The Guinness Pro 14 has passed the halfway mark and playoffs talks are already in many people's mouths, but the Cheetahs are taking it one game at a time. The men from Bloemfontein find themselves in third spot with 40 points in Conference A after eight wins in 13 matches so far in their debut season in the European competition. But, Rory Duncan’s men are not thinking about the playoffs, but instead more focused on their next games.
“We’re sitting in a position where everybody talks about playoffs, but we’ve avoided talking about that; in the team environment we talk about the game we have on the weekend,” coach, Duncan told Dumelang Sport. “That’s how we keep the guys motivated, by focusing on each game. Each game we prepare to win, the outcomes are going to be determined by the way we play and how we execute the plan,” The Pro14 action has paused and will return in two week's time and Duncan says it’s good for players to relax.
“The way the competition is structured at this stage, us not competing in the European Cup, we’re on for couple of weeks and we give the guys a break.” He added: “Then we’re back on for another couple of weeks. So it’s a case of when we're on, the guys are focused and we work really hard and when we're off, the guys have an opportunity to switch off and have a break.” The Cheetahs will miss the services of speedster, Makazole Mapimpi – the competition’s top try score with 10 – after he joined the Sharks for the Super Rugby competition. However, on a positive note, they will be looking to see centre Nico Lee, who has scored five tries in the two Kings clashes, continue with his scoring form. Meanwhile, Duncan is expecting a number of the injured players including speedster, Luther Obi and captain, Francois Venter to be fit for the tour when the Cheetahs face Cardiff Blues on February 10.