With only days remaining until the historic first visit of the Toyota Cheetahs to the Sportsground. Preparations are well underway as the players have been put through their paces. There is a confident mood in the camp following our recent run of results but everyone is aware of the threat posed by the Cheetahs.

 

After losing their opening two games, the Cheetahs have gone on a good run which has seen them sitting in third place in Conference A and are one of the top try scoring teams in the championship with 27 tries.

 

This form hasn’t gone unnoticed by backs coach Nigel Carolan who is fully aware of the threat they pose.

“When the lost their first two games some people started writing them off immediately, but I noticed the likes of Rassie Erasmus, who would know them better than most, predicted this improvement. They were well beaten against Ulster and Munster when they fell apart, but they had a great win at home to Leinster and that really kick started their season. They are a really attacking, exciting team and we will need to be at our best to beat them.”

 

Following his match winning try last weekend, Tom Farrell is also conscious of that attacking style and the challenge that will pose from a defensive point of view:

“We have had a good look at them and looked at plenty of footage of them and they are a really attacking team. They love to run with the ball and score tries and they have scored plenty of them so far. We will really need to put in a big defensive display and prevent them getting a foot hold. We did well in defence in the win against Munster, but we also made mistakes, so we were left with plenty to work on”.

 

Tickets for the game are still available with only a handful of spots remaining in the Main Terrace.

 

Check out some of the pictures from preparations at the Sportsground this week.

 

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