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Lions romp to Currie Cup title

2011-10-29 19:16

Johannesburg - The Lions' pride weighed heavier than the Sharks' reputation as the hosts lifted the Currie Cup for the first time in 12 years with a 42-16 victory at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Gallery: Lions win the Currie Cup

Putting their bodies on the line, the Lions won the final at home for the first time since 1950.

The visitors enjoyed the majority of territory and possession but the heroics from the home side on defence made the ultimate difference.

The Lions made the most of the few chances they created.

The trusted boot of 21-year-old flyhalf Elton Jantjies, the Man of the Match, kept the scoreboard ticking over as he succeeded with all the kicks that were entrusted to him.

Jantjies opened the scoring in the third minute of the match with a penalty conversion, while fullback Jaco Taute converted their second penalty goal with a long-range 58-metre kick soon after.

The visitors finally got onto the scoresheet thanks to a Frederic Michalak penalty, but Jantjies slotted another three minutes later as the Lions held on to an early six-point advantage.

While the hosts led, however, the Sharks were dominating proceedings, particularly in the battle of the forwards.
The Sharks pack tirelessly attacked the Lions line in the first quarter of the match.

Their efforts proved fruitless, though, as the hosts overturned the possession and got themselves in a position in which they were awarded a penalty, with Jantjies converting effortlessly.

The game went up a gear in the 26th minute when the Lions finally breached the Sharks' defence.

Receiving a scrum on the halfway line, the home side spread to the left where Doppies la Grange found a gap in the Sharks backline.

He then offloaded to Michael Killian who scored, with Jantjies converting, stretching the gap to 19-3.

Two minutes later the Sharks pulled three points back with a Michalak penalty.

The Lions were dealt a blow in the dying stages of the first half when prop CJ van der Linde was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle.

His absence, however, did little to slow the Lions' march to victory as the Sharks failed to capitalise on the advantage.

The visitors scored the first points of the second period when Michalak succeeded with a penalty conversion two minutes after the restart.

Jantjies, however, continued his mature performance with a cheeky drop goal off his left boot to take the scores to 22-9.

Referee Mark Lawrence caused some controversy when he allowed a Willem Alberts try which was clearly knocked on.

After some squabbles with the Lions players, Lawrence reverted to assistant referee Christie du Preez who said the ball came off a Lions player's hand.

With Michalak converting, there were only six points separating the two sides with 30 minutes left in the match.

This, however, did not dampen the Lions' spirits as they came back with determination, scoring two more tries to take the game out of the Sharks' hands.

Prop Pat Cilliers dotted down, while Taute hammered in the final nail, darting over for the third and final try of the match with 12 minutes left.

Scorers:

Lions - Tries: Michael Killian, Patric Cilliers, Jaco Taute. Conversions: Elton Jantjies(3). Penalties: Jantjies (5), Jaco Taute. Drop goal: Jantjies.

Sharks - Try: Willem Alberts. Conversion:Frederic Michalak. Penalties: Michalak (3).

Teams:

Golden Lions:
15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 CJ Van der Linde

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Warren Whiteley, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Butch James, 21 Dylan des Fountain, 22 James Kamana

Sharks:
15. Patrick Lambie, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Marius Joubert, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Keegan Daniel (captain), 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Jean Deysel, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Alistair Hargreaves, 19. Marcell Coetzee, 20. Ross Cronje, 21. Adrian Jacobs, 22. Lwazi Mvovo
 

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Comments
  • Lara - 2011-10-29 19:19

    Well done, Lions. As a Bulls supporter I commend your guts and determination. You deserve this one. Good news for SA rugby. Lots of talent coming through.

      Martin - 2011-10-29 19:26

      Well, well now the Kiwi's has won the world cup and the Currie cup! Wasnt that pretty!! Well done Lions, you deserved that! I loved the look on Plumtree's face with the rest of the dumbfounded Sharks supporters! Main problem with the Sharks today was their old men in Stefan Terblanche and Marius Joubert. 10 to 1 the Sharks will now go into crisis management mode and buy 10 Lions & 5 Cheetahs & another French player!

      Lara - 2011-10-29 19:30

      Martin, sounds like a whole game farm they will be buying.

      Dave - 2011-10-29 21:37

      Now now Gungets..... buying Sharks players who were not in the team.... or not first choice

      Martin - 2011-10-30 00:49

      Gungets, dont be such a hypocrite mate! Half the Sharks success since the 90's was build on the poor Cheetahs misfortune losing players to you guys!

      Gestoffle - 2011-10-30 01:04

      Well done lions, you deserved the win. I hope that you still make the semis next year.....history says you wont :P

      Pierre - 2011-10-30 07:04

      Well speaking of buying, it seems its the case of the pot calling the kettle black; what about the coaches both sides? But its not a criticism, having NZ coaches ; I don't think everything turns to gold they touch, but one can always learn from others, or at least exchange ideas. Yes good Lions, it is good to see that the smaller teams in the Currie cup can take advantage of a world cup year when the other teams are disrupted with the Springboks. On this point I actually hoped Griquas would do better. But my big hope for the Lions is to do better in the Super 15 next year. NZ rugby might go through a bit of "weakness" after the WC success (its normal), and it seems SA teams are in good shape to take advantage of that.

