As the Cats enter their ninth year of existence, Andre Pretorius has stated there is no excuse for failure.
Speaking to keo.co.za, the Boks’ first choice 10 and Cats playmaker admitted his frustration at the tendancy of the franchise to blame circumstance rather than taking responsibility for past failures.
“Every year we look good on paper,” a frank Pretorius admitted. “We look as good as any side in the competition, but then we don’t perform. This year there will be no excuses. To be honest, the arrangement with the Cheetahs in previous seasons should never have been an excuse for the shocking results we’ve produced. It should have actually been a positive, but those days are behind us now.”
“All I know is that this side will judge itself on what the scoreboard says, and not find reasons for our failings.”
Pretorius cites the almost identical squad make-up of the 2005 Lions Currie Cup outfit and this year’s Cats squad as a reason for optimism.
“Continuity is a word that gets thrown around a lot, I’ve been guilty of it in the past, but this year I think it really is applicable. Before if we had the same coach for two years in a row we shouted ‘continuity’, but it really isn’t. Frans [Ludeke] has been here for a while now and the core of the squad has remained constant, so hopefully we’ll see the benefits of that.”
One of Ludeke’s earliest innovations was to invite former Cats coach Laurie Mains for a stint with the side, a move Pretorius endorsed completely.
“Laurie’s going home tonight, but the week he was spent with us has been very valuable. He’s a good coach, and the one aspect he specialises in is discipline. It’s an area we’re really focusing on, and his input will help tremendously in that regard.”