After a tough draw against the Warriors, the Titans lost to a very motivated WSB Cape Cobras outfit. Despite this, the defending red-ball champions still maintain a keen interest in the competition.
"We have mixed some good cricket with bad cricket, and that hasn't helped us. It has been a tough start to the season, and a few injuries going around the squad have also not been good for morale," stand-in skipper Shaun von Berg explained.
"There are a few changes that we have made, with some opportunities for a few guys coming up. That is a natural reaction to a poor start, and we are really keen to get back to winning ways. If we can win the next two games, against the Lions and the Dolphins, then we are right back in it," Von Berg added.
What has been clear to the Titans this season is that teams have rocked up to SuperSport Park Centurion very motivated to do well. The Dolphins and the Warriors came and claimed draws, while the Cobras went one better. There appears to be a target on the back of the dominant franchise for the last few seasons, but that comes with the territory.
"We embrace the challenge, and we have set our own standards. We know it hasn't been good enough to this point, and we are looking to change that. Every team in the competition is capable, but we need to focus on ourselves," Von Berg reiterated.
The added challenge of leading the side has also fallen on Von Berg, and he says that he has had great support around him.
"The last time I captained was in school, so doing it at this level is obviously a much bigger challenge. But we have a lot of experience around the squad, and a lot of decisions are made together."
Von Berg also brought up a notable 100th first-class appearance recently, which speaks of longevity and consistency in the game. Within those 100 matches, he has tasted plenty of success with Northerns and then the Titans, and he and the rest of the squad will be looking to get back to winning ways at the earliest opportunity.
Shaun von Berg (Capt)
Theunis de Bruyn
Tony de Zorzi