Head coach Hawies Fourie is happy for the Cheetahs to check themselves towards a Springbok-powered Sharks lineup when the native rivals conflict in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
Veteran playmaker Ruan Pienaar kicked 18 factors because the Cheetahs routed Zebre Parma on the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in spherical 1 of the Problem Cup on Saturday.
The Sharks made a welcome return to profitable methods within the Problem Cup with a powerful victory towards French outfit Pau in Durban, the place double World Cup winners Lukhanyo Am and Eben Etzebeth scored two tries apiece.
“We are going to take a look at that [performance of the Sharks] and see how we are able to adapt within the sport towards the Sharks. I haven’t seen their sport but, I’ll watch it once we journey again,” Fourie was quoted within the media post-match this weekend.
“However they’ve crushed Pau by a giant margin and so they’ve obtained all their Springboks again so they are going to be a really powerful staff to tackle subsequent week Sunday.
“It’s a large problem for us to play towards a staff with a number of Springboks and the standard they’ve, however that’s why you need to play in a contest like this, is to play towards excellent groups with large names to measure yourselves.”
Guided by Pienaar’s pinpoint boot and Cohen Jasper pouncing on a try-scoring alternative, the Free Staters held a 16-3 lead at half time in Parma, earlier than Reinhardt Fortuin crossed the whitewash within the second half to assist full a 33-15 victory.
“In any competitors you play you will need to begin nicely and we managed to do this,” Fourie added.
“It was tough to organize for Zebre in Bloemfontein due to the distinction in situations, however I have to praise the gamers, they tailored rather well.
“Fortunately for us it didn’t rain however even when it rained, I felt that we had been nicely sufficient ready to adapt and play in keeping with the situations.
“The forwards did a very good job at set piece once more, they dominated there and we defended rather well, placing a number of stress on them. They weren’t used to our line pace and Zebre made a number of errors.”
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