A 25-20 loss against the Cardiff Blues in their first game of a three-match Pro 14 tour might not have been the start the Toyota Cheetahs had been hoping for, but the side will want to bounce back against the Warriors this weekend.
Although Rory Duncan’s men entered the clash in a comfortable third position, 15 points ahead of the Welsh side on the Conference A log, the defeat sees the Blues close the gap to just 12 points.
For the central South African franchise, a positive result in their next two games against the Glasgow Warriors this weekend and Ospreys a week later will be vital to strengthening their position, not only in Pro14 Conference A, but also a favourable knock-out draw.
The Cardiff Blues in their turn are elated with the result.
The Blues coach, Danny Wilson in his turn said, considering the threat posed by the Cheetahs and the obstacles they have needed to overcome, a win is very welcome.
“I’m pleased that we have come away with a win against a side that, points-wise, are comfortably above us.
“It’s a tough period for everybody, aside from the South African teams, because obviously, we all lose players to the Six Nations, so that makes it even more pleasing,” Wilson added.
The Cheetahs eye a tour turn-around when they face the Glasgow Warriors tomorrow. OFM