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Cats were just warm-up - Kobus



As far as Vodacom Stormers coach Kobus van der Merwe is concerned, the real Super 14 starts this Saturday when his team host the Waratahs at what is expected to be a packed Newlands.
While a lot of critics made the Cats favourites for the Super 14 opener against the Stormers in Johannesburg last weekend, Van der Merwe and his men were never under any doubt that their Ellis Park opponents would be a lot less formidable than what is still to come.

So much so that Van der Merwe now admits that the Cats fixture was viewed by he and his management as another warm-up game.

“We were quite fortunate to have the Cats as our first opponents,†said Van der Merwe in looking back at his team’s opening match.

“I took the decision to not play too many preparation games, and had we been up against a side like the Crusaders or the Waratahs first up, we might have found we were off the pace and we could have been in trouble.

“But we were playing the Cats in Joburg, so that meant less pressure, and it enabled us to almost get in an extra warm-up fixture. We were not perfect against the Cats, but the match would have helped us pick up match fitness and sharpness, and that will hopefully serve us well against the Waratahs. It was as if the Cats game was an additional warm-up game.â€

Van der Merwe knows that the Waratahs, as last year’s beaten finalists, will provide his men with an acid test as they go out to prove to the Cape public that they have indeed turned the corner.

“The Waratahs are a strong team and we must start as underdogs in this one. They have a strong tight five, one of the best in the competition, so that will be a test of that aspect of our game, which was pleasing at Ellis Park.

“It’s funny how quickly things change. A week ago everyone was saying our forwards were not up to it, now everyone thinks we have cracked it. In reality we will know a lot more once we have played the Waratahs. They have very good lineout forwards, compete very well, and are probably in this regard among the best in the competition.

“So it will be a big challenge for Andries Bekker and Ross Skeate. Their backs are also going to test our backs, particularly the new guys. We all know what Wendell Sailor is capable of, and Lote Tuqiri and Morgan Turinui as well. For Ryno Benjamin and Jongi Nokwe, this is going to be a massive challenge.â€[/b]

Talk about being cocky, what a prick! Watch Sailor run over Nokwe a couple off times this weekend.
that is quite sad...i guess the good thing about new zealand is we dont belittle other local teams that badly..i mean sure....if a cantabarian was having a seizure on the road...ill just run over him back and forth but i wouldnt say those words about the crusaders...neva..whats wrong with this world!!!!!!!
The Stormers/WP coach is always mouthing off, he did it in last years CC and the Blue Bulls gave WP a big old hiding.
He's just saying that he would've treated the game differently if they played the Tahs instead of the Cats. The Cats didn't pose a significant threat to them, since they are nowhere near the level of the Tahs or any other top team. To be fair the Cats have been at the bottom of the Super 12 for the past 3 years or so and as the article says: "(They were) never under any doubt that their Ellis Park opponents would be a lot less formidable than what is still to come"

I don't think he's cocky, maybe just realistic...
Still.....i've never really herd a coach belittle an opponent like that.

no class
Originally posted by The TRUTH!!@Feb 15 2006, 04:23 PM
Still.....i've never really herd a coach belittle an opponent like that.

no class

Where exactly does he belittle them? He is being straightforward, calling a spade a spade. I would've agreed if he actually insulted them but nowhere is he quoted as actually insulting the Cats.

He's simply saying that they decided to go through the motions to beat them. If they had lost against the Cats and this came out then yes, I agree that it would've been seen as being cocky - confident and sure of yourself to the point of being arrogant..... But they won, he was right - He was Assertive - confident in stating his position or claim.
Originally posted by Jacko@Feb 18 2006, 03:55 PM
Phhht - warm up? Look what the Cats did to the Chiefs!
Look what the chiefs did to themselves! Worst performance i've ever seen.

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