Frans stands firm

Cats coach Frans Ludeke is going nowhere in a hurry. He says his Cats outfit still has nine matches to play in the Vodacom Super 14 and he will be around for all nine of them.

Ludeke told Die Beeld’s Hennie Brandt that he was still in charge of the Cats.

“I don’t have plans to resign as coach. However, I know I will be held responsible for everything in the end. Things will and shall get better. We must still play nine matches and we will continue to try our best. I believe the best players are here and I believe in them.”

Brandt reports that Ludeke has received the backing of his president and CEO — usually the death wish for coaches.

Cats president Jannie Ferreira told Brandt: “It is not as if the coach is not doing his work. It’s a matter of things not going right off the field, among them training facilities and the times when they can train. Things are made difficult for us (South African teams),” Ferreira said.

The Cats CEO, Andy Turner, has also joined the squad in Christchurch.

Ludeke said his players accepted the criticism because their performances on the road have not been up to standard.

“They realise rugby is their job and they have a responsibility to those supporting them. They are in control of things. What happened was just not good enough and there’s no excuse,” said Ludeke.