When Piet Krause and his Valke team-mates wake up tomorrow morning they donâ€™t want the same feeling as last Saturday.
â€œAfter the game last Friday night, we sat in the change-room and thought we had done well. We were actually pleased with the bonus point (for losing by less than seven),â€ the Valke captain told keo.co.za.
â€œBut when I woke up on the Saturday the first thing that went through my mind was: â€˜Ag, no, we should have won that game.â€™ Immediately I felt disappointed. I suppose it is a good thing because we now have such high expectations of ourselves.â€
The Valke scored ten unanswered points in the second half, but missed two goal-able kicks that would seen them complete a shock upset as they lost 18-16.
Tonight they face Rassie Erasmusâ€™s defending champions at the Bosman Stadium in Brakpan, a venue which saw them clinch their first ever trophy last month â€“ the Vodacom Cup against the Wildebeest.
â€œPlaying at home always helps and we get good support. That performance against the Bulls was not bad, but we can definitely improve as the season goes on.
â€œDespite the loss to the Bulls we did get a confidence boost and we know that without their Springboks, the bigger teams are vulnerable. We need to take advantage of that.â€
The Valke team has been together through the Vodacom Cup and has a number of exciting youngsters who are beginning to believe they can compete with the big boys, says Krause.
The Cheetahs are in for a tough time on the East Rand this evening. The match kicks-off at 7.10pm.
By Andrew Hollely