Apart from getting a draw last weekend, the Cats also showed a lot more purpose when on attack.
While the defence is still suspect and has conceded a few soft tries in the competition and a couple more on Saturday, the Cats actually looked dangerous when going forward against the Western Force.
“Our attack is starting to come right,” Cats assistant coach Allister Coetzee told keo.co.za. “Although we have conceded a few soft tries on defence and have worked hard on that aspect this week we are pleased that we held onto possession better at the weekend.”
And changes to the backline will hopefully emphasise that improvement when the Cats tackle the Blues in their last Vodacom Super 14 match at home. “Ricky (Januarie) has been lacking fitness all season and it is because he was always playing catch-up after returning from injury. Jano (Vermaak) has improved all season and he made a differnce when he came on against the Force. The ball to the backs was much quicker and he certainly made an impact.”
Another interesting change is the return of Jaque Fourie to his usual position at outside centre. Fourie played left wing on Saturday and was deservedly named man of the match. “Jaque is so versatile and we use him in various roles. He might have number 13 on his back, but we use him in several channels, especially out wide where his pace and power is a huge asset,” said Coetzee.
“He is obviously a very capable player and adds some needed stability to our midfield.” The Blues have had an up and down season and come to Ellis Park after escaping with a one-point win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein at the weekend.
The Cats will be keen to go one better than a draw and reward their diminishing band of loyal fans. The changes may be the tonic needed and the confidence gained from the second half of the Force match must be harnessed if the Cats are to win for just the second time this year.
By Andrew Hollely