Cheetahs brimming with confidence

The Cheetahs have a chance of topping the SA conference table.

Raymond Rhule has been one of the stars for the Cheetahs. Picture: AFP/Saeed Khan

CAPE TOWN - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské says the fact that his team is winning 50-50 games this season is the reason behind their success.

The Cheetahs have lost just three games so far and are second on the South African Super Rugby Conference log and sixth on the overall log.

They managed to beat the Sharks 13-7 in Durban with Willie le Roux scoring an intercept try that sealed the game for the visitors.

The Cheetahs have had a stellar season and one of the reasons is that the team is showing better temperament in pressure situations.

Drotské says they made sure they cut down on their narrow defeats.

"Last year we had six or seven of those games where we lost in the last minute. We worked mentally on that in the pre-season and spoke a lot about it and for some reason we're winning those games now".

In three of the Cheetahs' last five wins they've scored points in the last ten minutes of the game - showing that the men from Bloemfontein have what it takes to close out tight matches.

The Cheetahs coach says that they've been focusing on defence in training and that he's "quite happy" with the way his team is playing when they don't have possession.

The Free State franchise next face the Southern Kings in Bloemfontein and should the Bulls fail to beat the Waratahs at Loftus, Drotske's men have a chance of topping the South African conference table.