Jaco may rescue Cats

Bok flyhalf Jaco van der Westhuyzen could be drafted into the woeful Cats franchise when he returns to Vodacom Super 14 action.

Jake White told Die Burger that it would be left to Van der Westhuyzen, who recently got out of his contract with Japanese club NEC, to decide which franchise he wanted to play for.

“I told Jaco on Friday to take the weekend off to decide what he wanted to do. He’ll tell me on Monday what he’s decided,” White told the newspaper. “I’m not going to prescribe where he must play. I want him to take the decision.”

White also told Van der Westhuyzen to look at the remaining fixtures of every team.

“If that is taken into account, it will probably be to his advantage to play for either the Cats or the Sharks, because they’re returning home soon and will play mostly in front of their own supporters for the remainder of the series.

“Another advantage in playing for the Cats is that he will have the chance to play with Bok teammates Ricky Januarie (scrumhalf) on his inside and Jaque Fourie (centre) on his outside.”

The Cats lost 50-3 to the Waratahs on Saturday and are the South African side favoured to be relegated at the end of the season. With Andre Pretorius injured, and Tiaan Snyman failing to make an impact, Van der Westhuyzen’s arrival would provide a massive boost to the Jo’burg side.

In an ideal world, Van der Westhuyzen would join the Bulls, SA’s top team in the competition. However, with Derick Hougaard back to his best and Morne Steyn providing back-up, a move to Pretoria is out of the question.