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Rassie fingers Cheetahs’ problem


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 7 May 2008 at 07:03

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus has revealed that the Cheetahs still suffer from the same problems that caused him to swap Bloemfontein for Cape Town.

Erasmus feels that the squad depth at the Free State franchise was simply not deep enough while he was at the helm, and that was the main reason that made him consider offers to coach with other Super 14 franchises.

Rugby 365 reports that Erasmus told OFM Sport, “It is a difficult year for the Cheetahs,”.

“The same reasons that made me leave the Cheetahs, continue to be the problem. The Cheetahs don’t have enough depth. And they also don’t have the money to buy that depth,” said the Stormers coach.

Erasmus went on to explain that during his spell as coach, the Cheetahs performed reasonably well in the Super 14, but as soon as injuries became a telling factor around the halfway mark of the competition, it spelled the end for the Cheetahs.

Coach Naka Drotské has had similar fortunes this season with the Bloemfontein-based franchise.

Both Erasmus and Drotské won the Currie Cup in their first seasons at the helm of the Cheetahs. But Drotské is now struggling in the Super 14 season that follows that Currie Cup victory, just as Erasmus did before him.

It is certainly not because they are poor coaches. In fact, Erasmus has proved at the Stormers this season that with enough depth and the financial backing to buy the right players, he is one of the best technical coaches in world rugby.

Drotské in turn can count excellent man-management skills amongst his strong points.

Both Erasmus and Drotské are not ones to look for excuses when things don’t go to plan. But when someone like Erasmus gives a neutral perspective from outside the Cheetahs sphere, that one realises the daunting task that Drotské faced, considering the lengthy injury list at the Cheetahs.

Drotské had to make do without the following players for one or more matches: Bevin Fortuin (Springbok fullback), Gavin Passens (Bok wing), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (flyhalf), Juan Smith (Bok flank and captain), Kabamba Floors (Bok flank), Barend Pieterse (Bok lock), Kobus Calldo (prop) and CJ van der Linde (Bok prop).

Despite this critical injury list, Drotské did not complain about his fate. He has also had to cope this season after watching a massive number of experienced, quality players depart the Free State for greener pastures.

The coach has also had to rebuild his team after the following players became unavailable for the Cheetahs’ Super 14 campaign since last year: Zane Kirchner (Griquas fullback, Bulls), Tiger Mangweni (Griquas fullback, Blue Bulls), Philip Burger (Free State wing, Perpignan), Ronnie Cooke (Griquas centre, Brive), Marius Joubert (Free State centre, Clermont), Willem de Waal (Free State flyhalf, Narbonne), Michael Claassens (Free State scrumhalf, Bath), Bian Vermaak (Free State forward, overseas), Gareth Krause (Griquas loose forward, overseas), Ryno van der Merwe (Free State eighthman, Brive), Corniel van Zyl (Free State lock, Treviso), Jannie du Plessis (Free State prop, Sharks), Ollie le Roux (Free State prop, Leinster) en Os du Randt (Free State prop, retired).



33 Comments

  • Not exactly rocket-science now is it. :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.05.08 10:16:07 by racheltjiedebeer Reply
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  • But that is surely a long list of players lost. :shock:

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.05.08 10:16:40 by racheltjiedebeer Reply
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  • Jissus… too many!

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.05.08 11:02:09 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • Erasmus went on to explain that during his spell as coach, the Cheetahs performed reasonably well in the Super 14, but as soon as injuries became a telling factor around the halfway mark of the competition, it spelled the end for the Cheetahs.

    Coach Naka Drotské has had similar fortunes this season with the Bloemfontein-based franchise.

    Only picked up problems at the halfway mark?

    Am I the only one to see that they’ve only won one game this season?

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.05.08 11:15:52 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • I think you need to keep one eye closed when reading this piece.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.05.08 11:17:33 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • How is that Rat-boy, Philip Burger doing in France?

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.05.08 11:27:49 by Villie Reply
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  • Vinnie

    I think Naka’s halfway mark came at Game 1.

