Valke to take flight

When Piet Krause and his Valke team-mates wake up tomorrow morning they don’t want the same feeling as last Saturday.

“After 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),” the Valke captain told

“But when I woke up on the Saturday the first thing that went through my mind was: ‘Ag, no, we should have won that game.’ Immediately I felt disappointed. I suppose it is a good thing because we now have such high expectations of ourselves.”

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 Erasmus’s defending champions at the Bosman Stadium in Brakpan, a venue which saw them clinch their first ever trophy last month – the Vodacom Cup against the Wildebeest.

“Playing 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.

“Despite 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.”

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