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Soft tries haunt Drotske

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 10 Mar 2009 at 07:01
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Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has bemoaned his team’s habit of giving away soft tries, a diseases which has seen them lose all four their matches in the Super 14 competition – including a 12-29 loss to the Hurricanes at the weekend.

Rugby 365 reports that while the hard-running Hurricanes backs are beginning to show ominous form in the tournament, as their team sneaked into to the top four ahead of the Blues, it was the Cheetahs’ defensive frailties that most concerned Drotské.

“We conceded a couple of soft tries just before the [half-time] break,” the Cheetahs mentor said about his team’s failure to retain possession and then allowed the Hurricanes to counter from turnovers.

“The problem is that we took the ball through eight or nine phases, just to conceded a turnover and then watch the opposition score,” Drotské said, adding: “We also let slip a few chances of our own to score.”

However, having made 10 changes from the previous week and fielded most of his back-up players, the Cheetahs coach is confident his struggling outfit is beginning to turn the corner.

“We rested many of our players and those who came in played their hearts out against what I felt is now the best team in the competition,” Drotské said.

Next up for the Cheetahs are the Blues, in Albany, then complete their road trip against the Highlanders before returning hone.

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