Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
30 Apr 2014
11:00 am

Small tweaks prove critical for Cheetahs

Rudolph Jacobs

The attending to and fixing of small details made all the difference for the revitalised Cheetahs last weekend.

FILE PICTURE: Heinrich Brussow. Picture: Steve Haag / Gallo Images.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske, who is set to recall flyhalf Johan Goosen and prop Coenie Oosthuizen to his bench today for this weekend’s clash against the Bulls at Loftus, said there were no “magic words” spoken at half time against the Stormers last weekend.

“The message had been the same, to keep up the intensity, as was the case in a few previous games where we were also in the lead at the break,” he said.

“In the first 10 minutes after half time we were too much in a defensive mode, but then we scored two great tries and that helped us close out the game,” he said.

It will also be a further boost for the Cheetahs to welcome back Goosen who missed the last two matches due to concussion, while the neck injury of Oosthuizen has kept him on the sidelines since the Cheetahs’ unsuccessful away leg to Australasia.

A third player in flanker Lappies Labuschagne could also return after missing the Sharks and Stormers clashes due to a groin injury, creating a potential poser for Drotske.

Bok loose forward Heinrich Brussow, above, has been brilliant since his return and the combination with former Bull Jean Cook and No 8 Boom Prinsloo has worked well with Toboho Mohoje providing the impact from the bench.

“We have six matches left in the competition and we will be hoping to end on a high note,” Drotske said.

After the Bulls clash this weekend the Cheetahs host the Brumbies and the Force.