Richard Ferguson

How to outrun a Cheetah…

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Sep 2010 at 16:59
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The Sharks fixture against the Cheetahs this weekend has become a whole lot more important after the loss to the Bulls two weeks ago. Even though the Sharks are perched at the top of the log, we all know that things can go, and have gone in the past, horribly wrong from this position. So how do we beat the Cheetahs thos weekend?

Everybody should know by now that statistics are my forte, and I am going to run through some basics focused on what the Cheetahs do right and wrong and the Sharks should go into the game.

Looking at the Cheetahs’ recent run against the Bulls, Griquas and Western Province, it has become evident that they focus a lot on their set pieces. They have an 85% record when it comes to lineouts, and their scrums aren’t a problem either. This should send alarm bells to the Sharks to keep ball in hand (cliché I know), because the chances of stealing a lineout are zip. No offence to Sykes and Hargreaves, but they really need to work on their attempts to steal opposition lineout ball.

The Cheetahs do kick away possession quite a bit, so whoever ends up playing at fullback will have to make sure that his positioning is spot on. If reports are to be believed and Ludik does in fact run on in the 15 jumper, this should play into the Sharks hands as he is a counter attacker and likes to run the ball up.

Philip van der Walt is the Richie McCaw in the Cheetahs team, topping the ruck attendance stats, especially the defensive rucks, and he will easily steal or disrupt Sharks ball if we do not get to the ruck and protect the ball. Botes will be key in this regard, and thought of dropping him to make room for Daniel will be a fatal error.

The outcome of this game is vitally important to the Sharks, and can set up their run through to the semi’s as either very easy with only home games needed to be won, or quite difficult with a victory over WP at Newlands a requirement to reach the top spot.


  • So basically it’s do what you do best

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.09.10 17:19:27 by war1 Reply
  • I think Sykes and Botes will be crucial in the role they play at ruck time, while we will need Lambie to spark the backline: our centres are pretty one-dimensional, and the Cheaters have a bloody good defence.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.09.10 18:50:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • We really need sum1 2 spark the backline and we wont get it from our centres,our faith rest on lambie and loose trio.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.09.10 21:14:03 by Gotti Reply

  • Cheetahs will take this one!! Mark my words…

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.09.10 21:44:08 by wpw Reply
  • I’ll mark your big butt with my size 9’s instead.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.09.10 21:57:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : I really hope you have a history of jinxing the Cheetahs 😀

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.09.10 22:01:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Lmao @ Big Feeesh!!
    You know what they say about men who wear big sized shoes!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.09.10 22:07:23 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 7) : That is far more information than I needed or wanted. 😉 A little surprised that is the immediate direction you took it Wes. 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.09.10 23:01:33 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 8) : Oh what was I thinking, I am not at all surprised. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.09.10 23:02:06 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : I wanted to pick the Cheetahs on SB, but just couldn’t do it 😳

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.09.10 07:10:45 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 10) : No ways, Boet!!! I will NEVER bet against the Sharks, then I rather lose out on another SB accolade! Shame on YOU! 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.09.10 07:19:19 by Pink Ice Reply
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  • DB
    They have big feet! Dude what did YOU think I was talking about?? 😯

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.09.10 07:34:38 by wpw Reply
  • vrystaat to bag this game! 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.09.10 07:58:24 by Megatron Reply

  • We won them the first round away 25-13. What had changed? We got some players back, they got some back, we lost some, they lost some C’Mon they are just NOT good enough. Just because they beat the bulls, every body is scared. You do not need talent to beat the Bulls. We gave it to the Bulls , but we are a way better team. To lose against the Bulls , was to test their supporters 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.09.10 08:12:46 by Stef Reply

  • I have a funny feeling that things are not going to go our way this weekend. Hope I’m wrong thou…

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.09.10 08:14:41 by Farlington Reply

  • WOW, if i read these comments you wouldn’t say that this web-site is called SHARKSworld….. 👿 👿 👿 😕 😕 😕

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.09.10 08:44:23 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 16) : That doesn’t mean that we aren’t realistic….I’m sure we all support the Sharks but also realise that it’s not going to be easy and looking at the performances of the Cheetah’s and the Sharks over the last couple of weeks then the Cheetah’s could possibly be concidered as favourites for this game.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.09.10 08:50:26 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Current community picks on SB:
    Sharks 80.26%
    Cheetahs 19.5%
    Draw 0.24%

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.09.10 10:18:02 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 18) : Plus minus 13000 picks has already been made.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.09.10 10:18:52 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 18) : that is a very interesting stat…. is that across SB as a whole?

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.09.10 10:24:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : I believe it is

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.09.10 10:29:33 by Jarson Reply
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  • You forgot the most important thing Rich…

    How will the Sharks break down the Cheetahs defense? Which is their biggest strength…

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.09.10 10:43:50 by Morné Reply
  • Rich, btw, what is Sykes’ stats on ball steals or attempts lately?

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.09.10 11:08:29 by Pink Ice Reply
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