The Valke’s narrow defeat against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld has given the team great confidence.
It seems the East Rand outfit will not take life in the Premier Division of the Absa Currie Cup lying down. And the 18-16 loss could so easily have been a famous victory, says fullback Jan Cloete.
“We really should have won that game. We missed two kicks and even if we had just got one of them it would have made all the difference,” Cloete told keo.co.za
The Falcons, a walking bonus point for the big teams a few years ago are now a force to be reckoned with. Admittedly the Bulls were missing a clutch of players, but still have far greater resources than their close neighbours.
“We have really developed a strong unit. Our tactical kicking really put them on the back foot. At half-time (18-6 down) we were not worried and we came back strongly.”
The Valke already have the Vodacom Cup on display at the Bosman Stadium and on Saturday they clash with the Currie Cup holders in Brakpan.
“The Cheetahs are a very good team and although we haven’t really devised a plan for them, they are obviously on form following the huge defeat of Griquas,” said the No 15.
The Valke base their winning strategy on a tight defence – with Australian defensive coach Mark Donato playing a pivotal role in this area.
“Our defence was superb at Loftus and the confidence gained from knowing we do not give away soft tries helps us move forward with confidence,” added Cloete.
No doubt, the Valke are on a role and more teams will feel the brunt of their force in the coming weeks, starting with the Cheetahs at the weekend.
By Andrew Hollely