Springbok coach Jake White was busy on Monday morning in more urgent meetings at Cats headquarters as he bids to help stop the slid the team currently finds itself on.
Neither White nor any of the top brass of the Cats franchise could be reached for comment, but Springbok media liaison manager Rayaan Adriaanse confirmed White was in the crisis talks at Ellis Park.
“He is in meetings with all the role players this morning. He is trying to help them sort their problems out,” said Adriaanse.
White arrived in the city on Sunday after receiving an urgent SOS from Cats bosses and went straight into crisis meetings to discuss the way forward for the under-achieving outfit.
White, who offered to help the beleagured franchise earlier in the season, was aproached after the ignominious 23-16 defeat at the hands of the rubble Reds on Saturday. It is a sure sign that administrators and team management are at wits end after suffering a sixth successive loss and seventh in eight Vodacom Super 14 matches this season.
According to a report in Beeld on Monday, White’s involvement is not the only drastic step team management has decided on to ensure that there is an improvement.
The players who are under contract with the Golden Lions have also been reminded that under-achieving in the Super 14 series could have a direct bearing on future contracts.
White joined the Cats as an adviser on Sunday afternoon. He will remain in Johannesburg until Thursday and will hopefully spot a couple of things that can help the Cats who tackle the Sharks at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon.
He has met with the coaches Frans Ludeke and Allister Coetzee and the president and CEO of the GLRU Jannie Ferreira and Andy Turner, respectively.
Ludeke and the rest of the Cats management as well as the players are under enormous pressure to reverse fortunes and another defeat at the hands of the Sharks could be the final straw for several people.
By Andrew Hollely