No excuses from Naka Drotske
March 2, 2013
Brodie Retallick and the Chiefs pack upped their game in the second half © Getty Images
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske offered no excuses following his side's 45-3 capitulation to the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday night.
They enjoyed a significant amount of possession early in the match, but scored only one penalty from Johan Goosen. "I think after the first half, we definitely did most of the playing," Drotske said. "I thought we should've got points on the board. In saying that, I think the try just after half-time, where we kicked it against one of the Chiefs players, was probably where the Chiefs got momentum. They played really well in the second half and we were outplayed in the second half."
Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss said his side had responded well after an error-ridden performance against the Sharks a week earlier. "I think we should have played closer to the forwards, and we didn't," Strauss said. "[The Chiefs] are a good defensive side and they were good on the night as well."
Drotske said that jetlag wasn't a reason for the heavy loss, as history dictated that players experienced the effects in the second game of a tour.
The Cheetahs next play the Highlanders at Rugby Park in Invercargill on Saturday night.
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