Giteau Unleashes Force on Cheetahs

Otto SaaymanContributor IFebruary 21, 2009

As a South-African, it has become increasingly frustrating to see how the teams from The Republic choose to play without the ball. Matt Giteau and the Western Force showed the Cheetas to be a team not understanding that you need to control the ball in order to score points in Rugby Union Football.

The Cheetas looked dangerous, fleet-of-foot and hungry for some points. Giteau had a better plan using the possession his hard-working forwards gave him to control the game and put the Cheetas on the back foot.

In the first few minutes the Cheetas managed to cross the Force line twice—without success. It all went downhill from there.

Giteau was in charge as he kept getting the Western Force over the advantage line before finally sending James O`Connor on attack with only some mediocre defenders to beat for a try.

Apart from a Danwel Demas try in the second half that was it as far as rugby was concerned. The rest of the match was a stop-start afair with some dodgy referee decisions and lots of mistakes by all players.

The final score was in favor of the Force 16-10. Had they lost this match their fans would have had good reason to call for some heads to roll. The Cheetahs let themselves down. Their players had the upper hand in several areas, but they could not convert that into points on the scoreboard.


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