Cheetahs to blame for their losses

The Cheetahs, as much to blame for their lack of success as Lady Luck who looked the other way on four occasions, could still make their pre-season target of improving on last year’s performance in the Super 14, says coach Naka Drotske.

However, to achieve that they will have to dominate the Waratahs up front. The Australian side have an excellent pack, but their lack of speed to the loose ball – Phil Waugh excluded, of course – and their backs to a large extent nullify their effecticeness in the competition.

However,this will be of little comfort to the Cheetahs, who have conceded the most tries (26) after their six matches.

It’s time for them to come up in a line on defence, to communicate, and especially to make those tackles instead of just hanging out a limp arm as they did so often against the Brumbies last week in squandering another win.

While the Cheetahs’ discipline may have cost them two or three matches, they also have to learn to build on their half-time leads which have so often been turned around into defeat.


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