Springbok legend Os du Randt has joined the Cheetahs as a consultant in an attempt to fix their scrummaging problems.
Du Randt arrived at the Cheetahs’ camp after their scrummaging was a major problem in the Super 14. He hopes his experience and knowledge can boost their performance.
‘It has been disappointing to see how the forwards have battled,’ he told keo.co.za. ‘The Cheetahs have always been a force in the scrum for the last 25 years, and hopefully I can help bring back that legacy.’
Du Randt will definitely add some firepower to the Cheetahs’ pack. He has been working closely with the tight five and hopes they will realise their potential.
‘Technically I have been working with the first row,’ said Du Randt, ‘but I have also worked with the locks because they also have their respective roles. It is important for the pack to work as an unit.’
He will also nurture the talents of rising star Coenie Oosthuizen. The Cheetahs have been known to produce world-class props, such as CJ van der Linde, Ollie le Roux and Du Randt, and the Baby Bok looks to be another one.
‘He has really been working hard and has been doing well,’ said Du Randt. ‘I definitely think he will be the next big prop.’
Although Du Randt doesn’t have much coaching experience, he says he can approach other experts to help him if he has any problems.
‘What I give at training will be based on my personal experience,’ he said, ‘but I know a lot of guys like Mark Andrews and Victor Matfield who can give me advice.’
Meanwhile, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske is very happy with Du Randt’s contribution to the squad and is glad he was able to help out.
‘He lives about 20 minutes away so I called him to help out. It would be foolish not to use his experience,’ Drotske told this website.
‘The players have a lot of respect for him, so things are working out well, but we can only determine any improvements after our match against Griquas.’
No contract has been signed by Du Randt and he says the media have over-reacted to the situation.
‘It’s not a formal position,’ he said. ‘I’m just here to help out a team I have played for and been close to for a long time. It’s all for the love of the game.’
By Gareth Duncan