Panicked Cheetahs coach wields axe

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 19 Mar 2014 at 13:09
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Naka Drotske has made some rather sweeping changes to his side that will face the Blues this weekend in a last opportunity to take some points from their thus-far disastrous Antipodean tour.

Drotske’s team are a far cry from the outfit that won three times on tour in 2013; in losing to the Rebels, Reds and Hurricanes in successive outings, they’ve thus far amassed not a single log point from their tour and also comfortably head the “tries conceded” column on the log by a margin of four.

This week, Lappies Labuschagne – who made the Springbok squad last year but has suffered a real slump in 2014 – makes way for Jean Cook at blindside flank in an otherwise unchanged forward division.

It’s at the back where the other changes come, with Ryno Benjamin (usually a wing) picked at inside centre ahead of a genuine midfielder in Howard Mnisi. The other surprise pick sees the somewhat pedestrian Hennie Daniller favoured at wing over paceman Raymond Rhule.

Toyota Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Hennie Daniller, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean Cook, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Andries Ferreira, 20 Pieter Labuschagne, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Howard Mnisi.


  • Well if these guys dont want to give Mnisi a crack in the starting 15 then I really dont know.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.03.14 13:20:07 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 1) : The mind boggles

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.03.14 13:24:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Oh boy, what’s the highest recorded winning margin in SR? :shock:

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.03.14 13:30:35 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) : Google is your friend :)

    89, Bulls (against Reds, 2007 season) Final Score 92-3

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.03.14 13:45:39 by Baylion Reply

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  • I have no time for Benjamin, so why not use Mnisi or even le Roux @ centre with Daniller at 15? :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.03.14 14:05:36 by markm Reply

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  • Quote from another site. Very accurate.

    “First… He lost one Ebersohn… Then he lost his defense coach… Then he lost the better Ebersohn… And now… and now naka just seems to be losing the plot at a rapidly increasing rate… They had a very good 2013… bu they’re gonna need to change the trend soon…”

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.03.14 14:07:11 by Observer Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 4) : Ja you see…that year is somehow deleted from my SR memory…can’t imagine why :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.03.14 14:10:29 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 1) : Its insulting that the very average Benjamin, a wing is playing 12 ahead of the impressive Mnisi a 12………Drotske has no brains

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.03.14 15:05:21 by Saffex Reply

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  • @Saffex (Comment 8) : occasionally we agree. Now is one of those occasions

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.03.14 15:30:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Oh boy, at least it makes Superbru easier.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.03.14 16:26:10 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : did that year really happen?

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.03.14 16:32:50 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 11) : no, we skipped it to correct a long standing issue with the Greogrian calendar.

    Sheesh, you guys! :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.03.14 16:35:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : …and that’s how we managed to skip out on the “prophesied” 2012 Mayan calender fiasco. :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.03.14 17:17:58 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • This was posted on the FS Cheetahs website (in afrikaans) for their supporters, thought some of you might enjoy it.

    Om te verloor is sleg. Baie sleg!
    Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Dit is selfs sleg as jy net jou motor sleutels of jou humeur verloor. Wat nog ? derde agtereenvolgende wedstryd op jou toer oorsee. ? Mens se naweek is net nie dieselfde as jou span reeds so vroeg op ? Saterdag oggend verloor het nie. Vrystaat Rugby is heeltemal bewus van die pyn en frustrasie in ons ondersteuners se gemoedere – en met reg so. Die bestuur bestuur vanVrystaat Rugby is terselfde tyd ook baie trotse ondersteuners in eie reg en voel dieselfde emosies.

    Soveel as wat dit sleg is om te verloor net soveel moet mens jouself baie keer knyp om te herken dat ? rugby wedstryd nie die einde van die wêreld nie. Onthou dat rugby ons besigheid is en net so belangrik as wat rugby vir ons is, en dit is aan die einde van die dagtog ons produk, is dit nie die einde van die wêreld nie.Dit voel soos die einde van die wêreld vir ons en vir die ondersteuners maar daar sal weer gewen word en weer verloor word in die toekoms. Dit bly egter vrek sleg om te verloor!

    Die karakter van ? span, enige span – hetsy ? sportspan, afrigtingspan, produksiespan, verkoopspan, bestuurspan – is nie soseer in die verloor nie maar in die manier hoe jy gaan reageer nadat jy verloor het. Gaan julle as span mekaar blameer, ignoreer, manipuleer, kritiseer of gaan julle opstaan, handevat en mekaar in die oë kyk en aan die anderkant van die krisis deurkom – skouer aan skouer? Die verantwoordelikheid lê by die span om mekaar te ondersteun en die fokus te verskuif na die volgende uitdaging.

    Cheetah Rugby het nog altyd gestaan vir integriteit, deursettingsvermoë, doelgerigtheid, vasbyt, saamstaan en “never say die”.Dit is ook nie anders in hierdie krisis nie. Die storm sal oorwaai en die son sal weer opkom. Die pyn sal stelselmatig minder word. Die Cheetah sal weer sy karakter van saamstaan en bymekaar staan wys. Sport sal altyd vir ‘n mens fantastiese hoogtepunte en swaar moeilike laagtepunte gee. Dit is ? feit!

    Die Cheetahs gaan nie hulle rug op mekaar draai nie en ook nie hulle rug op die ondersteuners draai nie. Opstaan, afstof en aangaan. Koppe optel en mekaar in die oë kyk. Wanneer dit op sy swaarste gaan in die middel van ? krisis, is dit die heel belangrikste om gefokus te bly, mekaar nog stywer nader te trek en te veg tot op die heel einde!

    “Don’t stop believing!”

    Toyota Cheetahs

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.03.14 17:27:16 by Johnnydp Reply

  • @Johnnydp (Comment 14) : So effektief is almal verseker van job security.

    Een wen sal almal laat voel asof hulle die seisoen omgedraai het.

    Vrystaat stel nie belang in SR bekers nie, maar eerder om pelle te wees wat so nou en dan darm ‘n groot span onkant kan vang.

    Ja, 2013 was die eerste en laaste jaar wat FS rugby enigsins vooruitgang gewys het.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.03.14 17:35:47 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • “Tony D’Amato, coach of the Miami Sharks in the 1999 drama Any Given Sunday, peps up his team: “We’re in hell right now gentlemen. Believe me. And we can stay here, get the [email protected]#t kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell… one inch at a time.”

    If Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske doesn’t use those exact words ahead of his team’s last tour match this coming Saturday, he would have missed the greatest opportunity ever to do so.”

    From Bloem’n hell

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.03.14 17:55:46 by Baylion Reply

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  • Frank halai and piutaui should have a field day with daniller on the wing

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.03.14 20:16:51 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

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  • I think Naka has pushed the panic button in an effort to try and get a response from his side. So he has thrown convention out the window so dont expect to see a few risky things on attack. Unfortunately you cant hide on defense and that is where the Cheetahs have been poor this year.

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.03.14 09:01:49 by SheldonK Reply

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