Cape Town - Titans
coach Mark Boucher is adamant that his side has not lost any of the momentum or
intensity they so impressively built at the start of the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge
ahead of their clash with the Warriors at Willowmoore in Benoni on
reigning champions last played a game on November 19 when they overcame the Cape Cobras for a fourth win in succession.
But in the
fast-paced and tightly-scheduled competition, they had a match against the Dolphins washed out last Friday followed by another weather-hit
game that saw no action against the Highveld Lions in midweek.
have been raised whether this will disrupt the almost invincible head of steam
they had established, but Boucher was having none of it, insisting they are in
the same space as they were a week ago.
"No not at
all (has our momentum been disrupted)," he said. "Everyone keeps talking about
it, but I'm not sure why.
hard, we train at the right intensity with the guys hitting enough balls, so
there's no reason why our intensity shouldn't be at the same level, if not
better at this point of the season.
you get on a roll, you tend to ride the momentum, but we got the momentum
still, we're still unbeaten and the guys are all looking sharp. I think it's
just media talk and it's rubbish."
whose side will effectively book their place in the semi-finals with a win on
Friday, is expecting the bottom-placed Warriors to be under pressure for the
probably a game that they have to win," he added. "So, they'll be treating it
like a final and every game for them now will be treated that way I'm sure.
expect them to fight really hard against us, they always do. And so even though
they haven't been on top of their game, it will be close.
top of the log still, so for us we don't need to play any frantic cricket, we
can just continue playing our brand and at our pace, making the other teams do
Warriors were beaten by the Cobras on Wednesday night for their fourth loss of
the campaign and coach Malibongwe Maketa knows the stakes will be high in
though we lost, there were fine margins and we will try to make sure we can
come out on the other side of those against the Titans," he said.
where we stand with four games to go. All four are finals. We've always done
well in the past when we've had our backs to the wall and I don't see any