Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
8 Sep 2016
3:00 pm

Unbeaten Cheetahs: Currie Cup is there to win

Rudolph Jacobs

Meyer said the sign of everyone in the team playing their part was props featuring among the try-scorers.

Tian Meyer of the Cheetahs during the Toyota Cheetahs training session at Old Greys on May 24, 2016 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)

The Cheetahs are left as the only unbeaten team in the Currie Cup competition and will be involved in a top-of-the-table clash against the Sharks on Saturday in Durban, but captain and scrumhalf Tian Meyer said the secret is to keep to the things that have been working for them.

Meyer took over the captaincy from centre Francois Venter, who is struggling with an ankle injury some three weeks back, and admitted the Sharks in Durban was a tough assignment.

They have, however, already beaten the Blue Bulls 43-20 in Bloemfontein and Western Province 32-25 in Cape Town and can’t be discarded to claim another big scalp.

“It’s a tough one next up against the Sharks but last weekend, we first enjoyed the Kings game and from the Monday the hard work started all over again.

“We were very happy and obviously getting the log points, but at the end of the day we want to look at our performances, and the team are really gelling and growing,” said Meyer.

“In that regard we are very happy, and there’s a great atmosphere within the team.”

And despite beating the Kings 57-25 last weekend, Meyer conceded they enjoyed a stuttering start to the match.

“It wasn’t an ideal start for us, and we made a few mistakes, but well-done to the team to come back from that and to produce the result.”

Meyer said the sign of everyone in the team playing their part was even props like Charles Marais and Ox Nche featuring among the try-scorers.

“It’s awesome to see the props running there and not just scoring from driving mauls, so they are getting great reward out there, we have got a lot of great ball-players within the team and not just the backs so it was awesome to see.

“You always want to do the best out there, the Currie Cup is there to win, and it’s been really one of our goals, but it’s a squad effort, and it helps with everyone bringing their part at training and we are putting pressure on each other.”