      Gungets - 2011-10-30 07:50

      Jantjies, Killian, Rhodes, Maku, Whitely, Straus, Cilliers, James?. I have no quibble with buying players, Martin does. 3/4 of the Lions were not born or schooled in Gauteng. That is the point. ---> Very well done to the Lions. They are an example of team spirit and play, it does not matter where they come from. Martin should spend more time celebrating that and less time criticising the opposition. That's all.

      Gungets - 2011-10-30 08:45

      1. First off, I don't even agree with the Currie Cup final play-off. I seriously think that the league system should apply. The team that finishes first should be the Champions. Simple. The Lions were the best team this year, lead the tables from day 1. It would have been a grave injustice if they had lost to the Sharks or Province.------> 2. MArtin - please bud, lets not get into the hypocrit argument. Just quietly go an count the number of home grown players in your Lions team. There is no reply necessary here - I don't care if every single player was from another province. It is a professional game and we are all better for that. We see better rugby. It might just be that the Bulls have the three best players at Hooker, and the country never gets to see the 2 second best because they are not allowed to move?? That is nutcase. ----> 3. The Springboks are always stronger when 2 or 3 teams dominate domestically. Look at history. When the Bulls and WP dominate, then the Boks dominate. 2007 there were 2 strong unions. Right now, when the Boks are weakish, there are 4 strong unions. The Bok players do not play together week after week, so building the Boks is much more difficult. NZ and Aus were strong because 1 or 2 teams dominated there domestically. ---> 4. The Lions were great value this year, just be happy and stop worrying about the other teams. Take the victory, use it wisely to build the Lions into an even stronger force, it's the right thing to do!!!

      Kevin - 2011-10-30 09:18

      Who are the Bulls. Heard of them ,but do not really remember them.Is that not the team that beat the Leopards?

      Pieter - 2011-10-31 12:07

      They won thanks to the ref and the linesman

  • henco.swart - 2011-10-29 19:20

    Congrats, Lions!!!

  • CapeChappy - 2011-10-29 19:21

    I would like to apologise to the Lions and fans. I was one of the detractors saying they had only done well because the other sides were missing their Springboks, but you proved tonight you are worthy chanmpions. Congratulations and well done to John Mitchell and the staff for turning things around. South African rugby needs a strong Lions side.

  • Shoosh - 2011-10-29 19:21

    Sample of the arrogant comments from Twitter, guess he didn't see the final result coming. Congrats LIONS good win. Just_Sharks JUST SHARKS RUGBY There was a player named Strauss Who grew a beard 2 attract a spouse 1 nite in the dark He swam w/ a shark & made his voice sound lk a mouse Just_Sharks JUST SHARKS RUGBY A lion can run at a top speed of 36 miles an hour whereas a shark's top speed is 43 mph. Close but the Sharks just take it Just_Sharks JUST SHARKS RUGBY The jaws of bigger sharks are about twice as powerful as the jaws of a lion Just_Sharks JUST SHARKS RUGBY Lions remain inactive for up to 20 hours a day, Sharks seldom stop moving Just_Sharks JUST SHARKS RUGBY A male lion marks their territory by spraying a mixture glandular secretions, Sharks don't as all the territory is theirs Just_Sharks JUST SHARKS RUGBY The Lions fans pre-match posturing to The Sharks is like a sparrow trying to intimidate a chainsaw Just_Sharks JUST SHARKS RUGBY Ok 30 mins to go. Sharks v Lions what kind of score line can we expect? Just_Sharks JUST SHARKS RUGBY There are 3 types of Oxo cubes: brown for chicken stock, black for beef stock & red for laughing stock Just_Sharks JUST SHARKS RUGBY Sharks take the field and immediately look like champions

      Heinrich - 2011-10-30 08:02

      The joke is on the Lions. The Currie cup they won from the Sharks turned out to be a bunny chow. Well done Lions. Enjoyed the game.

  • Coenie - 2011-10-29 19:22

    Wonderful! More competition for the years to come for the "bigger" teams!

  • Martin - 2011-10-29 19:25

    Well, well now the Kiwi's has won the world cup and the Currie cup! Wasnt that pretty!! Well done Lions, you deserved that! I loved the look on Plumtree's face with the rest of the dumbfounded Sharks supporters! Main problem with the Sharks today was their old men in Stefan Terblanche and Marius Joubert. 10 to 1 the Sharks will now go into crisis management mode and buy 10 Lions & 5 Cheetahs & another French player!

      Shoosh - 2011-10-29 20:22

      @Martin agree 100% with your comments, do you think the Sharks should have kept Smit in SA to play in the final & Bismark stayed on the bench they would have fared any better, after all Smit is the best leader/ motivator in SA rugby history? Perhaps a Sharkie can answer this.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2011-10-30 12:37

      Methinks it's simply a case of the players not spending enough time getting to gel as a team like the Lions did, plus all the boks being off form and demotivated by what happened in NZ. Either ways, the Lions played well and deserved the victory. The Sharks played poorly with the odd exception and did not deserve it.

