Currie Cup

Coetzee labels Lions favourites

2014-10-21 09:24
Allister Coetzee (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee says the Golden Lions will go into Saturday's Currie Cup final as favourites.

WP topped the log in regular season and therefore won the rights to host the final at Newlands.

However, the Lions are on a hot streak, having thrashed the Sharks 50-20 in last weekend's semi-finals, while also annihilating the Free State Cheetahs 47-7 at home the previous week.

In an interview with SA Rugbymag, Coetzee described the Lions as a "helluva in-form side". He said they have played superb rugby throughout the competition and should be considered favourites this weekend.

Coetzee said his WP side will be doing what they've been doing all season, hinting that they will not back down from their newly-adopted attacking strategy which has seen them average four tries per game in the competition.

“It’s a challenge that we’re embracing and that we’re excited about. You can’t ask for more than running out at a packed Newlands. This side has matured well this season and we’re really looking forward to Saturday," the coach told the WP Rugby website.

In round-robin play between the two side's this season, the home team won on both occasions. At Newlands, WP won 27-14, while the Lions emerged victorious by 35-33 at Ellis Park.

Saturday's final is scheduled to kick off at 17:00, with Craig Joubert named as referee.


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