Cheetahs hatch Chiefs plan

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske is hoping his players can lift themselves in the same way as their famous 33-20 win over the Crusaders last year.

Drotske told "The Chiefs are definitely New Zealand's best team at the moment.

"They have a strong, mobile pack and their dangerous backline used this momentum very well. They tend to use the 'pick up and drive' tactic regularly, and are lethal when on the front foot.

"We need to deny them that privilege," he said.

Boosting the Cheetahs' hopes is their improved defence and Drotske is looking for the side to step their effort up this weekend.

"We also need to kick well tactically. If we can find any sort of weakness with our plans for this weekend's match, we need to capitalise and dominate," he said.

Head of the Cheetahs' list for attention is midfield star Sonny Bill Williams.

"He's the best centre in the competition according to all the states. We'll need to mark him," Drotske said.

Much could depend on whether the Cheetahs are able to field their outstanding playmaker at first five-eighths, the 19-year-old Johan Goosen. He is battling a shoulder injury and Sias Ebersohn, who scored 23 points in last season's win over the Crusaders, may be named to play.