Wikus added to Cats squad

Cats captain Wikus van Heerden has been added to an enlarged 23-man Cats squad for the Vodacom Super 14 match against the winless Western Force at Ellis Park on Friday night.

Van Heerden missed the Bulls thrashing with a knee niggle and will find out on Tuesday whether he will lead the team onto the field for a match the Calamity Cats are desperate to win.

Cats assistant coach Allister Coetzee told keo.co.za that van Heerden will undergo a fitness test at Ellis Park on Tuesday morning to determine if the left knee problem has cleared up.

“The final decision will be made on Tuesday morning. Wikus took it easy on Monday and didn’t run at full pace with the rest of the squad, but he did train,” said Coetzee.

“We have stuck with the same 22 and added Wikus and had a long video session with the entire squad. It was a very good session. We focussed on the positives. We need to put those things we discussed into practice now,” Coetzee added.

The 22 players that did duty at Loftus Versfeld have been given a reprieve and will get another chance to get the Cats back to winning ways. It is probably for the best as more wholsale changes would have disrupted the preparation even more.

If van Heerden is passed fit, he will likely don the No 7 jersey, with Trevor Hall, who normally plays at lock moving to the bench. Cobus Grobbelaar, who replaced van Heerden for the Bulls match will probably remain on the other flank.

By Andrew Hollely