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Lions 'ready' for WP onslaught

2011-10-21 14:19

Johannesburg - Lions coach John Mitchell says his side are ready for anything Western Province might throw at them in their Currie Cup semi-final in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Mitchell has proven to be a wily character and he said his team would have a few surprises in their bag of tricks in an effort to outwit the visitors.

"At the end of the day they will come with a lot of resistance but ultimately we are equipped for them and we're ready for it," Mitchell said.

"So it's about us applying what we want to do and we've got some subtle things in our game plan.

"We haven't gone too far away from [our game plan], but we have a few subtle things that we are looking to introduce."

Province will be at full strength after coach Allister Coetzee named six Rugby World Cup Springboks for the clash, with Schalk Burger, Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers, Jaque Fourie, Juan de Jongh and Gio Aplon all included on the team sheet.

"They haven't changed too much from what they've been doing," Mitchell said.

"They're a good attacking side and they are probably less predictable than the other sides because they like to play both sides on attack.

"They are like any side - if they can generate momentum then they can get what they want.

"Clearly their backline would have been strengthened and you can't ignore the impact of Schalk as an individual, but I reckon I have about three of them in the back row, so it is three against one."

Coetzee said it would be important for his charges to hold possession if they wanted to reach the final.

"There are no bonus points at stake in knockout rugby, so it's important that we keep possession," said Coetzee.

"We have selected a quality bench and we've done well this season in terms of bringing on players who make an impact."

The other semi-final tussle will see defending Currie Cup champions the Sharks taking on the Free State Cheetahs in Durban earlier in the day.

The coastal side have the best defensive record in this season's competition, while the Free Staters have the best try-scoring record.

The Cheetahs' attacking ability has not gone unnoticed in Durban with Sharks coach John Plumtree stressing the importance of his team's defence.

"They scored a few against us in Bloemfontein [in the league phase], so we understand that they get very excited about attack and they've got some outstanding attacking players," Plumtree said.

"Obviously that's a huge focus for us in terms of going through [to the final]."

Plumtree, however, said they would not compromise on other areas of their game by giving impetus only to defence.

"We want to attack well, we want our set-pieces to function and we need our kicking game," he said.

"So it's just about getting all the areas good and not one area great and others poor."

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske said, while the Sharks were bolstered by the return of seven returning Springboks, his charges were familiar with their own game plan as they had played together the whole season.

Drotske said it would be key not to give momentum to the Sharks' big ball-carrying forwards like Willem Alberts, Bismarck du Plessis and Jean Deysel.

"There are two important things we need to do against the Sharks," he said.

"First of all we don't want to give players like Willem Alberts and Bismarck momentum and we can't give them turnover ball."

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Comments
  • Ryan - 2011-10-21 14:32

    GO PROVINCE!!!

      Lionel - 2011-10-21 14:54

      We back our boys all the way!!!!!!!

  • Douglas - 2011-10-21 14:52

    @ Ryan: To hell with WP!!! " GO LIONS!!!! "

  • Wiets - 2011-10-21 14:59

    let the best team win ......go lions

  • Fuf - 2011-10-21 15:14

    There is no such thing as a "WP onslaught" More like a few brainless idiots running over the field like headless chickens. We all know and agree that WP is very lucky (thanks Mr Ref) to be in the semis. Their group game against the Sharks was a joke, handed to them on a plate by the ref. Anyway, out of their league now, they'll be in there 11th year without a trophy soon.

      Steenbra - 2011-10-21 17:16

      Sour cow supporter

      Fuf - 2011-10-21 21:56

      @Isak Watse taal gebruik is dit jou pateet?? Wanneer laas is jy hard teen die kop gebl!ksem jou aap

      cfmarais1 - 2011-10-22 08:56

      Fuf- gaan speel met jou maatjies, elders. Jy het seker weggebly vd stemlokaal af destyds toe daar nog n HNP party was....

      Jason - 2011-10-22 11:29

      Fuf there is no place for racism in these rugby pages. Do me a favor and remove yourself speedily from our gene pool.

  • Pieter - 2011-10-21 16:07

    Semi-finals time? This is where any team should walk lightly and carry a big gun! It is easy to fall out of the bus if your head is too big and/or you get a disorientated referee - something that happens too often now-a-days! As long as all the teams play good rugby I can live with the results. I'm a Province man, so go, Province!!! Just give us your best and we will worship you!

  • Dawie - 2011-10-21 16:18

    Datum: 22 Oktober 2011 Plek: Menlyn Shopping Centre Dak Parkering Tyd: 12h00 Event: Bulls Familie Saamtrek Doel: Massa verwyder van "Bulls are Champions" plakkers en ander plakkers asook plastiek namaalsels van Bul testis van alle sleepstange Toegang: Ten minste een kaartjie wat bewys jy was regtig in 2011 op Loftus Ander: Jy kan die volgende items saambrink en gratis omruil; - Elke stel Bul testis oorbelle vir n pakkie rennies, - Elke neusring van groter as 30mm in deursnee vir n opblaas haai, - Elke stel Bul Horings wat nie op n hardehoed ge-mount is nie vir n vars snoek, - Elke stel Bul Horings wat wel op n hardehoed ge-mount is vir n toegang kaartjie na die Leeu Park, - Elke Blou Bul onderbroek sonder merke vir n Nasional Kruger Park voorskoot, - Elke Blou Bul vlag vir ses weggooi doeke - Elke Bloubul rugby trui vir twee kaartjies na die semi-final later die middag op die big screen, Vanaf 14h00 sal kaartjies verkoop word op die perseel sodat julle kan toegang kry om die twee sem-final games op die big screen te kyk (jammer opleiding kos geld !!)

