Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske says his team’s ability to deny the Sharks turnover ball was the decisive factor which led to their 31-6 victory in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Rugby 365 reports that the Cheetahs attacked with confidence and they also tackled with intent after a series of matches where they were simply falling off tackles. The Cheetahs also dominated the line-outs but it was their ability to restrict the Sharks’ counter-attack which proved to be the crucial factor.
Drotske is hopeful that the victory will spark a successful run as the Cheetahs head into the final league stages.
“We were conservative on attack, and didn’t want to throw loose passes,” Dotske said, adding that the bulk of the Sharks’ 24 tries this season came from turnovers.
“We were simply not going to give the Sharks those opportunities. Things are looking up now and we must take the positives and build some momentum.”
The Cheetahs won’t be able to bask in the aftermath of their victory for too long as another tough fixture waits in Kimberley next week, when they face the in-form Chiefs.
“We always said we are a team that does not like to travel and we have to get something right there,” Drotske admitted.
“There’s no excuses now, we can take the momentum and keep on going. Kimberly is a tough place to play and the Chiefs are one of the top teams in the tournament. But it will be tough for them in Kimberley.”
Cheetahs fans had very little to shout about so far this season and captain Juan Smith dedicated the victory to their loyal supporters.
“We owed it to our fans. They came out to support us here and this win was for them,” a delighted Smith said.
“We know that we are a better side than the previous games showed. We were the desperate side and we needed this to get the energy back. We set a standard now and we will need to keep up to it.Tweet