But that won’t stop the local players from getting ready for the new season.

Cape Cobras captain Dane Piedt, who would have played for the South African “A” team against the tourists, says he is happy working with Cape physio Sherman Baatjies and his Cobras teammates.

He explains: “Sherman Baatjes has turned the level of intensity up a notch. The guys are feeling it, but it is all for a good cause and we want to hit the ground running next season.”

After a swak season that saw no silverware come to Newlands, Piedt adds that his main focus is bringing success back instead of getting back into the national Test team, who he has represented seven times.