Smith slams ‘shocking’ Cheetahs

Juan Smith was unforgiving in his description of the Cheetahs’ performance against the rubble Reds.

The Springbok flanker didn’t mince his words after what was the Cheetahs’ third defeat from three starts. The Cheetahs’ hoodoo on Australian soil remains, and it’s likely they’ll cop a hiding when they head across the ditch to New Zealand.

“There’s only one word to describe that performance and it’s ‘shocking’,” Smith said. “We defended badly and let them gain a bit too much momentum on the wings. We also defended backwards.

“We wanted to back our kicking game in this match, but it didn’t work and the Reds put us under some good pressure. We were also playing catch-up rugby for much of the game. That’s our biggest enemy at the moment.”

The Cheetahs play the Hurricanes next week. They’ve failed to win in Australasia since 1997 and have finished the three previous overseas tours without a win. 2009 is unlikely to witness a change to this trend.