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Sharksworld chats with Skipper Badenhorst at Carisbrook

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 8 Apr 2011 at 15:18
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At the conclusion of the Highlanders 24-21 victory over the Cheetahs at Carisbrook this evening, Sharksworld was able to grab a couple of quick words with former Sharks hooker Skipper Badenhorst.

Sharksworld: Skipper thanks for taking the time to speak with ‘Sharksworld’, you still have a few interested Sharks followers that will be interested in how things have been going for you in the Cheetahs camp.

How are you finding your time with the Cheetahs ?

Skipper Badenhorst: Well it is an exciting time and the team is doing quite well in the circumstances. We have had a lot of injuries and the guys have now really come together and are really now showing some character, they have pulled together nicely. We are hoping to get back some of our major players soon.

SW: You as a side really look a side that is comfortable with ‘ball in hand’. We sometimes think that these South African sides with their huge forwards, come down here and try to rumble over the top of us. You guys however look really composed with ‘ball in hand’, is that something you have been consciously working on or has it just developed over time ?

SB: I think it was just a mind-set, I think some of the previous Cheetahs teams like you said, didn’t look comfortable on attack, we had a more defensive mind set.

SW: How were the lads feeling after the huge win over the Waratahs ?

SB: Well obviously it was the first win ever for the Cheetahs overseas. The guys were pretty happy and excited but we were back on that Monday to beat the Reds, but that just didn’t come off.

SW: Are you happy with the amount of points you have picked up on tour ?

SB: We have 6 of the next 8 games at home which we are looking forward to now. With these home games coming up, we will be looking to make the most of them points wise!

SW: There is always a lot of chat on ‘Sharksworld’ about these South African derbies being the biggest going around, as opposed to the New Zealand and Australian derbies when often one team doesn’t turn up.

What about the Cheetahs knocking over the Sharks, any chance ?

SB: The local derbies are quite big ! Obviously it is trials for Tri Nation and this year World Cup Squads. So yeah, I think there will be some sparks flying again, with not only the Sharks but the Bulls, Lions and Stormers as well, so yeah they are big games.

SW: So if you were to make comparisons with your time in the Sharks camp and now being with the Cheetahs, what are the biggest differences ?

SB: Well one speaks English and one speaks Afrikaans for starters.

SW: That’s a big difference to start with !

SB: Yes, definitely a big difference to start with ! They are teams with two different cultures, one is a more relaxed vibe but has a serious side(Sharks). The Cheetahs are a team of great guys, with great coaching, I see some young guys coming up in the Cheetahs environment that makes me think that the future is looking good.

SW: What about team targets from here on, especially with the next 6 of 8 games at home are there any teams that you will target, and are there any specific point’s targets the squad has ?

SB: Well we are going back to South Africa with the most points ever, so we are really looking to focus on our home games and win those.

SW: What about you Skipper, do you have any personal targets going forward this season ?- Especially with this Ryno Barnes about – he seems a hard man to get off the paddock.

SB: Well we also have Adriaan Strauss on the injury list and he should be back soon. Me, well I’ve got some stuff to sort out in my own game, Ryno is playing well, he is consistent, but I’m still looking forward to getting some game time and if I do, I just want to contribute to the team.

SW: Well thanks for taking the time to speak to ‘Sharksworld’ tonight and all the very best for the second half of the Super season with the Cheetahs, safe travels.

SB: Pleasure.


  • Top Chap ! 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.04.11 15:20:00 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • So does Skipper find it strange that a Kiwi interviewed him for a website in SA?

    Well done HH!

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.04.11 15:23:06 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 1) :

    Awesome work HH!!

    Good on you mate..


  • Comment 3, posted at 08.04.11 15:27:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Great stuff HH!

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.04.11 15:32:38 by Ben Reply
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  • Good interview HH with lots of interesting comments from Skipper who was not going to be pinned down on forecasts of future games in SA. Considering past trips overseas The Cheetahs have collected some valuable points and come close to gaining much more. Good effort by them.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.04.11 17:10:24 by Donald Reply

  • Thanks HH. Lekker, as they say! 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.04.11 18:05:24 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • great one HH :mrgreen:

    and well done

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.04.11 20:17:12 by chaz Reply

  • Nice one HH! Representing for the boyz. Big up yourself! 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.04.11 20:47:49 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : @Ben (Comment 4) : @Donald (Comment 5) : @SharonvanWyk (Comment 6) : @chaz (Comment 7) : @Big Fish (Comment 8) :

    Thanks all, was nice to talk to Skipper at the end of what has been a pretty tough first 7 Rounds for them with only one game at home.

    They looked in pretty good spirits at the end of it all and with the return of a few familiar faces will be a much tougher nut to crack at home.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.04.11 23:06:24 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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