2013 Season Preview: CHEETAHS

by Paul Cook - A few years back, the Cheetahs weren’t exactly lauded as exponents of entertaining rugby but their evolution under coach Naka Drotske – in the last two seasons in particular – has won them many admirers. Their exhilarating, ball-in-hand, run from anywhere approach saw them become many people’s second favourite team last year and if it’s points you’re after – at either end – they very rarely disappoint. And therein lies the crux. While they have no problems finding the chalk in attack, their defence is notoriously porous and has been the main factor for their inability to trouble the top six finals places. Last year, they finished 10th on the ladder but while they had the 7th most potent attack, they also had the 13th worst defence. Improvement in this area has to have been a priority in the off-season. [caption id="attachment_2198" align="alignright"
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