Just not good enough

Dick Muir and Frans Ludeke were disappointed by the rugby dished up in Rustenburg on Wednesday night.

The Sharks won the first match 24-14, but went down 13-20 in the main game. However, neither warm-up was much of a spectacle as a number of penalties were awarded as well as six yellow cards.

“I am worried about the line-outs and scrums but I think a couple of the cards were unnecessary,” said Muir afterwards. “The warm-up matches were good though, and we can now start preparing for our first Super 14 game against the Chiefs.”

Ludeke was also unsatisfied by the Cats’ performances, especially in the first game.

“I wanted to see us attack more, because the Super 14 is all about scoring tries,” he said. “However, In the second match, we used our chances better.”

One major positive for Ludeke was Tiaan Snyman’s return from injury at flyhalf. The former Affies No 10 was successful with four kicks at goal while his tactical kicking was as impressive. Bok duo Ashwin Willemse and Jaque Fourie also threatened on attack, with the former showing no signs of the injury that kept him out of rugby for the majority of last season.