Reds 43 , Toyota Cheetahs 33

March 7, 2014
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imagesTwo teams coming off bitterly disappointing performances, which meant they both had plenty to work on this week.

The biggest disappointments for the Reds, who were outscored by four tries to one by the Waratahs, was that they conceded 22 turnovers and missed 11 tackles.

However, Cheetahs assistant coach Hawies Fourie was quick to point out that his own team – who missed 42 tackles and conceded 24 turnovers against the Rebels – will have to lift their game considerably.

“We all know there are no easy matches and you can knock over any team on any given day if you are switched on and you execution is good on the day,” Fourie told this website in an interview from the team’s training base on the Gold Coast.

“The Reds may have been on the wrong end of a big hiding from the Waratahs, but in my book the Waratahs are one of the top teams in the competition this year.

“While that result may have surprised some people, the Waratahs are one of the better teams this year.”

The other big factor is that the Cheetahs have never beaten the Reds in Brisbane.

However, they are hoping for a another ‘first’, of which there have been many in the last two years – such as reaching the play-offs for the first time last year and beating the Bulls for the first time two weeks ago.

“We want to make amends for last week and get back on the winning track,” he said, adding: “We have to win at least two of our [remaining] tour matches.

“Obviously we want to win all three and if we want to make amends for that home loss to the Lions [in Week One] we simply have to win all our remaining tour matches.”

While the Waratahs were able to cut the Reds to ribbons with their off-loading game, coach Richard Graham dismissed any concerns about his side’s defence – pointing to statistics they have missed the least amount of tackles in the competition.

But they will need to muscle up more with dominant first-up tackles, particularly on bullocking skipper Adriaan Strauss and elusive Springboks wing Willie le Roux, and also work hard to cover on the inside.

“They’re definitely a side who innovates and are happy to try things anywhere on the field so we have to mentally engaged at all times,” Graham said.

The Cheetahs opted for a “marathon video session” earlier this week to address their own shortcomings.

“We had some brutally honest discussions,” Fourie told this website.

“The attitude of everybody has been great at training this week – you can see an obvious difference in how the players trained this week.

“We know we have to make an enormous step up – we have to lift our game, lift our intensity and everybody realise the importance of the situation.”

The Cheetahs also suffered another costly blow with steamrolling prop Coenie Oosthuizen forced home with a career-threatening neck injury.

Coach Naka Drotské has replaced the tighthead with Nicolaas van Dyk in one of three changes, while also starting Hennie Daniller at fullback and moving Le Roux to the wing.

Recent results:
2013: Cheetahs won 27-13, Bloemfontein
2011: Reds won 41-8, Brisbane
2010: Reds won 31-10, Bloemfontein
2009: Reds won 22-3, Brisbane
2008: Cheetahs won 29-14, Bloemfontein
2007: Reds won 23-13, Brisbane

Teams:

Reds: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Dom Shipperley, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O’Donoghue, 20 Beau Robinson, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Anthony Fainga’a, 23 Ben Tapuai.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Rynhardt Landman, 20 Jean Cook, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Cornal Hendricks.

Referee: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Matt O’Brien (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)

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51 Comments

  1. avatar Americano says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    So much at stake for the team of truth & light…..Your Fun-N-Gun Cheetahs!

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Cheetahs will want to play much better than last week, hope it goes well Go Cheetahs

  3. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Strauss (aka Chris Farley) is extremely well spoken… Ausmob commentators have total respect…

  4. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    It always cracks me up how the AusMob go on about the size of the RSA forwards (despite the fact they are lighter than their opponents)… piss take supreme…

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Reds score in the corner TMO call …………….TRY!!!

    Worst start for Cheetahs…..and Benjamin gets yellow card for dangerous play as he kick the ball out of try score hands as he goes down for the try

    Score Update: Reds 7, Cheetahs 0, 2 min gone

  6. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    AWESOME!

    Venter venter…

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Cheetahs hit back through Venter after Willie hits the line and break straight through.

    Great comeback cheetahs, and this with 14 players

    Score Update: Reds 7 , Toyota Cheetahs 7

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    @bryce_in_oz: Should be a great game both teams gonna run this for 80 min

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Intercept by Boom Prinsloo and Cheetahs score another with still 14 men

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Score Update: Reds 7, Cheetahs 14 after 10 min

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    11 min 4 try’s as Rod Davis score for the Reds in the corner

    Score Reds 14, Toyota Cheetahs 14

  12. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Nooooooooooooooooo!

    Just when I thought the Tahs had shut Martin up… they capitulate with a try after shite defence…

  13. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I hope my box is working and recording this – I can show my players how NOT to defend ;-)

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    @JT_BOKBEFOK!: That’s the problem with running everything the defence will go somehow and you leave yourself open for intercept

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Reds flooking it as they had a 5 meter lineout and goes quickly and spilled it

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Reds take a the lead as they force a penalty and Cooper converted the 3 points

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Cheetahs gets penalty from scrum as they are all over the Reds in the second scrum

    Goosen goes for points and OVER!!!

    Score Reds 17, Cheetahs 17

  18. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Cheetahs much better in the rucks today as this was one part of their game last week that was a disaster.

