‘Cheetahs will improve’ – Venter

The Cheetahs have only managed three wins in Super Rugby 2016 thus far, however, captain Francois Venter believes that his team will be more competitive when they return to action in July.

Four Cheetahs players were selected in the Springbok and South Africa A squads that will take on Ireland and the Saxons this month.

They have unearthed some fantastic talent this season, none more so than winger Sergeal Petersen, who will represent South Africa A.

And in-form centre Venter told MyPlayers that the squad is starting to combine well and they are getting better with every game played.

“We’re gaining the necessary experience as a squad,” he said.

“We lost many key players in recent seasons, leaving us with more youth than experience. But the team is really gelling well considering.”

Venter added that his team just needs to sharpen up and finish off all their opportunities.

“We’re creating many opportunities on attack. We just need to convert more of them. We know what we are capable of… we just need to keep that in mind as we continue to grow and progress as a team," he said.

“Looking ahead, I’m excited about our future. All the players want to play an exciting brand of rugby and win more games – to give our fans something to be proud about. This is just the beginning for Cheetahs rugby.”