Werner Greeff, rested and fit for the first time in two seasons, was back to his brilliant best at Ellis Park on Saturday.
And among Greeff’s biggest admirers on the day was Cats coach Frans Ludeke, who described Greeff’s performance as one of the biggest differences between the two sides.
Ludeke told the Johannesburg media that Greeff was brilliant under the high ball and that he showed up the Cats players in this department. Ludeke conceded his players could not match Greeff and his fellow backs when it came to adapting to the wet conditions and that the Cats were their own worst enemies in the match.
He blamed poor finishing as a factor, but admitted his side were clueless in breaking down the Stormers defence around the fringes, where Schalk Burger once again had a huge game.
Greeff, who has been plagued by injury in the past two seasons, scored a sensational try for the Boks against the Wallabies in 2002 and then kicked the conversion for a famous 33-31 win. Ever since he has failed to reach similar heights as the curse of injury threatened to finish his career.
His performance on Saturday was as good as he has produced for the Stormers.