22 Jan 2006
Life has not improved much for the Spears in a week. Hammered by the Cheetahs 48-0, the Spears were on the receiving end again in their friendly against the Cats.
The Cats lead 24-5 at halftime, but only managed one more try in the second half, as opposed to two Spears penalties, to win 29-11.
The Spears will no doubt talk this one up … only an 18 point loss against an experimental Cats team.
The pre-tournament warm-ups are pretty meaningless when it comes to scores, given the nature of the matches and the line-ups that are played.
The established teams use it as a trial to test certain combinations and certain first phase plays.
No doubt, Pieter de Villiers (coach of the Spears), will have found some comfort in a scoreline that was not an embarrassment.
His opposite Frans Ludeke would not even give the scoreline a consideration. It is why one team is playing in the Super 14 and the other will be cannon fodder in the Currie Cup this season.