off the bottom of the log.
 
"We've been in this sort of position before and it's really important that we go back to basics," he said.
 
"We need to focus on our set pieces. Good ball from there is what we need to get a good platform to attack from."
 
The Cheetahs' defence seemed to have taken a backward step this season but Drotské believed they were now moving in the right direction.
 
"We need to go back to what worked for us earlier in the season and take it step by step," Drotské said.
 
"We know that if we play well in Bloemfontein, then we can beat any team.
 
"We need to get rid of those soft moments where we do funny things and then let our opponents back into the game."
 
Injuries to key players had plagued the Cheetahs throughout the competition and the hosts would have to make do without stalwarts Johan Goosen, flyhalf, and prop Coenie Oosthuizen.
 
The tussle at the breakdown area between Cheetahs fetcher Heinrich Brüssow and Stormers openside flank Deon Fourie is expected to play a big role in the outcome of the game.
 
Brussow had only recently returned from a toe injury but played well against the Sharks and Drotske felt he could only get better as the season progressed.
 
"He was thrown into the deep end and he showed how much his physical presence is worth," the Cheetahs boss said.
 
"He is definitely a match winner and will be one of the stars in the game.
 
"Heinrich and Deon Fourie will definitely be at each other at the break downs."
 
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said the Cheetahs flank would be one of the dangers his side needed to be watch if they were to beat the hosts.
 
"Heinrich Brüssow is very good as a flank and fetcher and our approach to the breakdown area will have to be very good," Coetzee said.
 
"We've seen against the Sharks what he is capable of and we know what to expect.
 
"The same can be said of Adriaan Strauss, who has also proved to be good at disrupting the breakdown area for the Cheetahs' opponents.
 
"The Cheetahs have a host of quality players and we will come up short if we don't give them the necessary respect."
 
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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
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Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
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Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28