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Barker – An Important One In Terms Of Log Position

Steve Barker

Stellenbosch Coach Steve Barker says they’re disappointed in their current DStv Premiership position, and hope to rectify it, starting against TTM on Sunday.

Stellenbosch are currently 12th on the table, two positions ahead of TTM, who host the game at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Barker is hoping for a better second half of the season for the team, and considering their league positions, it could be a six pointer for the visitors

“Ja, I think we’ve reached the halfway stage of the season, and so it’s always an opportunity halfway through the season to reflect on the first 15 matches going into the second half of the season,” Barker told the club’s media department.

“And so we are disappointed in our current sort of log position, we feel that we want to be in a better position than we are. So it’s important that the second round we apply ourselves better in certain situations, certain things we’ve done well, but we need to improve in other areas.”

“And I think it starts this weekend against TTM. We played them recently at home, in the league where we got a victory, but we are playing them away from home, they’re coming off a bit of form, having won the last league match and cup match.”

“So again, won’t be an easy encounter for us. However, we have to understand and believe that the fixture is an important one in terms of the log position, it almost becomes a six pointer for us.”

“But we’ve had good preparation leading into the game, a lot of players now coming back from injury, Solly Khunyedi is back available for selection as is our new signing, Ibraheem Jabaar. So in terms of availability of players, only three players not available currently, Ali Msengi, who’s on national duty with the under-20 Tanzanian team, Kris Bergman, who still recovering from a hamstring strain, and Lee Langeveldt, who is also recovering from an injury to his hip area. So besides those three, we are at full strength.”

“And looking forward to the match. As I said, the preparations have gone well, we’ve worked really hard. We’ve had some good discussions regarding areas that we have to improve. So it’s important for us now to put all the the talking behind and to put that into action on Sunday.”

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