Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
8 Apr 2014
7:58 am

Cheetahs to up their game

Rudolph Jacobs

There was enough evidence in their display last weekend to suggest that the Cheetahs are busy turning their Super Rugby season around – but now they need to take it up another level against the Crusaders this weekend.

Cheetahs coach, Naka Drotske. Picture: Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske said he was understandably a happy man after a clinical first half against the Chiefs last weekend, but they need to learn the lessons dished out in the second half.

Having led by 34-10 at the break, Drotske said there were definite reasons why the Chiefs were able to come back and force the 43-all draw.

“I think after that first half it was important for us to stay in an attacking mode and not just be prepared to defend the lead,” he said.

The Cheetahs showed they were a transformed team back in Bloemfontein after a winless tour Down Under.

“It was important for us to watch the breakdowns because the Chiefs put big numbers in there,” said Drotske.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders will be heading to Bloemfontein high on confidence after beating the Lions 28-7 at Ellis Park, and will now aim for their fourth win in their seventh game.

Their captain, centre Ryan Crotty, said it was important for the team to return to basics after losing to the Hurricanes just before they came on tour.

“The best thing to come out of our win at Ellis Park was that we managed to stay focused with our discipline and play the game at the right end of the field,” said Crotty.

“It was important to execute properly and grab the opportunity when it came along, but we also know the Cheetahs are a proud team playing at home.”