      Dawie - 2011-10-21 22:28

      @Bum Fluff - Op soveel berigte as wat ek goeddink hoender - soortgelyk aan jou posts wat almal op dieselfde trant is en op elke WP berig geplaas word. Net een verskil myne dra humor by - iets wat drasties kortkom by jou poepol !!!

      Dawie - 2011-10-21 22:30

      O-ja en merk op jy kon nie die versoeking weerstaan om in my facebook page te gaan rondkrap nie ne platkoppie Bull !!!!!

      Fuf - 2011-10-21 23:27

      @Dawie Ja nee, en kyk jy's nou nie exactly Brad Pitt nie. (En ons weet ook nie Albert Einstein nie) En jy reken jou posts is humorities? Bwa Ha, VIR WIE? Jy bietjie stadig? Glo my daar's nie te veel wat hulle in 'n respiratoriese alkalose in lag vir jou nie.

      Tony - 2011-10-22 06:51

      @Dawie As ek kon sou ek jou comment 50 keer thumbs up gegee het. Kannie onthou wanneer laas ek iemand die flou kalfies soveel stront sien vertel het nie. Great stuff ou maat. Tot ou 1 breinsel Fuf Muf moet al weer gryp na strooihalms om jou te antwoord...ek dink in elk geval hy het van sy stoel afged@nner van die lag toe hy jou comment gelees het. Wel ou Fuf sal maar 'n inbreed bly al sĂȘ hy wat. Al wat saak maak is WP IS 'N D@NNERSE LEKKE LEKKE LEKKE LEKKE LEKKE LEKKE DENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! En Madame Mitchell...jou 3 ballerinas in die backrow gaan saam nie eens genoeg wees om Koning Schalk in toom te hou nie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dawie - 2011-10-22 07:16

      @Tony - Plesier my maat. Ja ou Bum Fluff het nie baie tussen die ore nie. Sy hoof aanval is beledigings en seks met families - moet se ek dink die arme drommel het self n probleem tuis !!!!

      Fuf - 2011-10-22 16:44

      @Dawie en Tony Wel dis nou nie my skuld julle kon helfte van daai post nie verstaan nie. En jy reken ek is dom ou Dawie, hel ek het nou weer lekker gelag. Nie seker of daar 'n woord bestaan wat eers kan begin om die Nigrostriatale degenerasie tuusen jou ore te beskryf nie.

  • Nico - 2011-10-21 17:09

    GO LIONS!! Two more wins and the CC is at the coke tin where it belongs :)

  • Brannas - 2011-10-21 19:35

    Don't worry Lions, It will be like taking candy from kids. Those has been WeePee palookas will be history after this weekend, the story of their life, same old same year after year.

      cfmarais1 - 2011-10-22 09:11

      in jou drome. Julle Bulle is net suurgat oor julle nie eens in die playoffs is nie... haha

  • Chris - 2011-10-21 19:53

    wha WHA

  • david.sportsman - 2011-10-21 22:55

    lol - I love all the mud-throwing on here guys. I do not want to see what all these Blue Bull and Lions supporters are going to come up with on Monday, after the 'has-been' WP kicked their backsides. I would rather lose against a quality WP team, than a 'has-been' group of players. Imagine how you guys will feel then :) 'Has Been WP' 24 - 'So close, but no cigar Lions' 15

      Mark - 2011-10-22 06:49

      @david.sportsman, dont down play your weeeeeeeeeepeeeeeeeeeee team, with all your bokke back you are supposed to win, and you know it! but imagine you dont....you will feel worse than. Lions supporter & proud of it.

  • Fuf - 2011-10-21 23:35

    @Dawie Is jou rerige naam Dawie??? Bwa Ha Ha Hoekom roep jy nie sommer jouself "Resies hoender" nie?

      Dawie - 2011-10-22 06:40

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha - ja hoekom !!! Resies hoender .............????? Yes dis okay - vinnig,rats,slim ,sterk en n kampioen soos ......................... wel nie die Bulls nie !!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha !!!!!!!!!!! Ou fake Cliff/Oukoos/BulvanBulle/Brannas ens ens ens ens ens - jou platkop sindroom bly dieselfde - kan en sal nie verander nie want jy weet nie hoe nie !!!! Hahahahaha

      Fuf - 2011-10-22 07:15

      @Dawie Foeitog, wat het jy nou eintlik gese?

      Dawie - 2011-10-22 07:23

      Jy sien ek het geweet jy sukkel !!!!! Jy sukkel baie meer as wat jy self weet !!! Hahahahahahahahahahaha !!

      Dawie - 2011-10-22 07:29

      Ou Bum Fluf - onthou as jy vandag Menlyn toe gaan - jy moet jou eie ID dokument saamvat - hulle laat nie enige gemors daar toe nie !! Het van die waardige Bulls ondersteuners wat met die reelings daar gaan help verneem hulle kyk uit vir jou !!!!!

      Fuf - 2011-10-22 16:49

      @Dawie Baie dankie weereens vir jou sinvolle insetsels. Kan ek dalk jou materiaal copy en paste op ander blogs. Ek het nog nooit sulke snaakse aanmerkings gesien nie. Ek wil ook graag met my kollegas in Psigiatrie gesels, ek dink hulle sal toustaan om bietjie navorsing op jou te doen.

  • Dawie - 2011-10-22 13:45

    To the 4 teams in the semi-finals - best of luck and may the best teams win - may we then see a final true to SA rugby traditions - hard,true and exceptional !!!!!

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