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Cheetahs eye drastic improvement

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 11 Jan 2009 at 09:22
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Cheetahs captain Juan Smith believes his team has the necessary firepower to drastically improve on their 13th place finish in the Super 14 in 2008.

Rugby 365 reports that while the Cheetahs may lack the depth of the other South African Super 14 franchises, Smith stressed that the Bloemfontein outfit has quality back-up players in almost all positions this season.

Since their inclusion in the southern hemisphere showpiece the Cheetahs has been forced to develop young players rather than spend huge sums on buying top players — the lack of which has counted heavily against the team in the past.

But Smith is confident that the Cheetahs recruitment efforts will pay dividends this year.

“We have bought a few new backline players this season like Corné Uys [former Stormers centre] and Piet van Zyl [former Boland Cavaliers centre], so we have a bit more depth,” said Smith told Business Day.

“We now have two or three players who can fill in almost all positions. But apart from that I am really impressed with the shape the guys are in after their break and the spirit among the players. They can’t wait for the series .”

Despite the team winning only one of their 13 games last season, Smith said it was not necessary to make drastic changes to their game plan.

“The main problem is that we do not have the depth in top players the other franchises have,” he said.

“But last season we lost out on about nine bonus points, which would have put us in a better position. It is little things that we have to correct at this stage, like playing for the full 80 minutes rather than playing for 70 minutes, which we did last season.”

Smith, however, admits that the team faces a huge challenge in the series, especially since most of the opposition teams have established sides featuring a few veterans.

“A lot of the players are young and for many of them it will be their first overseas tour,” said Smith.

“As things stand we are the only South African franchise that has not won a game on the overseas leg. So it will be a challenge but we are looking forward to it.”


  • Realy hope the Cheetas have a fitting season. Think ALL the SA teams deserves 10 and better (not 13th or 14th)

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.01.09 10:13:40 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • Go proteas! exciting t20 game…

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.01.09 10:38:57 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • All I want from the Cheetahs & Lions is to win their home games. That will not only improve the chances of the other saffa sides to make the semis but also go a long way towards helping them to secure a home semi.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.01.09 12:04:53 by McLovin Reply
  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 2) : Seems Aus won’t be getting 200+. 😎

    That Warner bloke gave them a perfect start.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.01.09 12:06:32 by McLovin Reply
  • Aus – 182/9

    Great comeback from SA to restrict them to under 200.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.01.09 12:07:07 by McLovin Reply
  • Last 5 ovs 37/5 RR 7.40

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.01.09 12:08:23 by McLovin Reply
  • Gibbs gone. Hits him outside leg & given out. 👿 👿 👿

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.01.09 12:30:37 by McLovin Reply
  • AB falls on his wicket. 👿

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.01.09 12:35:44 by McLovin Reply
  • Might as well go wash the car. 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.01.09 12:36:01 by McLovin Reply
  • Kallis gone. 12/3 3 overs. 🙄

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.01.09 12:41:23 by McLovin Reply
  • 87/5

    need 96 of 46 balls

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.01.09 13:16:02 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    Home games except against the Sharks of course. 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.01.09 14:25:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :


    Australia won by 52 runs

    Australia 182/9 (20/20 ov)
    South Africa 130 (18.0/20 ov)

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.01.09 14:26:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Well at least Duminy showed that he belongs at this level. Why did Amla not play??

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.01.09 16:09:54 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 14) :

    Why did Amla not play????????????????? that should be the least of your worries.

    Why did Liverpool not beat such a lowly team? 😀

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.01.09 18:53:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • hehehe welcome back oubaas

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.01.09 19:09:15 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 16) : second that 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.01.09 19:38:44 by robdylan Reply
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