  19. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Toyota Cheetahs gets another penalty from a ruck this time and Goosen goes for points again….

    and he miss to the left

  20. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    @JT_BOKBEFOK!:

    All about the money lol…

  21. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    So painful… when is someone going to smash Cooper back into the 70′s?

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Stupid play from Cheetahs and Willie as he cross kick straight into a Red’s player from within their own 22, lucky not to concede a try against them but Reds gets a penalty and goes for points…..

    Cooper missed….

    Score Update: Reds 17, Toyota Cheetahs 17

  23. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Americano would love what the Aussies are saying about th Messerschmidt…

  24. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Penalty Reds and they take it quickly and caught the Cheetahs fast asleep….Reds score in corner …….TMO Call

    TRY to the REDS!!!

    Score Update: Reds 22, Toyota Cheetahs 17

  25. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    @bryce_in_oz: :)

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Penalty Cheetahs from scrum and Goosen gets a easy penalty to close the gap on the scoreboard.

    Over!!!

    Score Update: Reds 22, Toyota Cheetahs 20

  27. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Reds score after hooter from lineout, Hansen the hooker goes over the corner…Cheetahs back to their old ways with no defence……

    Halftime score: Reds 29, Cheetahs 20

  28. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    This is the Reds bonus point try within 40 min, Cheetahs have a lot to do in second half

  29. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    JT, you are right you can use this game to show your players what not to do in defence

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    For 5/6 if your Fly half cannot even kick a penalty out how do you expect to win a game

  31. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Goosen fail concussion test and will not be back on the field tonight

  32. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Cheetahs fall back to the same old South African rugby nonsense in kicking the ball to nowhere if they can not get through after a few phases…just plain stupid rugby

  33. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Goosen back on so no he have not got concussion

  34. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Score Update Reds 29, Toyota Cheetahs 23

  35. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Reds score try as TMO decide that ball was grounded and they extend their lead …

    Reds 34, Toyota Cheetahs 23

  36. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Penalty Cheetahs in Reds 22 and Goosen goes for points

    Score Update Reds 34, Toyota Cheetahs 26

  37. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Watts on for Goosen

  38. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Reds getting a penalty in Cheetah 22 and going to poles…..

    Cooper kicks it over and extend the lead again….

    Score Update: Reds 37 Toyota Cheetahs 26

  39. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Reds gets another penalty in front….

    Cooper kicks…..OVER !!!

    Score Update: Reds 40, Toyota Cheetahs 26

  40. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Cheetahs running out of steam here and have no plans…again looking like they are waiting for Willie to do his magic rather than to create scoring opportunities

  41. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I must complain more about the Cheetahs play as they score a brilliant try with Watts going over and add the extra two…

    Score Reds 40, Toyota Cheetahs 33

  42. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Penalty against Cheetahs on attack and Reds take quickly and give penalty away fro holding on then…stupid by Reds, could have sealed the game with 5 min to go

  43. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Ref screwing the Cheetahs as firstly Reds had an early tackle on Cheetahs, secondly no daylight after early tackle and then falling over after tackle, same player does three penalty offensives and not getting penalised for one of them and then the same player receive the penalty from the ref as he judge Cheetah player hold on

  44. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    And then the ref gives a penalty to the reds in the final scrum right in front as the Reds prop goes in and he judge the Cheetahs falling in….

    close to cheating from the ref here as this penalty deny the Cheetahs a bonus point..

    Final score Reds 43, Toyota Cheetahs 33

  45. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Much better performance from Cheetahs but still no points in Australasia after two games

  46. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    David will love this Refs game today…… :soek:

  47. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Very little interplay between 9 and loosies, which has been a strong part of their game last year.

    I have seen enough of Goosen. His general play is just not up to it. Watts in 5 minutes did what Goosen could not all season – play Cheetahs rugby.

    The Watts try and interplay with Sarel is what last year was all about yet we see far too little of it. Cheetahs need to keep teams honest in defense and they simple do not do this well this year.

    Brussouws return now drastically needed.

  48. avatar Methos The French Stormer says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    @Cheetah Glory:

    I thought Goosen was the second coming?

    Cheers

  49. avatar DavidS says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Kreeezzzzuzzzz jjjjjaaaaiiissssst

    How long do we have to put up with officialdom that has noot even the most rudimentary grasp of refereeing…

    At what point does SARU or the IRB actually stand up and say enuff is f**king enuff!

    This should have last week after the Lions Bulls game because that was subject to some of the most bizarre refereeing decisions this season…

    The fact that somehow a little boys club of hush hush nudge nudge wink wink exists only continues to do damage to rugby.

  50. avatar Americano says:
    March 7th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Cheetahs really missing Robert E Ebersohn on D.
    After this tour….I am unsure if the Swiss Guards that protect “The Vatican of SA Rugby”…..Cheetha Field.
    Will allow Naka Drotske inside!
    How will he coach the team….Skype?

  51. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Comment on The Roar:

    Shungmao said | March 8th 2014 @ 7:37am | Report comment

    Even as reds supporter I found the reffing and the work of the touch judges extremely poor. You can clearly see when players are even unsure of why penalties given and this does effect how games are played. Got a sense the ref was in real panick mode for the majority of the game and in the last 20 I thought he was puffing pretty hard ( maybe a few more shuttle runs needed) . As for the touchies, I would of preferred 2 local dad’s using their shirts as a flag instead of who we saw last night.

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