– Playing for the Currie Cup title in front of their home crowd brings some
added pressure but Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann wants his charges to enjoy
the moment in Saturday’s final against Western Province in Johannesburg.
players know you only get the one opportunity and if you make a mistake it can
cost you points or even the match so there is that added pressure," Ackermann
said at the team announcement on Thursday.
22 guys need to stay in the moment and focus on the job they need to do and
don’t do something different.
players know they have this opportunity and they must enjoy it ... to be in the
final is a privilege and we are thankful to the supporters."
Lions have been the form side this season winning 11 consecutive matches in the
build-up to the final and could become the first side since the 90s to bow out
of the competition with an unbeaten record.
Sharks were the last team to finish the Currie Cup without a single defeat
when they claimed the 1996 title with 15 victories from as many matches.
will have to overturn a trend in recent years where the underdog has gone away
with the spoils in the final.
made only three changes to the side that beat a resilient Free State Cheetahs
side in last weekend’s semi-final at Ellis Park.
former Springbok lock surprised with the selection of Kwagga Smith, who has
been used effectively as impact off the bench, at flank ahead of Steph de
outside centre Stokkies Hanekom has been dropped to the bench with Rohan Janse
van Rensburg earning a starting berth, while Robbie Coetzee will wear the number-2
jersey with Malcolm Marx dropping to the bench.
of them (Smith and Janse van Rensburg) have been rotated throughout the season
and they’ve been selected for the specific roles they can play," Ackermann
are two exciting players that we feel don’t always get a fair shot from the
bench and they can show what they can do right from the start.
saying that Stokkies has the X-factor and Steph de Witt has the ability to make
an impact off the bench and we are strengthening our bench."
Andries Coetzee, 14. Courtnall Skosan, 13. Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12. Howard
Mnisi, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Warren
Whiteley, 7. Kwagga Smith, 6. Jaco Kriel (captain), 5. Franco Mostert, 4.
Lourens Erasmus, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Jacques van
16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Ruan Dreyer, 18. Fabian Booysen, 19. Stephan de Witt, 20.
Jaco van der Walt, 21. Stokkies Hanekom, 22. Sampie Mastriet
Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Dillyn Leyds, 13. Johnny Kotze, 12. Juan de Jongh (captain),
11. Seabelo Senatla, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7.
Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6. Rynhardt Elstadt, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Jean Kleyn, 3. Wilco
Louw, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Steven Kitshoff
16. Michael Willemse, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Chris van Zyl, 19. Jurie van Vuuren,
20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Huw Jones