Swart loving it at the Cheetahs

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The utility back Clinton Swart says he is loving it at the Cheetahs. PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK
The Toyota Cheetahs remain upbeat about their chances ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby which kicks off in just over two weeks.
The team lost both their warm-up matches recently, however, the result is of no importance to the Cheetahs.

Although the team scored just two tries and conceded several they believe that this is something that can be remedied ahead of the gruelling competition.

The team has welcomed several new faces and they include the star Springboks U20 captain and loose forward, Junior Pokomela, as well as the impressive Griquas utility back, Clinton Swart.

The competition among the fly-halves and centres in the squad is stiff, and Swart told Courant that he fancies his chances of getting into the mix and believes they will iron out their issues by the time the tournament starts.

“There are some mistakes that were made, but nothing that cannot be fixed, that’s what the warm-up games are there for,” said the player with a huge boot.

“I don’t think the losses were that bad, yes, they scored a lot of tries and we only scored two.

“I don’t believe that is the issue, we would have sorted that all out by the time the Super Rugby campaign starts.”

The player said that since he has moved from Kimberley to the City of Roses he has been made to feel most welcome and looks forward to competing for a place in the team.

“I’m very happy here. The guys are nice and I feel very welcome here. They pulled me into the group, it’s nice. I love it there.

“There are quite a few guys I’m competing with, especially in the positions that I play.

“The opportunities are there and there are a few injuries as well, I must just make use of my opportunity.

“I’ll be able to get myself into the mix, I must just use my chances”.

At fly-half Swart will be competing against the likes of Niel Marais and Fred Zeilinga, while at centre he will be competing for his orange jersey against Nico Lee, Francois Venter, Willam Small-Smith, Michael van der Spuy, Ryno Eksteen, Rayno Benjamin and Joubert Engelbrecht.

The Cheetahs open their campaign on 25 February when they host the Lions at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein. – MORGAN PIEK