• Kirsten negotiating strengths, weaknesses

    Head coach Gary Kirsten will continue to navigate the pros and cons of the Durban Heat squad’s composition, come Friday’s Mzansi Super League fixture against the Paarl Rocks at Kingsmead.

    The Heat will head into the match on the back of a washout shared with the Tshwane Spartans at the same venue, while the Rocks are buoyed by recent victory over the Cape Town Blitz at Boland Park.

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    ‘The standards have been really high and there’s good teams out there. There’s six teams in the tournament, a lot of good players around, which makes for quite an exciting tournament,’ said Kirsten.

    ‘I’ve had some time to watch the games and I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen. It’s always funny when you watch a tournament and then you see a team have a good game one day and the next day they have a bad one.

    ‘You look at the strengths on one day, but then you can see the weaknesses on another day. I think every team is like that. You’ve got to manage your weaknesses as best as you can and try to take advantages of their strengths. I think every team is setting up their game plan and they strategise with that in mind.’

    Captain Dane Vilas, meanwhile, is hopeful of a full fixture on Friday despite the threat of rain again in Durban. Vilas captained the Jozi Stars to the maiden MSL title last year, but has since joined the Heat.

    ‘It’s not unexpected here in Durban, so the guys were a bit more mentally prepared for it. Obviously the guys are raring to go after putting in a lot of preparations in the last 10 or so days,’ he added.

    ‘We had a good week preparation for that first game and then there was a bit of frustration, but we go again. We know the weather is going to be a factor here in Durban, but we’re not going to let that bother us too much because there’s nothing you can do – you can’t fight the weather.’

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