Fast surface could suit Cheetahs’ game

2019-11-08T08:55:22+02:00November 8th, 2019|

The Cheetahs are hoping the artificial field at Cardiff Arms Park will help them to claim their first tour win of the Pro14 season.

The Cheetahs were sensational in their opening three home games, picking up three bonus-point victories,  but have since lost two close matches away from home against Connacht and the Scarlets.

Coach Hawies Fourie believes the fast surface will aid their game plan and will pick his side specifically to suit it on Saturday, as he searches for his first win as coach since taking over from Franco Smith.

‘We were disappointed that we couldn’t win the previous two games,’ Fourie said. ‘We came very close in both of them. The one against Connacht was the toughest of the two to digest.

‘We met with the referee assessor yesterday in Cardiff and he told us we were very unlucky with some of the decisions against us. But that is in the past.

‘The game against the Scarlets was a difficult one to adapt to the conditions in the rain. We couldn’t play the normal rugby that the team is used to playing.

‘This weekend we have a weather forecast for rain. Our practices have all been in good, dry weather so we haven’t had a chance to train in the rain at the moment.

‘But our plans are right, and we are playing on an artificial surface that is a fast field and should suit the way we play. We are looking forward to seeing the guys play on this pitch. We chose the team in a way that there is enough speed on the outside that if we do get enough ball, we can give ourself a good chance to win.’

The match will kick off at 19:15 (SA time).