“We get a second chance to make things right. It was difficult not to reminisce about that final because we came so close (to beating the Sunfoil Dolphins in the finals at Newlands),” said Ontong.
A few senior players did not participate in the net practice on Tuesday.
The West Indian allrounder Kieron Pollard returned to Trinidad and Tobago for a few days and will train on Thursday.
He requested a few days leave as he will fly from Cape Town after the final the weekend to play in the Big Bash. He will only return to the West Indies in May 2015.
Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla attended a Cricket South Africa function, while some other players, including Dane Vilas and Omphile Ramela, were at a South African Cricket-players Association meeting.
Ontong said one of the greatest assets of the Cobras in the 2014/2015-season that contributed to them securing the home-final, was that they batted sensibly on slow tracks and ran expertly between the wickets.
Thanks to that approach, they ensured that they bat at a run of between seven and eight per over, despite the fact that boundaries were not always easy to come by.
He added that the bowling attack of both the Cobras and the Knights got them into the finals.
Both assessed conditions very well and used the change of pace to deny opposing teams momentum.
The two teams also provided the leading wicket-takers in George Linde and Shadley van Schalkwyk, who both nipped out 14 batsmen.
Andre Russell’s injection of passion and enthusiasm made a massive difference to the Knights, said Ontong.
“Rilee Rossouw and Reeza Hendricks are big players for the Knights. Upon their return from the Proteas in Australia, they gave the Knights some confidence.
“We have our plans ready for Rilee and Reeza.
“But we have to be very cautious, we have a Plan A and B for them,” Ontong added.
The captain said conditions determines the batting approach in any T20-game.
The Cobras tended to bat a bit slower at the start so that they could accelerate and attack vigorously at the end with wickets in hand.
“There is some concern that some members of the middle-order, including me, have not spent so much time at the wicket because the top-order batted so excellently. We will have to make sure about our preparations this week.”
The Cobras welcomed back Dane Piedt, the national off-spinner who captured eight for 152 in his test debut against Zimbabwe.
Piedt, recuperating well after shoulder surgery, bowled well in the nets and asked probing questions of the openers, Richard Levi and Andrew Puttick.
Piedt will represent United in a club game on Saturday.