Double World Cup-winning Springbok hero Frans Steyn has fired a warning shot at rivals forward of the Cheetahs’ anticipated participation within the eight-team Franchise Cup subsequent month.
The inspirational centre says the lads from Bloemfontein might be “good and prepared” after they return from a brief break after exiting the Currie Cup earlier than the semifinal stage.
After being dumped of the PRO16 Rainbow Cup to make manner for the Bulls‚ Lions‚ Stormers and Sharks‚ the Cheetahs are actively in search of new alternatives to play abroad.
The Bloemfontein facet are subsequent anticipated to be in motion within the mooted Franchise Cup‚ which kicks off on the finish of February. It’s anticipated that an announcement on the Cheetahs’ abroad future might be made subsequent month.
The Currie Cup season ended for the Cheetahs after they beat the Griquas 22-18 in Kimberley in a lifeless rubber encounter. Each side have been out of the reckoning to achieve the playoffs earlier than the opening whistle sounded.
Man-of-the-match Steyn mentioned he was disillusioned the Cheetahs had not reached the playoffs.
“I’m simply comfortable the season and the Currie Cup are performed for us now‚” he mentioned.
“Now we’ll go away and get the batteries recharged and are available again. We might like to have been within the playoffs‚ however now we have to be reasonable. The season was robust for us‚ however that isn’t an excuse.
“Possibly it’s we are able to get away from rugby and get refocused and are available once more. I don’t know that competitors we’re going to play in subsequent. However we might be good in that competitors.
“It’s tough to get your self motivated particularly coming right here to Kimberley. We knew they might come for us‚ and we have been on the stage the place there was nothing on the road.
“We wished to play properly and shift the ball round‚ however they put us beneath a variety of stress and we made a variety of errors. I’m comfortable it’s performed.”
An unpleasant win is preferable to a stupendous loss‚ was how Cheetahs captain Carl Wegner summed up his workforce’s season-ending win.
With nothing on the road for both facet‚ it was at all times going to be tough for each side to rev themselves up for a lifeless rubber Carling Currie Cup encounter.
The distinction between the edges was the booming boot of Steyn who kicked 5 penalties and a conversion.
“We might slightly take an unsightly win than a stupendous loss‚” Wegner mentioned.
“All credit score to Griquas as a result of we knew it might be tough right here in Kimberley they usually gave us a go for our cash.
“Finally we pulled it by and all credit score to the boys who caught to the plan. Within the second half we tried to get a little bit of construction going and we acquired the win.
“We’ll now have a little bit of time with the household‚ and we’d like it as a result of it was a tricky yr for everybody. Will probably be good for us to interrupt away from rugby for a bit.
“However it won’t be an extended break and the we might be again in coaching and dealing for the subsequent competitors and ensure we’re on par after we get there.”
Griquas skipper Zach Burger mentioned missed alternatives had one once more proved expensive for his workforce.
“Sadly that has been the story of our season‚” he mentioned. “ At essential moments we aren’t be capitalising and placing on factors.
“We all know with a man like Frans Steyn and penalties from 50 metres plus it will be a case of three factors and one other three factors in opposition to you. It’s disappointing that we didn’t get a win. I believe in seven of our video games we misplaced inside seven factors.
“Now now we have a few weeks off to recharge and are available again for the SA Cup.”