“We will have to raise the game,” says the Cheetahs manager after a big scare against the Lions



The Cheetahs are ready to take some good lessons from their cat fight against the Lions at Ellis Park this past weekend, where they were pushed all the way to collect a 35-26 Currie Cup wins.

In their previous fight against the Lions, the Cheetahs wiped out the young and inexperienced team 66-14, but facing them with a series of URC reinforcements in the last game proved to be a different fish pot.

The Lions players showed up impressively and the Cheetahs showed a lot of blight, mainly due to the fact that this was only their second game since late March due to the competition structure and their farewell weekend.

“We definitely needed a night like this. It was a shame that we couldn’t play some friendlies (in preparation), there was no one to play with in the last month. So we needed a tough game and the Lions definitely gave it to us, ”admitted Cheetahs manager Hawies Fourie.

“Their forwards played really well and it was only towards the end that we were able to capitalize on their two yellow cards and score the last maul who tried to put the game to bed.

“We have stronger opposition coming up and now we will have to improve our game and play much better than we did against the Lions.”

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One of the players who had a bad night for the Cheetahs was Frans Steyn, star of Bok, who made several mistakes in attack and defense, while also made a couple of mistakes with the boot.

“Everyone has their night off and it was definitely theirs (against the Lions). He is a class player and will bounce back. But he made some mistakes and some bad decisions especially in attack, “explained Fourie.

“But it was al alignment field with the Springboks and he only joined us the night before the game. So he couldn’t train with us all week.

“Not that that’s an excuse, but it’s always hard for those guys to break away from the Springboks and get the Cheetah back in a short amount of time. But it’s quality and will definitely bounce back and take this performance personally.

The Cheetahs now have to prepare for a tough race, which sees them face off against teams battling to make it to the semi-finals of the competition.

“When you go to the business end of the competition you have to be on top of your game. It’s not just the Bulls and the Sharks, you watch the Pumas beat the Sharks in Durban, the Griquas are always a tough team to play, especially away to Kimberley, ”Fourie said.

“So we have to produce against whoever we play, we want to finish at the top of the register. It will be a tough battle with the Sharks next to Bloemfontein, then the Griquas away, the Pumas at home and the Bulls at home ”.