Cheetahs rue soft mistakes

After Saturday’s loss against the Bulls, the Cheetahs are not allowing themselves to become too despondent. The Super 14 is, after all, a marathon and not a sprint.

Cheetahs stalwart and manager Naka Drotske believes Saturday’s performance in Pretoria was “not too bad.”

“One must realise that we were playing a 2006 semi-finalist away from home, and we were right there with them until the last minute,” he told

“At the end of the day, it was three soft tries that we conceded to the Bulls that cost us the game.

“Habana’s try came off a chance accident at a scrum where we had the advantage, another try came off a missed lineout and a third from a miscued kick.

“We gave it away, but it was not as if the Bulls had the better of us.”

Meanwhile the Cheetahs are currently preparing for their upcoming fixture against the Waratahs in Kimberley on Saturday.

Kimberley is traditionally a tough place at which to win for any visiting side, and the Waratahs are no doubt not looking forward to the hard pitch that awaits them. Conditions will suit the quick and structured pattern of the South African side.

It must be noted however that Kimberley is not exactly the backyard for the Bloemfontein-based franchise, but, nevertheless, they are content with the advantage that such conditions will give them.

“The Waratahs would definitely rather not be playing in Kimberley and it therefore works out in our favour,” Drotske said.

“Historically they have a track record of having an effective system of defense, and we will be working on ways to pierce that system.”

Drotske also affirmed that the Cheetahs would analyse the Waratahs defeat at the hands of the Sharks and added, “If the Sharks can beat them, so can we.”

The Cheetahs only have one injury concern after Saturday’s game in Pretoria. Springbok prop CJ van der Linde pulled up with hamstring concern after his rollicking dash for the try-line.

Drotske said that they were still awaiting confirmation as to whether the injury was mere cramp, or something more serious.

By Chris Waldburger

365 Digital

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