No excuses for Cheetahs

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 19:20

REACTION: Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith refused to make any excuses for his side's dismal performance against the Stormers on Saturday. 

Cheetahs suffered a 10-53 defeat to Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.

The Bloemfontein-based side were a far cry from their usual selves as their conceded eight tries and only managed to score one. They could have been more impressive but individual handling errors took centre stage.  

Smith admitted at some stages he could not even recognise his player on the field.

"It was disappointing how we played, but I have to give credit to the Stormers – they were amazing, they line speed, defence, dominating collisions, the width that they found and the offloading were great.

"In terms of my team during some parts I did not recognise my players on the pitch, but that is what pressure does. We had like three or four chances in the first half where we should have scored but we were not clinical enough, individual errors just got the better of us.

"With that being said there is no excuses for our dismal performance. We should get used to pressure, " Smith told reporters after the match.

Captain Francois Venter echoed his mentor's sentiments. The skipper admitted that pressure got the better of them.

"Too many turnovers, their defence stuck and they just capitalised on every opportunity. It was one of those days where everything just stuck for the Stormers.

"Like Franco [Smith] said, give credit where credit is due. They played an amazing game They did put us under a lot of pressure. The more we tried the more mistakes we made," Venter said.

Despite his side's third consecutive loss, since their win against the Sunwolves in Round three, the Cheetahs' mentor Franco Smith saw a silver lining in the defeat and praised Stormers' ball-in-hand approach.

The coach revealed that it could only be beneficial for South African rugby fraternity, as teams start to take the attacking 'responsibility'.   

"It’s one thing to give Paul Feeney credit, but we also have to acknowledge Robbie Fleck and Gert Small for allowing him to come and take a chance and move away from the divisional South African way.

"We have proven that South Africans have the ability to play with the ball in hand and that excites me. If we want to win as a South Africa community that is the way to go - the whole world has already adapted to that way.  

"In the past, we have always been criticised because it was viewed as taking a risk and it is not – it is taking responsibility," Smith stated.  

Cheetahs have a bye this week before locking horns with inform Chiefs on April 15 in Round Eight at home.

By Leezil Hendricks
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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 09h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 09h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 11h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 11h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 14h00 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 09h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 09h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 11h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 11h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 14h00 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
MORE LOGS
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