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Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Super 14: Cats feeling under-done?

Cats coach, Frans Ludeke, has decided to add an extra hit-out to his team's pre-Super 14 schedule in order to address certain glitches identified in the Bulls and Spears matches.

Despite initial disappointment after the Spears match, Ludeke says that post match analysis showed they improved from the earlier Bulls matches.

"It wasn't a good game and I'm not happy, and the players aren't happy either," Ludeke said after the game.

"We conceded a lot of penalties at the breakdown, turnovers in the tackle and made a lot of handling errors. We have to do the basics right," Ludeke said.

"We wanted to focus on the basics, get good set-piece ball, get go-forward and quick ball. It didn't happen and we couldn't put pressure on them," he said.

"The good thing was that we won and you can build on a win. We're 70 percent of where we want to be but we need to work to keep the ball in contact."

The Cats are also experiencing a crisis at flyhalf with Andre Pretorius, Nel Fourie and Tiaan Snyman all currently ruled out through injury.

This has necessitated the call-up of the sturdy Griffons pivot, André Hough, who is expected to get his first start against the Pumas on Thursday in the extra match.

Current options at 10 include, Hough, Arno Coetzee and WP expat, Earl Rose.

The Cats will have another outing against the Sharks at the start of February.

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For any SA team to be successful, we need ALL SA teams taking points off the Kiwis and Aussies.

So, in the spirit of togetherness, I wish the Cats all the very best and hope the injuries clear up sooner rather than later.

When the Stormers lift the S14 trophy in the air, we'll need to thank the other SA S14 teams for helping us.
Phew. Ja, whatever!  
I'm starting to get that worried feeling in the pit of my stomach - eish  
The S14 is not won in January. Keep faith in our teams. It might just be NZ complacency that opens the door for us this year.  
Have you seen the Cats schedule donner?

Hardcore six terrible games on the trot,

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