The Cheetahs plan to target the man that proved the difference between Western Province and the Blue Bulls in the semi-final at Newlands.
Hendrik Cronjé – Sport24
Statistics indicate that the Free State Cheetahs may well have the recipe to neutralise Blue Bulls kicking machine Morné Steyn in a Currie Cup final.
The simple recipe, which none of the All Blacks, Wallabies, British and Irish Lions or other Currie Cup teams could come up with this year, is outstanding discipline.
The Cheetahs have conceded only 129 penalties to date in this year’s Currie Cup, which is fewer than any other team. The Blue Bulls have been penalised 23 more times than the Free Staters.
In fact, the Bulls have conceded the third most penalties in the competition.
Western Province, who ironically lost their semi-final against the Bulls by conceding a late penalty at Newlands, conceded the fewest penalties after the Cheetahs with 135.
The Lions (141), Sharks (157) and Griquas (165) all conceded more penalties than the Cheetahs.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské confirmed that much of his hope lay in this recipe and he believes his team will be able to maintain good discipline in a physical final.
“The big secret against Morné is good discipline. You can’t afford him goalkicking opportunities,” said Drotské.
“I know our discipline is outstanding. We concede fewer penalties than our opponents on a weekly basis.”
He realised that Steyn will punish his players severely if they don’t stick to the recipe. He simply never experiences an off day.