Cheetahs look to build momentum at home

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:37

REACTION: The Cheetahs will be looking to build on their 54-39 victory against Zebre over the next few weeks in Bloemfontein.

After starting their Pro14 campaign with losses to Ulster and Munster in Ireland, the Cheetahs picked up much-needed confidence after their first home match of the season against Zebre. However, things are going to get a bit difficult in the next few weeks.

The Cheetahs will now welcome the challenge of Irish giant Leinster this weekend ahead of clashes against Ospreys and Glasgow Warriors - all in Bloemfontein. 

"It [the win] was very important, we wanted to get on the board in our campaign - get a win under the belt," said Cheetahs head coach Rory Duncan.

"I just think for the players' confidence as well it's important obviously moving forward.

"I think we got four games at home now and we want to have good home games, good performances on home soil, so tonight [Saturday] was the start of that."

Duncan knows that Leinster will be a serious step up from Zebre. 

"We only managed to catch a couple of snippets from that [Southern Kings and Leinster] game, but I've had a look at Leinster's video footage from the other two games that they played and they are obviously a quality outfit. 

"We are going to have to prep really well and be geared up for what those guys will throw at us. 

"Even after some of their players got sent back, there are still at least 10 internationals in their squad, so it is going to be a tough game. But, I believe that our guys are ready for it," Duncan added.

Meanwhile, Cheetahs captain Francois Venter believes Pro14 teams are morehave a more physical approach than those in Super Rugby.

"It [Pro14] is a totally different competition," said Venter. "I think these guys are physical with more direct play if I can compare it to that. 

"I think there kicking game is different. They bring a different threat with chips in behind us - they turn us the whole time and especially when we played Munster and Ulster. 

"That was a thing that put us under a lot of pressure, but I think this side has adapted well."


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Fri, 23 February 2018
Highlanders v Blues 06h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Reds 08h45 Melbourne
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 19h00 Irish Independent Park
Dragons v Edinburgh 19h30 Rodney Parade
Leinster v Kings 19h35 RDS
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
France v Italy 20h00 Paris
Sat, 24 February 2018
Sunwolves v Brumbies 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Chiefs 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Stormers 08h45 Allianz Park
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Lions v Jaguares 13h05 Johannesburg
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 14h15 Aviva Stadium
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Bath v Sale Sharks 14h30 Recreation Ground
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 15 13 0 2 65
Munster 15 9 0 6 49
Cheetahs 15 8 0 7 41
Cardiff Blues 15 7 0 8 33
Connacht 15 5 0 10 28
Ospreys 15 5 0 10 26
Zebre 15 4 0 11 21
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 15 12 0 3 57
Scarlets 15 11 0 4 54
Edinburgh 15 10 0 5 46
Ulster 15 9 1 5 46
Treviso 15 8 0 7 38
Dragons 15 2 2 11 17
Kings 15 0 0 15 4