Cheetahs aim to win breakdown battle

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, In the news on 4 Sep 2008 at 11:15

The Free State Cheetahs’ loose forwards “are also among the best in the world”.

That is why Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské does not believe that breakdown points and play in the loose are a particular cause for concern ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup match against Western Province at 15:00 at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein, according to Pieter Jordaan of News24.

“I’m not worried about the loose forwards. They (WP) have the big names: Schalk Burger and Luke Watson. But I think everyone knows Heinrich Brüssow, Hendro Scholtz, Duane Vermeulen and Juan Smith. In my opinion those four are also four of the best loose forwards in the world.

“So it isn’t the loose forwards that I’m really concerned about. While the WP guys are good, I believe we can be their equals there,” Drotské said on Wednesday.

Some experts believe Brüssow to be the best ball chaser in South Africa, but he returns this week after an ankle injury, and therefore only as a substitute.

However, as a loose trio Vermeulen, Scholtz and Kabamba Floors asserted themselves in the earlier victory over the Lions in Johannesburg, something that played a critical part in the Cheetahs’ 38-28 win.

“I think it’s something we managed very well against the Lions,” Drotské said, and added that good competition at the breakdowns was now definitely more important than before.

“I really believe we have proved we can score tries. But if we want to win the game our play at the points of breakdown and our defence have to be at the same level as it was against the Lions.

“The breakdowns are the most important thing in rugby today, without quick possession you can do nothing.”

Drotské said that Floors, who lost his place in the starting line-up when Smith returned, will serve as a utility substitute for the whole loose trio, as well as for left and right wing.

It has not yet been decided in which position he will play if he should take the field from the bench.


  • They’re good those free state loosies.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.09.08 11:29:44 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    The WHOLE damn country has good loosies.

    I would almost go as far as saying nobody will be able to pick one Province and decide their loosies are the best. That is what makes the Loose forward battles so cool to me.

    The fact that they are so closely matched.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.09.08 11:36:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • WP are going to murder these guys.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.09.08 20:17:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : We have the worst depth

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.09.08 20:29:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ag Man!!!!!!!!!!!!! Blackshark and i have picked the same score again this week 😳

    GO WP!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.09.08 21:07:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • HAHAHAHAA!! I’m watching the highlights of the Bok/Aus game on Inside Rugby on Wrap from Down Under and they’ve got a lowlights package of all the Aussie handling errors. I didn’t get to see the game and I’m in hysterics! 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.09.08 22:23:49 by klempie Reply

  • HOHO! Kearns just said that he spoke to a South African player the night before the game and he said to the guy “I bet you’re gonna throw out what the coach and managment team have said and take control of the gameplan yourselves. The unnamed player concurred…Seems I was vindicated! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.09.08 22:32:28 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 7) : Opinions differ. I think you were fooled!!! 🙄

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.09.08 05:26:57 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @klempie (Comment 7) : What about this from an unnamed source ” Ho ho ho, Santa Clauss and the seven dwarfs are for real.”?? Now I expect you to go and claim that in the real world. 🙄

    Maybe I should take you with a pinch of salt hey? After all, you are still very young, like you pointed out. 👿

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.09.08 05:41:20 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • I expect Cheetahs to take this by a close margin. JDV are the only real danger here imo.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.09.08 06:12:38 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 9) : What’s with all the aggression dude? There is no reason not to believe Kearns. Why would he just make that up? The anecdotal evidence (the Boks turning around an awful run of matches) only backs what he said up!

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.09.08 21:40:32 by klempie Reply


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