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Cheetahs planning to ambush the Crusaders


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 15 Apr 2010 at 07:12
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Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie believes his team can stage a Super 14 ambush in Christchurch on Saturday, when they meet the second-placed Crusaders.

Rugby 365 reports that Fourie, speaking to the Bloemfontein-based radio station OFM, said his team has proved in the past that they can upstage teams at the top end of the table.

He admits that it will be a tall order to overcome the most succesful team in the competition’s history, but feels the Cheetahs have a big performance in them.

“We all know there are no easy games in the competition,” Fourie told OFM’s sportscage.

“On top of that the Crusaders, in Christchurch, is one of the toughest hurdles to clear.

“However, we beat them in Bloemfontein last year and we believe we can do that again if we play well enough.

“Last year we showed we can overcome the odds and our two wins this year again showed it. Nobody gave us a change against the Hurricanes and the Sharks in Durban.”

However, since those two victories early in the season the Cheetahs have slumped to four successive – three in Australia.

“Since those games [the Sharks and Hurricanes] we have been pretty disappointed with our performances,” Fourie said.

Although he was at pains to stress that it is not an excuse for some of their shocking defeats, Fourie admitted that the large number of injuries have been disruptive.

“There have been many setbacks,” he said, when asked how difficult it was for the team to tour without inspirational captain Juan Smith – who was at the bedside of his father, who passed away last week.

“It is ironic that most of the major injuries are in one position,” he said of a rash of setbacks and injuries that have robbed them of five loose forwards.

“Kabamba [Floors] has been banned [for five weeks], Ashley [Johnson] is injured, Heinrich Brüssow is injured, Frans Viljoen is injured and now Juan [Smith] with his father’s death.

“That is five quality players, four of them Springboks, so it is tough to lose those players. The same goes for [Sevens Bok] Lionel Mapoe in the backline.”

He pointed out that 12 players have played their first Super Rugby this year, many as a result of the numerous injury setbacks.

“Nobody would have predicted that at the outset,” Fourie said, adding: “We thought we had a lot of depth. Yet we had such a run of injuries that we will be fielding our 12th debutant on Saturday.

“I’m not sure there is any other team that fielded 12 newcomers in one season.

“If you take any team in the competition and you take their top five loose forwards out of the equation they will struggle.

“However, we said from the outset there will be no excuses this year and we have to be honest and say that in some games – like against the Highlanders, the Reds and the Brumbies – we simply did not play well enough to win.

“We have to own up and take it on the chin sometimes and admit that in those games we simply did not play well enough to win.”



36 Comments

  • He admits that it will be a tall order to overcome the most succesful team in the competition’s history, but feels the Cheetahs have a big performance in them.

    I’m just glad that they only have the Lions of the South African teams left to play. That way when they give that ONE big performance then it will not rob the Stormers or the Bulls of a Home Semi.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.04.10 07:21:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I’m even more glad that neither the Lions nor the Cheetahs will be playing either of the SA semi final contendors towards the end of the season.

    That way we won’t have to be subjected to another idiotic column from Tank Lanning about how they should throw the match in the best interests of South African Rugby. :???:

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.04.10 07:25:04 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Hey KSA Shark
    Has the Cheetahs ever won a game in NZ or Oz??

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.04.10 07:40:46 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    Not that I’m aware of.

    This is a secret plan that they have been working towards for 5 years. so that they can beat the Saders this weekend.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.04.10 07:46:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :
    Is that similar to Loffie Eloff’s 3 year plan at the Lions?? :grin:

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.04.10 07:52:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    They have played the Aus and NZ sides 41 times and have only managed 7 wins (17%). Of those 7 wins 6 were in Bloem and 1 in Kimberly

    They have played the fellow SA sides 19 times and have won 7 (37%) of those as well.

