After drowning Sharks, Cheetahs set to pounce on Western Province in Saturday's 'semifinal'

31 December 2020 - 10:30 By George Byron
Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie says his team needed a win against a Super Rugby outfit.
Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie says his team needed a win against a Super Rugby outfit.
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Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie says his team's win against the Sharks at the weekend was vital.

The Free State squad kept their hopes of securing a berth in the Currie Cup semifinals alive with a 37-10 trouncing of the Durban side at Free State Stadium on Sunday.

“We really needed a win over a Super Rugby team‚” Fourie said. “Up to now we’ve only beaten the Bulls [of the Super teams] and it was important for me that we beat the Sharks.

“We didn’t prepare that well this week with all the disruptions and it was important to play well for a full 80 minutes. And even when we were 14 or 13 on the field [due to two yellow cards in the second half]‚ everybody stuck to the plan.”

If you lose‚ you are out. It stays the same for this weekend’s match‚ so we must win against WP and we will prepare well.
Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie

The Cheetahs are now fifth on the log with 26 points and face Western Province in a key home game on Saturday.

“They have several Springboks in their team‚ but we all know if you have 15 guys who are on the same page‚ everybody’s motivated and they all believe in each other and in the plan‚ then you can go far‚” Fourie said.

“We are looking forward to this match. These last four matches‚ as our captain Carl Wegner has said‚ are like semifinals.

“If you lose‚ you are out. It stays the same for this weekend’s match‚ so we must win against WP and we will prepare well.

“The biggest thing that we need to improve is our defence. Even though we conceded just one try‚ the Sharks had a lot of opportunities in the first half.

“We will work hard on that‚ especially when we kick‚ to get into line quickly and make our one-on-one tackles.”


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