Titans look to seniors to help level series

2011-03-09 00:00

THE Titans will be looking to their senior players to take the lead in levelling the series when they play the Cape Cobras in their Standard Bank Pro20 second leg semi-final at SuperSport Park at 6 pm today.

The Cobras won the first leg at Sahara Park Newlands, leaving the Titans to complete a home double in the second and potential third legs to qualify for the final.

The knock-out phase is normally the platform for the cream to rise to the surface and that has been very much the case in the three semi-final legs played so far.

The Cobras can point to the fact that some of their younger players such as Richard Levi and Michael Rippon may have exceeded expectations, but they will again be looking to the likes of Herschelle Gibbs, Owais Shah, Charl Langeveldt, Claude Henderson and Johann Louw to play major roles.

They were very much to the fore when the Cobras outclassed the Titans in the first leg.

Much the same scenario played itself out in the other semi-final when Makhaya Ntini and Mark Boucher were among the standout players.

The Titans can draw inspiration on two fronts. In the first place they cannot possibly play as badly again as they did in the first leg. In the second place they are not exactly short of experience either — and not just at domestic level.

The likes of Jacques Rudolph, Roelof van der Merwe and Albie Morkel are all internationally respected players in any company.

That international experience counts, as those players find it easier to shut out peripheral issues and focus totally on the job at hand.

The job at hand is not just to qualify for the final, but to secure the Champions’ League qualifying spot and all the benefits that entail both for the players and their franchises.

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