The confidence boost the Cats received after dishing up some fairly decent rugby in the second half against the Western Force has given them hope for the match against the Blues.
The Cats and Blues clash on Saturday evening in the final Vodacom Super 14 match at Ellis Park this season. The famous stadium has been witness to just one Cats victory all season, but rose momentarily from its self-enforced slumber to witness the thrilling 34-all draw between the Cats and Force last weekend.
Ellis Park has resembled something approaching a large morgue in recent weeks and at half-time against the Force it felt like even that was compliment. But somehow the Cats rose from their living dead stupor to deliver a second 40 minutes that was by far and away their best performance this year.
It has given hope to the beleaguered coaching staff, although they are the first to admit they have done little to restore the franchise’s battered pride just yet.
“Five tries in 35 minutes is more than we have scored all year,” Cats assistant coach Allister Coetzee told keo.co.za. â€œA lot of what we have worked on in training came off in the second half against the Force and the guys realised that they still can produce at this level. There is definitely a more positive mood in the camp this week.â€
“But we are still working hard for that elusive win and the guys are as motivated as ever to finish the home leg on a high. The fans that have turned up week in and week out deserve it,” he said.
The Cats then face ex-partners the Cheetahs in a potentially explosive last round encounter also in Kimberley in the last round. Wins in these two matches would go a long way to easing the inevitable fallout at Cats HQ after the competition.
By Andrew Hollely