Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
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26 Apr 2014
6:00 am

Pride at stake in Bloem collision

Rudolph Jacobs

It might be a fight for Super Rugby superiority for the Cheetahs and the Stormers, but they have South African rugby pride at stake as well in Bloemfontein this afternoon.

FILE PICTURE: Naka Drotske. Picture: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images.

With four of the five SA franchises in the bottom half, it will be the solid Stormers solid defence weighed against the Cheetahs’ creativity on attack.

Or in other words – the Stormers’ poor attack and the Cheetahs’ brittle defence.

But despite their bottom place, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske said they have put their plans in place after a solid performance against Jake White’s league-leading Sharks last weekend.

“I thought that our defence in the last game was a step in the right direction,” said Drotske on Thursday.

“It’s really important to go back to our basics and focus on our set-piece,” he said.

The Cheetahs have scored the most tries (22) of all South African sides, but in the last 20 minutes this year they have also conceded at least five more tries (14) than any other side.

But on the flip side, the Capetonians have scored only 12 tries in eight games, only the 11 from the Lions is lower.

“We know that if we play well in Bloemfontein, we can beat any team,” said Drotske.

“We need to get rid of those soft moments were we do funny things and let teams back into the game to beat us. We need to play for 80 minutes.”

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee conceded that it was always tough to play the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

“They are just behind us in the table, with one win and a draw, so both teams will be desperate to come away with a victory,” said Coetzee.

Kick-off is at 5.05pm.