The Cheetahs visited Ipswich on Sunday, as they finalised their preparations for the regular season. In a controlled scrimmage format, the coaching staff were watching to see where adjustments may be needed in scheme and personnel prior to the start of the regular season. Whilst more work is no doubt necessary, the coaches will have been pleased with the overall performance which included touchdowns from rookie receivers Tom McQuillin and Rowan Huggins, as well as a stout defensive performance that limited the hosts to just a single score.
Chairman Luke Clark thanked the Cardinals for their hospitality, noting that they received the Cheetahs visit “late in their own preseason plans”. Clark was pleased with the results of the pre-season, stating that “[the squad” have come on leaps and bounds since rookie day. The new players on the senior squad are settling in very nicely and the talent we have added this year is exceptional”.
The performance against Ipswich, including those of the new players mentioned by the Chairman, drew praise from the coaches, with HC/DC Craig Barnes noting that his unit were “as miserly as usual, despite featuring several new players.” OC Will Sparke was enthusiastic about the controlled aggression showed by the offence, though warned his players that “there is still a lot to work on”. Both coaches emphasised the importance of focusing on the next few weeks in preparation for our opening game away at Hastings.