Wikus switches focus

Cats captain Wikus van Heerden is a relieved man.

He found out on Saturday evening that he had earned a recall to the Springbok training squad. And that call-up affords the hard-working flank the opportunity to shift his focus from the beleagured Cats/Lions to the Boks. It is a huge weight off his shoulders – for now.

Everyone at the Cats has felt the pinch of a disastrous campaign, but now for van Heerden and the other Cats’ Boks there is a great chance to start afresh in Bloemfontein this week.

It has been a difficult year for the Cats skipper as his team failed to produce anywhere near their potential throughout the 13 rounds. Van Heerden though never gave less than 100%.

“It’s been so frustrating,” van Heerden told keo.co.za, “especially having to sit out the last few weeks. And I though we had finally got it right in kimberley. The guys played well in the first half against the Cheetahs, but then the Cheetahs came back strongly.”

Van Heerden has been out of action since injuring himself against the Sharks on April 15, but is confident of being able to take a full part in the Bok camp starting on Wednesday.

“It’s been a great thing actually for me. I needed a break and the rest has done wonders. I’m pretty much ready to start at full pace on Wednesday.”

Van Heerden had waited with great anticipation while Saru president Oregan Hoskins read the names of the 45 players in alphabetical order. “It was a little nerve-wracking, especially as he approached the V’s in the forwards. But it was a great feeling to be included. There is a lot of hard work that lies ahead.”

By Andrew Hollely