    They have 14 out of the 60 games they have played. (23%)

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.04.10 07:53:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.04.10 07:54:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I believe I might have said this before:

    “get these losers out of the Super 14″

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.04.10 07:57:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Go and have a look at my question on the “Cheetahs and Lions can sleep easy” thread. :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.04.10 08:02:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : hahahahha, I almost thought the 1 out of seven was overseas….but no, it was in Kimberly. :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.04.10 08:03:31 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.04.10 08:06:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I wish the Cheetah’s would just shut up and do their talking on the field :twisted:

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.04.10 08:18:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Good morning Pokkel. Hoe gaan dit met jou vandag ou maat?? :wink:

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.04.10 08:21:39 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : Goed en jy :grin:

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.04.10 08:24:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : they won a game overseas in 1997 (in dunedin i think) but that was when super 12 qualification was based on currie cup final standings, am pretty sure they have not won a game as a franchise

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.04.10 08:29:44 by war1 Reply
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  • Ag oraait. Ek is nog oppad werk toe. Het n bietjie laat geslaap vanoggend. Dit is vrek koud in Slaapstad vandag!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.04.10 08:29:48 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : Die winter begin nou nader kruip hier by ons ook. Ek slaap nou vir die 1ste keer in omtrent 6 maande weer onder n duvet. :???:

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.04.10 08:33:48 by Pokkel Reply
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  • BWAHAHAHA! Cheetahs ambush Crusers . . .
    Crusaders ain`t the Sharks guys. They take everything serious, even if they field their wednesday team against the FS they`ll still secure a bonus point victory.
    One of the bankers for the weekend to throw in with your multiple . . .

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.04.10 08:50:35 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 18) : lmao…cheetahs ambush the saders? :shock: That Hawies Fourie is a daydreamer of note!

    Like OP rightly said, the Saders ARE NOT THE BUMBLING SHARKS!!!! :D

    Naka Drotske should be fired, he is an embrassment to south african rugby, how this guy still has a s14 job is beyond me and shows how messed up our rugby still is and controlled by a certain section of our population!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.04.10 08:58:17 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 18) : do they?

    @Megatron (Comment 19) : and what about last year ?

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.04.10 09:28:55 by rekinek Reply
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  • the word PIPEDREAM comes to mind.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.04.10 09:39:47 by try time Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : i wish the cheetahs and kings/spears unite and try and create something that resembles a squad. as for the lions they just need to hit reset.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.04.10 09:46:24 by try time Reply

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  • Even with Carter, Fruean, Guilford, Ellis, Thorn, Read and Owen Franks rested the Saders will have far too much for the Cheetahs up front.

    Crusaders freshening and building nicely ….worrying signs !

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.04.10 09:50:38 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 23) :

    Hey HH,

    Howzit man?? ;-) :grin:

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.04.10 09:54:50 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 24) : Excellent …. haven’t written my article though !

    Are you worried about 2mrow ? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.04.10 10:02:13 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 25) :

    Nope. Not at all.

    It is after all only a game!!! :shock: :lol:

    Nah bro, I am sure we can beat the Chiefs!! :cool:

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.04.10 10:08:21 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 26) : You should be ok…they don’t have any forwards….scrum is absolutely rubbish.

    they do have the odd back that is incredible but surely your forwards won’t let them into the game.

    Chiefs have had a incredible turn around in their season.

    Bulls should get past the travel wary Reds…but that may be tougher.

    Brumbies, Blues, Saders, Sharks….. easy

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.04.10 10:13:34 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 27) :

    Ja well… lets wait and see!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.04.10 10:27:28 by wpw Reply
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  • Pretty darn stock standard team announced, no real surprises with Muller back in the team.

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.04.10 10:29:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 19) :
    Why did your nephew throw in his lot with the BUMBLING SHARKS. He would surely have been better off at one of the Eastern Cape unions or even playing in New Zealsnd.

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.04.10 11:57:25 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 19) :
    I dont get what you mean by OUR rugby being controlled by a certain section of the population. Please explain.

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.04.10 12:00:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Hawies Fourie just said what he had to say to the media before the game and will say what he has to say after the game.

    It’s not like he can say… “Well ja, we know we are going to lose but we were told that we still have to pitch for the game”.

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.04.10 16:14:34 by Farlington Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : hope so just to hear a comment from Megatron :oops: ;-)

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.04.10 18:14:03 by Chaz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : agree then at least we will win our first games :oops: ;-)

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.04.10 18:27:26 by Chaz Reply

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  • well me is going for the night till tomorrow :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.04.10 18:29:26 by Chaz Reply

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  • @Chaz (Comment 33) :
    I also wouldnt mind hearing from Megatron regarding @Salmonoid (Comment 30) : and @Salmonoid (Comment 31) :

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.04.10 08:36:30 by Salmonoid Reply
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