RugbyCheetahs to use SA Cup as Clermont stepping stone
─── MORGAN PIEK 13:20 Fri, 09 Feb 2024
“It's a good challenge to play against South African teams. Everyone wants to measure themselves against us and other teams, but we've got to use this as a stepping stone to build towards Clermont.”
The Toyota Cheetahs look forward to the prospect of playing in the SA Cup which will kick-off towards the end of next month, and this will go a long way in preparing for their next EPCR Challenge Cup assignment.
The new tournament will afford the Cheetahs as well as teams like the Griquas, Griffons and Pumas more games for their players.
For the Cheetahs it will also serve as preparation for the Challenge Cup round of 16 tie against Clermont, as well as for their Currie Cup title defence.
The Cheetahs lock, Carl Wegner, told OFM Sport that as a group they picked up valuable experience against Section Paloise in Amsterdam and Oyonnax in France, and this as well the SA Cup game will make it easier for their game against Clermont.
“The tour wasn't that easy for us, but I think there were a lot of positives we can take out of it, said Wegner, who turned 33-years-old on Wednesday.
“The group has grown a lot since last year and the boys are more experienced. Going to Clermont is never easy, but we know what to expect and how to prepare for that game.
“We'll go there with a bang, especially with the games in the SA Cup to prepare.”
Wegner added that it’s always good playing against South African teams as they know they will get a good challenge.
“It's a good challenge to play against South African teams. Everyone wants to measure themselves against us and other teams, but we've got to use this as a stepping stone to build towards Clermont.
“I think the boys are excited to get back to training from next week Wednesday and that's our next big challenge that lies ahead. We've got to take that opportunity with both hands and really execute when we get there.”
The Cheetahs SA Cup campaign will kick-off on 23 March against the Boland Cavaliers.
Morgan Piek OFM Sport