The Cheetahs are set to take some good classes out of their catfight towards the Lions at Ellis Park over the previous weekend, the place they have been pushed all the way in which in choosing up a 35-26 win within the Currie Cup.
In their earlier encounter towards the Lions the Cheetahs blew away the younger and inexperienced aspect 66-14, however going through them with numerous URC reinforcements within the newest sport proved to be a unique kettle of fish.
The Lions gamers fronted up impressively and the Cheetahs confirmed loads of rust, primarily on account of the truth that this was simply their second match for the reason that finish of March because of the construction of the competitors and them having had a bye weekend.
“We definitely needed a night like this. It was a pity that we couldn’t play a few friendly games (in the build-up), there was just no one to play in the past month. So we needed a tough game and the Lions definitely gave it to us,” admitted Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie.
“Their forwards performed very well and it was simply in the direction of the tip the place we have been in a position to capitalise on their two yellow playing cards and rating that final maul attempt to put the sport to mattress.
“We have stronger opposition coming up and we will now need to lift our game and play a lot better than we did against the Lions.”
One of the gamers who had a nasty night time for the Cheetahs was Bok star Frans Steyn, who made numerous errors on assault and defence, whereas he made a few errors with the boot as nicely.
“Everyone has their off-night and it was definitely his (against the Lions). He is a class player and he will bounce back. But he made a few mistakes and a few wrong decisions especially on attack,” defined Fourie.
“But he was on the alignment camp with the Springboks and solely joined us the night time earlier than the match. So he couldn’t prepare with us the entire week.
“Not that that’s an excuse but it’s always difficult for those guys to switch off from the Springboks and on for the Cheetahs again in a short space of time. But he is quality and he will definitely bounce back and take this performance personally.”
The Cheetahs now have to arrange themselves for a troublesome run in, which sees them face groups who’re battling it out to make it into the competitors semifinals.
“When you go to the business end of the competition you have to be on top of your game. It’s not just the Bulls and Sharks, you look at the Pumas beating the Sharks in Durban, the Griquas are always a tough team to play, especially away in Kimberley,” mentioned Fourie.
“So we have to produce against whoever we play, we want to finish top of the log. It’s going to be a tough run-in with the Sharks next in Bloemfontein, then the Griquas away, Pumas at home and Bulls at home.”