Richard Ferguson

Cheetahs lead the way…

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 2 Apr 2012 at 08:30
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The Cheetahs have returned home after what can only be described a successful tour of the Antipodes, coming back with 11 points after securing their second win of the tour against the Hurricanes this weekend.

The Cheetahs got things off with a bang against the Brumbies, and if it wasn’t for a dodgy referee decision, could have had another three points on their return. Nevertheless, they got a bonus point for losing by only a point, and then went on to beat the Rebels the week after, to take 5 points from Australian opposition.

They faced the difficult task of facing the Crusaders in New Zealand, and to make things worse, it was the Sader’s first game at their new stadium. They did extremely well though, coming back from quite a deficit to draw level with only a few minutes left in the game, only to go down by seven, but still picking up another bonus point.

This weekend, they took on the Hurricanes, and played which must be the worst half hour of rugby they have put together all tour, only to respond with the best 50 minutes of running rugby, outscoring the Canes significantly to score their first victory in New Zealand.

What exactly are the Cheetahs doing right, and what can other South African teams take from their approach?

The most important thing is that they have adopted a ball in hand approach. Most teams should take note of this, except maybe the Bulls who seem to enjoy the kick and chase game plan, based on Morne Steyn and Bjorn Basson doing all the work in their backline. The Sharks and Lions in particular would do well to take this on, as they seem very happy to kick the ball away and let the opposition do all the playing.

The above approach has not only lead to the team doing well on tour, but they have not lost by more than seven points in the two games that did go pear shaped, and in the process, they scored thirteen tries and a heck of a lot of penalties through Mr Goosen.

The above ball in hand approach, together with a positive attitude in that they want to go out and score tries seems to be something that is rattling the opposition, as most South African teams just accept that they are bound to go down in certain tour matches, and take their beating lying down. The Cheetahs throw everything including the kitchen sink at a game, and their never give up style has seen them rewarded and will see them come back to Bloemfontein brimming with confidence as they take on the Lions this coming weekend.

There is one last thing the Cheetahs have that other South African teams lack, and that is the belief that they can actually go out there and win, whether they are playing in Bloemfontein, Welkom or Christchurch.

The Sharks still have two games in which to take from the Cheetahs tour, while the Bulls, Lions and Stormers can take note and make the most of the lessons the Cheetahs have taught us. A big up to the Cheetahs for doing well on their tour, and exceeding certainly my expectations of them.


  • Just as note for those who WERE thinking of going. The game in Welkom has been moved back to Bloemfontein.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.04.12 08:46:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • “Most teams should take note of this, except maybe the Bulls who seem to enjoy the kick and chase game plan, based on Morne Steyn and Bjorn Basson doing all the work in their backline.”

    That is utter nonsense Richard,pure rubbish and by the way congrats to the stormers on saturday.

    To the pink bulls we only pitched up in the second half we need to bounce back on saturday great fight back !

    My blood is Blue!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.04.12 08:48:06 by Muzi Reply
  • @Muzi (Comment 2) :

    What is rubbish about it Muzi?

    Your centres were standing in the backline combing their hair all evening..

    The kick and chase works for you guys, you are still second on the log thanks to it..

    Just pointing out that your team does things differently…

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.04.12 08:51:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • If there is one thing we can learn from the Cheetahs, it is the straightning of the line that Strauss does SO well and the fact that they don’t stand so deep. Look at that backline running, it is simply beautiful.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.04.12 09:04:49 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 4) : Agree wholeheartedly. Still mumbling under my breath at Strauss playing for the Cheetahs….

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.04.12 09:20:55 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 2) : I don’t understand your comment Muzi.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.04.12 09:23:24 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Muzi (Comment 2) : Come Muzi surely you cannot deny that is the Bulls tactic, its working in some cases, but it clearly was well nullified by the Stormers who raced to a 14 0 start. I counted 3 consecutive times that dom Morne tried his up and under, 3 consecutive times all did not work and just brought play right back into their own half by the Stormers! 1st time Morne kicks up and under and Joe catches it and hoofs it back at bulls, Morne catches tries same thing again, and I think it was Aplon caught it and ran it back, Bulls get hold of it again and guess what Morne does hooofs it up in the air again, only for Pietersen to catch it and set the line out in Bulls territory again. Surely you see that tactic is not working and you change? Ludeke must have been tearing his hair out at that point! Well done Stormers!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.04.12 09:31:46 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • I suspect fear of relegation has also provided an extra level of impetus to the performances of the Cheetahs. Whatever the reason, I’m really enjoying their games this year.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.04.12 09:42:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) : guess the Lions didn’t get that particular memo…

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.04.12 09:43:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : They gave the Crusaders a good go for a while there but seemed to run out of steam towards the end.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.04.12 09:52:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 2) :
    Nothing wrong with a strategy that has won so many competitions; but imagination on attack is clearly not a Bulls strongpoint.

    The problem against the Stormers wasn’t the tactic, but the execution. Steyn’s kicking game was off-form, and his lack of a “B” game was shown up badly by that.

    By the way – I believe that your blood is pienk, not so?

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.04.12 09:55:05 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : he’s blood, his shirt, his broeks, his socks, his toks, his undies and the ribbon in his hair! 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.04.12 10:01:49 by Ice Reply
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  • The “vuilgatte” stormers 😈 will not win the super 15 without a doubt they have a great pack and a backline that can’t score tries.

    My beloved Bulls lack experience but we are clinical and ruthless on attack we will bounce back again.
    So far so good 20 points for a team rebuiding is impressive.

    The Sharks have the best pack in SA and they look good on paper but they are not clinical on attack.

    Even if the lions had all their fit average players they would still be KAK 😈 this is not currie cup welcome to reality !

    Cheetahs two words Johann Goosen SA’s next Dan Carter what a great player.

    Bambie or should i say 3D 🙄 Bambie and Elton are damn good but not better than the Goose.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.04.12 12:45:29 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 13) : vuilgatte Stormers… 😯
    Dude enlighten us, who got warned and yellowed in the game for being vuilgat 😯

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.04.12 13:39:22 by Franshark Reply

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