Cheetahs aim to toughen up

Naka Drotské (Gallo Images)
Naka Drotské (Gallo Images)
Bloemfontein - The Cheetahs will be looking to start strongly and keep it up for the full 80 minutes when they host the Brumbies at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening.

No team in Super Rugby have scored more tries in the first 20 minutes of their matches than the Cheetahs, who have scored 10 during this period of a match.

However, they tend to also concede more tries than all the other teams late in the match (16 on average in the last quarter) and will have to make a step up in this department.

With two wins from three against the Brumbies in Bloem, the Cheetahs have shown they have what it takes to beat the team from Canberra in South Africa, who have arrived in the Republic as Australian Conference leaders on the back of a victory in their top-of-the-table clash against the Cell C Sharks last weekend.

"The Brumbies are a quality side, they showed that against the Sharks last weekend," said Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské.

"They don’t have many weaknesses.

"Their pack is solid and their set-piece play is really good, while they play with lots of continuity, manage to get quick ball at the breakdown and have a good defence.

"The Brumbies count amongst the front runners in the competition, but having said that, we will always give ourselves a chance in Bloemfontein and we know we can win here, even though it won’t be easy.

"We need to cut out the soft moments, such as the two tries the Force scored against us when we had the ball.

"If you want to win at this level, you simply have to concentrate for the full 80 minutes."

Teams:

Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Boela Serfontein, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Nicolaas van Dyk, 19 Carel Greeff, 20 Waltie Vermeulen, 21 Renier Botha, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Cornal Hendricks

Brumbies:

15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Fotu Auelua, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio

Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 JP Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Pat McCabe
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