Turning the screws on Frans

Cats CEO Andy Turner has labelled his side’s performances in the Vodacom Super 14 as ludicrous, but cautioned that the team should not be written off by the South African public.

Speaking to keo.co.za, the passionate Turner honestly admitted that the Cats are underperforming woefully in the competition.

“I’m not happy with our current performance, it’s time to be honest,” Turner said. “We’ve been appalling. Shocking actually. The solace I draw is that we still have nine games to go, and last year after four games the Bulls were lying 9th as well. We mustn’t panic, but urgent improvements are needed, and everyone in the squad is aware of that.”

Turner added that the addition of Conrad Jantjes to the backline and Andre Pretorius’ expected introduction in a few weeks time could prove the catalyst to a recovery.

“There’s no substitute for experience and quality. One thing successful teams have taught us is that you need great players and great systems to succeed. I’m confident in both our systems and our players, but obviously at this stage injuries are hampering us. Guys like Conrad, Andre and Ashwin [Willemse], these are brilliant players, and will improve the quality of the side by at least 30%.”

Turner admitted that the financial implications of the team underperforming are serious.

“It’s simple really. If the team wins, people come and watch. I’ve got a 60 000 seater stadium to fill every weekend and the only way we’re going to do that is if we win consistently. We can still come back from the overseas leg and win our six home games, which will build momentum. I’m sure the first game will see a very low attendance, but after that good results will ensure the Jo’burg public gets behind the side.”

The Cats were not helped by the ridiculous scheduling of the Chiefs fixture in Round Two of the Vodacom Super 14, which saw a 6pm kick-off on a Friday night.

“The timing of the kick-off was a disaster. I mean, 6pm on a Friday night in Johannesburg? That’s a nightmare. Luckily we budgeted very low for that game, we knew attendance would be low.”

“Ultimately, though, we cannot afford to continually be distracted by the sideshows. We are still masters of our own destinies. We must stop making excuses. They are no longer acceptable.”