The Cheetahs have not signed on any stars for the 2009 rugby season but coach Naka Drotské believes another golden era is not too far down the line.
Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that Drotské is already working on plans to build a team that can bring the Currie Cup back to Bloemfontein.
After a three-year reign, the Cheetahs were eliminated at the semifinal stage when the Blue Bulls beat them 31-19 in Pretoria last week. But Drotské is confident about the future.
“There is a reason why so few teams win the Currie Cup for three consecutive years,” Drotské said here on Monday. “Everything works in cycles. We were privileged to win it three years running.
“But things changed and we had a very young team this year. They gave their all and they got to the semifinals.
“We hope we learnt from out mistakes; maybe we can win the cup so many times again in a few years’ time,” Drotské said.
It’s was a frustrating season but the coach also saw some light because of the young players who made their mark.
“I am particularly excited about the three youngsters who were still at school last year,” he said, referring to Robert Ebersohn, Wilton Pietersen en Coenie Oosthuizen. In that respect, it had been a positive season, he added.
Top of their list of priorities next year will be an improved performance in the Super 14. They finished 13th this season.
“We’ll have to find a way to get the guys to believe in themselves; something that was missing this year. We lost several matches that we should have won; mainly through our mistakes.
“There were times when we conceded two tries in five or six minutes,” Drostké explained.
“But I am positive about the future because of the talent we have in our region. If we can keep these players together for three or four years, it will undoubtedly work out positively.”Tweet