Getting that past the European decision makers will take some doing but the more immediate concern for Strydom and the rest of the Cheetahs’ brains trust‚ is the threat of rain for their clash against Connacht on Saturday.
“It won’t suit us at all‚” admitted Strydom.
“There is a 50 percent chance of rain. We like it dry and fast.”
Against Connacht they will need to find ways to speed the game up. The Irish side is particularly adept at grinding teams down in the wet and Strydom needs no reminding the visiting pack has some heavy rollers.
“We can’t outmuscle team‚” he conceded.
A win for the Cheetahs‚ who have only won twice in nine matches‚ is critical on Saturday.
They are still eyeing a play-off spot but then they need to win this home game which should serve as a platform for their home and away matches in the New Year against the Southern Kings and Zebre.
Strydom agrees‚ those games are winnable.
“Winning on Saturday will give us nice momentum for those matches. I think the next four‚ five matches will determine our season.”