Robin Peterson is a veteran player in all senses of the words, with a wealth of experience under his belt and having just returned from the Proteas tour of Australia, the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras player is hoping to draw from this when his side clashes against the bizhub Highveld Lions in the final of the Momentum One Day Cup at the BidVest Wanderers on Friday.
“Coming from a big international tour definitely helps, there is no bigger pressure than playing for South Africa and on Friday night, I will definitely be able to draw from my experience,” said Peterson.
The team has done well throughout the tournament and barring three losses early on the competition, the Cobras have been formidable, Peterson says the confidence in the Cobras camp is high and there is a definite desire to perform well in the crunch clash on Friday.
“There’s a lot of confidence in the camp and there is a willingness to do well, we all take a lot of heart from that,” said Peterson.
The Cobras supporters, or the Cobras FaNgs as they are known, have been an asset to the team and Peterson says there has been a tangible excitement around Cape Town. While the match might be in Johannesburg, the Cobras all-rounder says that there is no better prize than bringing the trophy back to the Mother City.
“Everywhere you go about Cape Town at the moment, people are excited about the team and they’re wishing us all well. They want the trophy back here and I think it’s important to deliver a performance for the fans.
“To bring the trophy back for the fans is probably the biggest thing for us at the moment,” Peterson said.
The Bullring has hosted some memorable matches and for Peterson, it’s one of the best venues in the world. The all-rounder is expected a solid turnout and a good atmosphere.
“The Cobras love playing at the Bullring, very few stadiums have that vibe. Personally I love playing at the Wanderers, it’s a great venue and there is a great atmosphere around Joburg at the moment. I’m expecting a decent turn out and a great occasion for the players,”
Many believe that luck plays a part in the shorter format of the game and with some thunderstorms expected to interfere, Peterson is adamant that teams are still in control of their own fate and believes that the Cobras preparation will be enough to help them get over the line.
“Luck does play a small part in games like these. Whether that’s winning the toss when there is rain about, which there might be, but you can still control about 95% of the game if you prepare well. We want to focus on our preparation,” Peterson added.