    Their problem is depth, but that is caused by lack of funds. Why can’t the Cheetahs find a decent sponsor?

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.05.08 11:43:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Because their “brains trust” has the collective business sense of a field of vrot mielies!

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.05.08 12:19:00 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • They certainly look like rectifying their structures. Playing in the Vodacup final after beating WP on Newlands and starting their own academy in Bloem. They lost a lot of players like above qouted by their secret will be to hold on their own talent like the WP do at the moment. Give them a year or two and you’ll see the dividends. I mean they produce two exciting youngsters like Vermeulen & Brussouw.

    The brain trust maybe like a field of vrot mielies but like the young mielies grow quality rugby players year after year.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.05.08 16:02:24 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • PaarlBok – just the guy I was looking for. You know anything about an ex-Gimmies flyhalf who’s currenty in the Wildebeest squad?

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.05.08 16:05:20 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Vermeulen is from Nelspruit Hoer…

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.05.08 16:06:50 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Chris Jordaan – that’s the guy.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.05.08 16:07:42 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Name?

    The good Gimmie flyhalfs I know out of the duim is Ricardo Croy playing for WP and Andre Smit played for RAU in Bobbejaansberg.

    If you can get hold of this two you do have some talent on your hands.

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.05.08 16:08:09 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • see above – Chris Jordaan is his name

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.05.08 16:09:48 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • PaarlBok, what year were you at PaarlGym?

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.05.08 16:11:05 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Of the current Cheetahs backs, Daniller, Passens, Fredericks, Bosman nd Potgieter were born and/or schooled outside of the Free State

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.05.08 16:13:08 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • No maybe he was a bit before I got to Paarl. Only arrived her from 2000. But if he played Gimmies first XV he should be good. SlapChips did not make Gim first XV when he was here at school.

    I do know Gimmies legend coach Frikkie van Zyl, now coaching Boland Landbou and he should give you a very good view of all those players.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.05.08 16:15:06 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • Le Req I am a born and bred Namaqualander. Now a big Gimmie supporter due to my kids attending there.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.05.08 16:22:36 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • i see …. :grin:

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.05.08 16:29:22 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • he might not have played first XV… ;)

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.05.08 16:30:55 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Rob, you seem to like gardening… how do I get rid of aphids without investing in an environment damaging insecticide? :evil: :?:

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.05.08 16:39:39 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • ladybirds ;)

    Or you could try wash them off.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.05.08 16:54:41 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • or you could look here: http://www.ehow.com/how_4030_rid-aphids-naturally.html

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.05.08 16:55:13 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • :shock:
    Shock, horror – gardening!!! Eeeek!
    And I thought I was pushing it with ranting on about hunting on the other site… :cool:

    Kidding, nothing like a green garden to make a house a home. Hate these new places with not even a shrub in sight, nevermind a tree.

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.05.08 17:01:06 by Namboer Reply

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  • I love trees… they make me feel human

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.05.08 17:05:23 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • in fact, that’s one of the best things about living in the UK

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.05.08 17:07:06 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Hmmm, which part(s) of which tree do you prefer Rob…would living in Holland not be better then!
    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.05.08 17:38:53 by Namboer Reply

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  • Then you should have been ecstatic in Poland.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.05.08 17:45:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Didn’t see many in inner Warsaw

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.05.08 18:52:29 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Not one for the high life!

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.05.08 18:54:05 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Am planning a trip to Camobodia soon to sample some of their “happy pizzas”… apparently they put a little more than tomato paste on their base…

    As for the trees – I dig trees. Especially big ones. And there’s no shortage of trees where I live either… time for an afternoon tree hug me thinks… :)

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.05.08 18:56:08 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Hmmm, which part(s) of which tree do you prefer Rob…would living in Holland not be better then!

    Comment 27 of 31, posted at 07.05.08 17:38:53 by Namboer Edit

    lol. Boom. That’s classic.

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.05.08 18:56:55 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Camobodia?

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.05.08 20:07:51 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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