Cheetahs return home after tour
After winning three games in a row, the Cheetahs have returned to Bloemfontein.
CAPE TOWN - You would be hard pressed to find a South African rugby supporter who does not regard the Cheetahs as their favourite or second-favourite team.
On Saturday, they will be looking to win four matches in a row for the first time in Super Rugby when they face the Melbourne Rebels in Bloemfontein.
The Cheetahs have played an attacking and enterprising brand of rugby that is hard not to like. They are not afraid to run from deep or try something unorthodox against opponents that are ranked much higher than they are.
Led by scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, live wire wingers Raymond Rhule and Willie le Roux and Springbok incumbent Johan Goosen, the Cheetahs have eclipsed all expectations both at home and abroad.
The Bloemfontein franchise collected 12 points on the road, winning three of their four matches on tour.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske believes they are well on course to achieving their best ever season in Super Rugby.
"Our goal in the beginning of the season was not to prevent the relegation playoff games. It was to make the playoffs. We came close last year with a lot of 50-50 games which we lost in the last minute".
The string of results will have energised the Bloemfontein faithful.
The Cheetahs step on to the park as favourites on Saturday.
Drotske said they are still on a high following an unforgettable tour.
"The mood is very positive. We've managed to improve on every tour in the last three years so there's a lot of confidence in the team".