SR: Toyota Cheetahs 31 Crusaders 52

April 12, 2014
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imagesThere remains serious questions about the Crusaders’ qualities as play-off candidates, even after the win over the Lions eased some concerns.

However, they need to back that up with a second tour win when they face a tricky hurdle in the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs showed, in the first half, against the Chiefs last week that they are better than what their lowly position on the standings suggest. If they play for 60 or 80 minutes like that against the Crusaders it could get ugly for the visitors.

Cheetahs assistant coach Hawies Fourie feels a change in tactics is what got the Crusaders back on the winning track against the Lions last week.

“They kicked a lot more, especially the contestable [high] kicks and put plenty of pressure on the Lions at the rucks where the catcher was tackled,” Fourie told this website, adding that they are planning for a similar approach in Bloemfontein. He said the Crusaders’ change in tactics – those contestable high bombs – are tailor-made for the Lions and Cheetahs.

“They know the Lions and ourselves are two teams that enjoy counter-attacking and play more in our own half, than other South Africa teams,” the Cheetahs’ backline mentor said. “That is why they employed those tactics and put so much pressure on that first breakdown, to kill off the counter-attacking chances.”

The Crusaders’ defence was also outstanding and their scrumming has improved since their early season losses.

Recent results:
2012: Crusaders won 28-21, Christchurch
2011: Cheetahs won 33-20, Bloemfontein
2010: Crusaders won 45-6, Christchurch
2009: Cheetahs won 20-13, Bloemfontein
2008: Crusaders won 55-7, Christchurch
2007: Crusaders won 49-28, Bloemfontein

Teams:

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

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Tyler Bleyendaal, 23 Tom Taylor.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Francois de Bruin Francois (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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42 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Comme one Cheetahs

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Super Sarel sommer almost in

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Ding ding test for Goosen

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Goosen back passes ding dong test

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Saders take lead with penalty from scrum leading 3-0

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Goosen going off Watts on

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Backline move from Cheetahs as Sadie breaks Saders line and Hendricks score in the corner

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Always rated Watts since he stepped up as the umpteenth Stormers 10 in one of their most dire hrs of injury a few seasons back…

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Saders with penalty

    Score: Cheetahs 7-6

  10. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Why can the RSA teams not learn from AFL on how to take the high ball… a-la-Folau?

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Super Sarel pick up a loose ball after Saders knock and sprint to the corener……

    TMO

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    No try knock in the tackle scrum Saders

  13. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Is it just me or does Sarel look as chunky as ‘Farley’ Strauss?

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Saders handling is bad

  15. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Too easy… Cheetah’s played too loose against a pouncing team… text book Brandon move that…

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Who needs handling when you can put your wing over with a kick behind

    Saders score through Dagg

    Saders lead 13-7

  17. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    If only Cheetah’s had defence like Force…

  18. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Saders with two penalty and one for Cheeatahs

    Saders lead 19-10

  19. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Awesome answer from Jean Cook…

  20. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Weird we want the Cheetahs to defend better and the Stormers to run more maybe we need to combine the two teams :)

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Don’t know what happen from last year with the Cheatahs defence

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Just too easy for Saders

    Saders score from kickoff

    Saders lead 26-10

  23. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Super Sarel score again…….

    Saders lead 26-17

  24. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Cheeatahs score again…….

  25. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Again Sadie with the touch and Willie score for Cheetahs

    Cheetahs now lead 31-26

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Sadie involve in all the tries from the Cheetahs, he is having a great game

  27. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Saders hit back with a try from Taylor and take the lead again

    Saders lead 33-31

  28. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Cannot stand watching a Cheetahs game against sub par teams…

    You just now ‘tit-for-tat’ the team that can tackle will win…

  29. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    And there you go… Brandon’s team and their serious lack of defence got raped!

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Slade take a quick penalty and Saders score again as Cheetahs falls asleep

    Saders lead 38-31

  31. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Cheetah’s need to look to the Force or lose!!!

  32. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Sadie has been the positive… however…

  33. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I have to say though… Hugh Bladen will always be the ‘Mac-Daddy’ of RSA rugby for me…

  34. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Slade seal the game for the Saders……

    Score: 45-31

  35. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    There you go… if the fans are too doff (Like Brandon) to do anything about it… enjoy the results…

  36. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Willie through another ball away and Saders score again……..

    TMO

  37. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Try stand

  38. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    83 points score in Bloem and again the Cheetahs are onthe loosing side

    Final score: Saders 53 Cheetahs 31

  39. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Cheetahs play like a team who knows there are no consequences for losing. That’s Super rugby for you.

  40. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    and Strauss is now every bit as kak as he has been good the last two seasons.

    Bloem needs new ideas.

  41. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Johan (Sick Note) Goosen.

    Who did we use to call Sick Note?

  42. avatar Americano says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Only got to see the last 10 minutes – the Dirty End of the Stick- if you will.

    I am disappointed by the result & hope Super Pretoriouis played admirably. I don’t need to wonder about Messerschmitt-Willie in that regard who has become a foundation block of SA rugby.

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