The Chiefs have a woeful record at Ellis Park, something coach Ian Foster is hoping to change on Friday night.
“It is fair to say Ellis Park has not been a happy hunting ground for the Chiefs in the past,” Foster said. “The Cats certainly present a formidable challenge and have a very strong forward pack.”
The Kiwi felt his team let themselves down against the Sharks last week, when they lost 30-21 in Durban.
“It is fair to say the more we looked at that match [against the Sharks], the more disappointed we were, particularly with the amount of opportunities that were presented to us in that match. We know we let ourselves down and were not reactive enough against a very solid Sharks defence. But we are over the analysis process, and are powering into solid training to really nail any weaknesses we showed at the weekend.
“In our preseason we had a lot of confidence with our game. While that has taken a bit of dent with the loss to the Sharks, we are determined to come away from South Africa having won at least one of the two matches. That is the opportunity that is now presented to us and we need a much improved performance to achieve it.”
The Chiefs, who are based in Cape Town and will only fly to Johannesburg the day before the match, have welcomed 19-year-old wing Lelia Masaga back into the fold. Masaga replaces Counties-Manukau team-mate and centre Niva Ta’auso who was ruled out of the tour with ankle ligament damage.