Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
14 Apr 2014
7:51 am

’Saders run Cheetahs ragged

Rudolph Jacobs

There are no panic stations yet for the Cheetahs, despite the Free State outfit falling to their sixth Super Rugby defeat in eight starts at the weekend, insisted captain Adriaan Strauss.

FILE PICTURE: Adriaan Strauss of South Africa during the 2013 Castle Lager Rugby Championship South Africa captains run at Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa on September 27, 2013©Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix

The Cheetahs were run off their feet by the Crusaders, who scored four of their six tries in the final 20 minutes to run out 52-31 winners in Bloemfontein.

The hosts played themselves into a winning situation at 31-26 going into the final quarter.

The tourists, however, doubled their points without reply in the closing stages.

“Despite a poor season so far, we are not panicking and our aim is to play good rugby and the results will follow,” Strauss said.

After scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius scored the opening try to give the Cheetahs a 7-3 lead, the home side found themselves down 19-10 at the break and 26-10 early in the second half.

“A lack of discipline put us under pressure in our half and that is fatal against a team like the Crusaders,” conceded Strauss.

Three tries in the space of eight minutes by Cornal Hendricks, Oupa Mohoje and Willie le Roux put them back in the game, but the Crusaders saved their best for last.