Naka laments lame Cheetahs

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske rued squandered opportunities after their loss to Western Province at Newlands.

Free State’s third successive defeat in the Currie Cup currently finds them dangling in the bottom half of the log. Drotske believes they should be in a better position after giving up commanding leads in the their opening games of the season and failing to capitalise on numerous opportunities against Province.

‘We should’ve won our two previous matches [against Griquas and Lions],’ he told keo.co.za. ‘But we just have to take this in our stride and focus on our next five games.’

Captain Hendro Scholtz believes his team’s ill-discipline at the breakdowns is the reason why they are losing matches. Scholtz also lauded his fellow flank Johan Wessels for setting the example with a stellar performance.

‘We can only play the game the referee allows us to play,’ he said. ‘Under the new laws, players are rewarded when they stay on their feet. Johan showed that today.’

However, Drotske was able to draw some positives out of the game. He praised scrum coach Os du Randt and the front row for a strong display at the scrums.

‘If you remember, we were terrible at the scrums in the Super 14. We lost a lot of our experienced props, so there was nobody to mentor our young front rowers. But Os has come in and has made big difference.’

By Gareth Duncan