Super Rugby preview: Cheetahs

Date published: February 2 2015

With Super Rugby now just days away, we preview each of the teams in the competition ahead of the new season. Next up, the Cheetahs.

On paper the South African franchise most likely to struggle, the Cheetahs come into 2015 having watched more of their highly talented players depart for pastures new.

With Adriaan Strauss and Johan Goosen now gone amongst others, any kind of success for this squad in 2015 seems unlikely, as they look for the next group of stars to show themselves.

Last Year: No one conceded more points in 2014 than the Cheetahs. In fact, no one else conceded more than 500. The Cheetahs entertained us with their expansive attacking game, but without any real form of sturdy defence they were never going to achieve anything significant – a year on from when they actually came so close to making the playoffs.

Paperthin in terms of their tackling, the Cheetahs scrum was also statistically one of the worst in the competition. There were great games, like the 43-all draw with the Chiefs, but overall a sense of disappointment with their progress from 2013 evaporating.

This year: There are very little signs on paper to indicate that the Cheetahs can improve on last year’s dire display. So much talent has left – Strauss, Goosen, Trevor Nyakane, Lappies Labuschagn