John Robbie has lambasted the Cats coaches for the team’s woeful performances in the Vodacom Super 14 this year.
Although he admitted that the 34-all draw showed that the team had dug deep, it was by no means time to celebrate at Ellis Park.
Robbie, speaking on SuperSport’s Boots&All programme, blamed the coaching duo of Frans Ludeke and Allister Coetzee for the team’s terrible run of form, saying it was up to them to get the team to gel.
“The Cats forwards have been reasonable, but the backs have been shocking,” Robbie said. “I wonder what Jake White must be thinking with the Cats having many of the Bok backline and are coached by the Bok backline coach yet still can’t perform.”
“And whose responsibilty is it to get the players to perform. It’s up to the coach. It’s up to him to mould the individuals into a fine unit. That hasn’t happened,” he added.
“They are actually a very good team, but that extra soark is missing. It’s difficult to pin-point.”
Naas Botha agreed, but felt that when the players pulled on the Springbok jersey things would be different. “The facts are scary. If you take them out of that environment and put them in the Boks, I’m sure they will perform.”
Said Robbie: “What worries me is we have seen no vintage backline play from any of the South African teams. No one has hit the line at pace or produced anything of note in the whole competition.”
By Andrew Hollely