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Lions must stay humble - Boss

2011-11-01 07:52

Cape Town - Despite being over the moon about their Currie Cup success, Golden Lions president Kevin de Klerk says they must stay humble in their quest to become a big force in South African rugby in the years to come.

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The Lions broke a 12 year Currie Cup drought when they demolished the Sharks 42-16 in the final on Saturday but De Klerk - who played a key role in their revival since he became president two years ago - says they need to keep their feet on the ground.

"To win the Cup is absolutely wonderful for my young guys. It is also wonderful for my management, my committees and for the people of Gauteng for whom we were finally able to bring the Cup home again. But we must stay humble and know where this thing comes from," De Klerk told the Beeld newspaper. 

Their 26 point victory margin was also the biggest victory margin in a Currie Cup final since the then Northern Transvaal (now Blue Bulls) smashed Western Province 39-9 in 1980.

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Comments
  • pswart40 - 2011-11-01 08:20

    The one thing most of us (Lions and their supporters) will always be is humble. We have been through enough hard times to appreciate the honour of success and how hard you should work to get it. That said..... Eat your heart out "Springboks" :-)

  • Stephen - 2011-11-01 08:44

    Now the Lions will have to face losing players to the Bok team and other provinces making them offers- like BBs and Sharks. How long will they be at the top me wonders.....

      Nico - 2011-11-01 10:11

      The whole match 22 of the finals already signed up with the Lions again, think the management did learn a couple of lessons on contracting etc. the last number of years. (I hope so in any case!!)

  • Jed - 2011-11-01 09:05

    I'll judge the Lions during the Super 15.

  • my10cent - 2011-11-01 09:18

    That is exactly why the Boks didn't make it further than the QF's ...and why the supporters cannot take the loss!!! The Lions, and their supporters knows how to be humble.

  • Grant - 2011-11-01 10:25

    Mr de Klerk, you may preach humility, which I totally support, but to keep the union atop you need to realize that you will have to counter arrogant offers from other unions. Use this success to rake in money that you can use to pay the players competitive fees. You must realize that a ot of the new Lions brand was built around Strauss. Make sure you keep him.

      roboman1 - 2011-11-01 11:59

      and make sure you keep Mitchell, the coach!

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