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'Cheetahs' discipline isn't a problem'

Toyota Free State Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan believes his side will rectify their disciplinary issues soon after a fortnight where they have suffered at the hands of referees in the Pro14.

Duncan’s side were given two yellow cards against Treviso two weeks ago, upending their dominance in the game and allowing the Italian side to take advantage and storm home to victory.

This past weekend the Cheetahs again gave away three yellow cards – bringing to five the total for the fortnight – in their victory against the Southern Kings.

And while they did well by scoring two tries when down to 13 at the end of the game, it is certainly something that is getting attention from the coaching staff ahead of the return game against the Kings in Bloemfontein this weekend.

“With regards to the yellow cards, if a yellow card is for foul play and similar issues that is one thing, but if it is technical issues and not all the same area, you have to take everything into context. Having a look at the yellow cards is something we’ve discussed as a team,” Duncan told Supersport.com

“Obviously we don’t want to find ourselves in that situation but in saying that, I must be honest. I’m very chuffed with the way the guys handled the situation with 13 men again. It’s something we chatted about in the week and the guys’ execution was fantastic – to hang onto possession and to still control the game with 13 men on the park.”

The key, according to Duncan, is the reasoning for the yellow cards, and none of which have been for foul play. This makes a huge difference in trying to address the indiscipline, he believes.

“They were yellow cards for repeated infringements and I think if we look at our discipline in general and our penalty count in general, and sort that out that will sort out the bulk of the yellow cards,” he added.

The team will also have midfielder Clinton Swart available after he returns from injury for the Bloemfontein game, while Makazole Mapimpi is set to play his last game for the Cheetahs, as he is set to move to the Cell C Sharks next week to start preparing for Vodacom Super Rugby.


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