Ludeke lays into his pussycats

Embattled Cats coach Frans Ludeke will not tolerate mediocrity. He has taken the axe to those duffers who paraded as professional rugby players in the 23-12 Vodacom Super 14 defeat against the Stormers.

Jorrie Muller, among the backs gets the first blow in a rejigged backline. Ashwin Willemse returns for Wylie Human and Jaque Fourie has been moved to the wing as a counter to the physical presence of the Chiefs wingers.

The problem, though, is not so much with the outside backs, but with flyhalf Tiaan Snyman. He was hopeless against the Stormers and the word in Cape Town from the Stormers players is that they sensed he was scared stiff of being tackled. Well, imagine a certain Chiefs No 8 knowing that!

Grant Esterhuizen gets an overdue call-up in the centres.

The pack has also been bulldozed by Ludeke and veteran prop Marius Hurter and lock Klein-Jan Tromp won’t see much action again if they continue to plod around as they did against the Stormers.

Lukas van Biljon is carrying an injury, but on Saturday he may as well have been carrying the drinks, such was his negligible impact.

Cats vs. Chiefs (probable): Earl Rose; Ashwin Willemse, Grant Esterhuizen, Wayne Julies, Jaque Fourie; Tiaan Snyman, Enrico Januarie; Ernst Joubert, Wikus van Heerden, Baywatch Grobbelaar, Willem Stoltz, Jannes Labuschagne, Daniel Muller, Lukas van Biljon/Delarey du Preez, Pietman van Niekerk. Subs: Willie Wepener/Delarey du Preez, Lawrence Sephaka, Trevor Hall, Gerhard Vosloo, Jano Vermaak, Doppies la Grange and Wylie Human.