Strauss: Cheetahs will bounce back against Blues

Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss says that the Cheetahs will bounce back in their match against the Blues as they target the Super Rugby playoffs.

The Cheetahs put in what was arguably their worst performance of the Super Rugby season thus far leading to concerns that the June break has caused them to lose their momentum.

The Cheetahs were well beaten 28-3 by the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday and have now settled in sixth place in the overall standings with two rounds of fixtures remaining before the knockout phase.

While the Cheetahs remained in the Super Rugby play off positions their South African rivals the Sharks and the Stormers both made ground on the Bloemfontein franchise.

The Cheetahs have a match against the Blues in the next round and have the comfort of a bye the following week.

While the bye gaurantees the Cheetahs four points it also means that they will not have the chance to secure a bonus point victory in the final round so their position at the end of the season will be out of their control.

“We’re very disappointed. It was definitely the shocker of the year for us,” Strauss said.

“There’s a lot to work on this week.”

“We’ve got one game left, and we’ll have a look at the game and see where we went wrong.”

Strauss believes they are still in the race for a spot in the playoffs, despite the defeat at the weekend.

“We’re still in the running and we’ll have a hard look at ourselves, but we’ll bounce back, definitely,” Strauss said.

“I’ve still got confidence in the guys and we’re looking forward to a good game next weekend.”

The Stormers, meanwhile, are in 10th place in the table, with regular season fixtures remaining against the Southern Kings and the Bulls.

Stormers Captain Deon Fourie, standing in for injured regular skipper Jean de Villiers, was delighted with the consolation victory.

“We miss him (De Villiers). He’s a great leader and a great player, but I think the guys stood up today,” Fourie said.

With two games remaining against local teams, Fourie said the Western Cape outfit were hoping to end the campaign on a high note.

“We have two derby matches left and I think we want two wins out of it. We have some pride to play for.”

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