Rassie hails Hougaard

Cheetahs coach Rassie Erasmus described Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard’s performance as brilliant in the visiting team’s Vodacom Super 14 success in Bloemfontein.

Erasmus, speaking to Rapport’s JJ Harmse, said that tactically the Bulls were the more impressive of the teams and that many of his players were particularly disappointing in the opening hour.

“Hougaard was brilliant with his linekicks,” said Erasmus. “It kept us under pressure all the time. And the Bulls defensive lines were also very good. We struggled to break them down.”

The Cheetahs tight five were expected to dominate an inexperienced Bulls unit, but this never happened. The Cheetahs coach felt it had more to do with his players being wary of the new interpretation.

“If you engage too early, you will concede a free kick. They seemed very unsure and it did hamper them,” said Erasmus. “The defeat hurts and we will want to correct that next week.”

The Cheetahs play the Sharks in Durban.