Cats coach Frans Ludeke admitted his team’s performance against the Reds on Saturday left a lot to be desired.
Ludeke, who also coached the Cats in the 2002 Super 12, has now won just two matches out of 19 at this level.
“We came back from a long overseas tour and wanted to win this match,” Ludeke said after the game. “We created try-scoring opportunities, but our finishing let us down again. But there are still five matches to go and we’re looking forward to the match against the Sharks next weekend. We must just go back to the drawing board.”
Somewhat surprisingly, Ludeke took a number of positives from the Cats’ defeat.
“We got over the advantage line regularly and our ball possession was good,” he said. “We also managed to create some momentum.”
Cats captain Wikus van Heerden put in another massive effort, but once again finished on the losing side.
“If you don’t round off your chances, then you’ll always come second,” he said. “We’re obviously very disappointed to lose, but we’ll keep on trying and hopefully get things right for the Sharks game.”