T20 Domestic Cup
Knights have it all to play for
Bloemfontein - There are two ways in which the Knights could view their RAM SLAM T20 clash with the Dolphins at Kingsmead on Friday.
Six points behind the third-placed Warriors but with a game in hand, the Knights know that they must beat the Dolphins to stay in the competition - a thought which could bring enormous pressure to bear.
However, coach Sarel Cilliers hopes that they will instead see themselves as having nothing to lose and everything to gain, giving them a mentality that could free them of their inhibitions.
“We can play with a bit of freedom because we have the opportunity to come from behind,” he said.
Another injury in bizarre circumstances has not helped the Knights - on Monday, Dillon du Preez twisted his back whilst taking his child out of the car and ruled himself out of the remainder of the tournament.
“He just turned badly, and he’s having a small operation on Monday to have that seen to,” said Cilliers.
“And Pite (van Biljon) has still got a broken hand so we’re missing two guys who have made telling contributions in the last few games.”
The Dolphins could seal their passage to the play-offs by beating the Knights, having seen off The Unlimited Titans with a commanding performance on Wednesday.
“I think we put in a great performance - very controlled and everybody was just spot-on with the execution of their skills,” said captain Morne van Wyk. “It’s good times that we’re improving at this stage of the competition.”Craig Alexander
is back in the Dolphins squad after recovering from injury.