      Pierre - 2011-10-31 10:03

      At least Plumtree finally showed how overrated a good captain with leadership qualities is in a high profile game. All one needs is individual players that just charge into the opposition, trying to increase their personal running meter statistics. He must be quite delighted after the scorn from the rugby public when sidelining Smit for most of the Super rugby deliberately against the wishes of the Springbok management. Yeah right, all I can say is 4 more years for PDiv.

  • Maarten - 2011-10-29 19:29

    Take a bow Mr. Mitchell, you and your young Lions. What a performance! Maybee if the Sharks had picked fewer of the Blesbokke. They might have done better. Well done Lions.

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-29 19:31

    Ouch, i am absolutely heartbroken for my beloved Sharks...will be watching the rebroadcast of the game just now...on the bright side, we have many possibilities for the new Springbok coach to have a look at-refer to Jaco Taute's 58 metre penalty. A few words for my beloved Sharks...will be seeing you in the S15 next year...fans,keep ur heads high-we had an absolutely tension-filled match to enjoy. Something the Sharks always bring to the table. Thank you for the journey we could share with you during this Currie Cup...you are my team forever. Okay, now to go check the telly...Sharks 4 ever!

      Wayne - 2011-10-30 09:22

      Yeah feel the same agree with you totally, however must say well done to the Lions (incl the coaching team) as each and every player played like there was no tomorrow, it's been 12 years when they last won it and 51 years when they last won at home so hat's off to them and to the health of this wonderful game S.A. RUGBY

  • rossallenronnie - 2011-10-29 19:35

    NOW PLEASE BULLS;SHARKS AND WP PLEASE LEAVE OUR PLAYERS ALONE IF YOU NOT SCARED OF COMPETITION AND TO THE NEW SPRINBOK COACH YOU WANT GOOD HUNGRY PLAYERS LOOK NO FUTHER LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

      Gungets - 2011-10-29 20:54

      Ronnie - you live in the powerhouse of SA business. Get some decent sponsors together, make the Lions Union more professional, pay the players, get the crowds back to Ellis Park, then they will not want to leave. The Sharks, Bulls and Stormers don't kidnap players. They make them an offer, they accept, they leave. Rugby is a business, not a skop and donner that a few manne play on a Saturday.

  • Brannas - 2011-10-29 19:36

    Well done Lions, Well done John Mitchell, You guys deserved it. The WeePee and Sharks brought their springboks and took a step backwards, no wonder they lost the WC

      Steenbra - 2011-10-29 20:51

      I think you an obsessive character... an obsessive brannas and coke drinker.. praat net nonsense

      Van - 2011-10-30 06:57

      First time that 15 players beat 17 players.

      Hangklip - 2011-10-31 08:41

      Brannas : Yep , at least the Great WP was in a semi , the idiots from the bulls can't even get one !!!!

      Cliff - 2011-11-01 07:26

      Brannas : Ja Ja Ja , Fool

  • pam.benink - 2011-10-29 19:42

    Well done, Lions!

  • Zion - 2011-10-29 19:44

    I hada vision, yes, that is what I hadand it is nannies. A figure was lurking around the team change houses during the break. He was carrying two bulging ABSA cash bags. The figure went into the team change houses in turn and when he came out one of the cash bags was empty. he then went into the referee's change house and when he emerged both bags were empty. I noticed he had a blue eye with BB written on it. I have long mulled over the vision and the hypotheses are as follows. Thye figure had an unknown logo on his shirt BL. A nice guy really. He paid the lions to win and the Sharks to loose. Further he paid the ref to look the other way, always and thereby maintain the spirit and integrity of the IRB Here is proof of my vision: In a sub vision I saw the same figure enter and leave the WP change house and he bribed, sorry paid them to loose and throw the game and it was done accordingly. That is why the more bokke a team has the weaker that team.15 plus reserves gets you home after the QF. and so it came to pass. In a more sober note, if I may, it is really amazing what a team can do without Bokke in their midst. One would expect the bokke to strengthen the team but they have a negative effect on that team and we saw it twice dramatically. I believe the answer lies in the pre-game training: DIV was training them to react in a particular way while the home team could not undermine the training by DIV. In a sense an international player is more robot than player.

      Maarten - 2011-10-29 20:03

      Lay off the sauce boet. You might make a lot more sense.

  • Pierre - 2011-10-29 19:48

    WHoooooooooooooooo , I can"t beleave it, 2 years of waiting, WHOOOO

      Pierre - 2011-10-30 03:16

      I think you dropped a 1 there. (But I like your name, so who's counting.)

  • Lodewyk - 2011-10-29 19:50

    So Mitchel caught the Sharks with their own tricks. (1990). Loose two weeks prior to a possible final with a huge margin to make the other team over confident. Kry vir julle Sharkies.

  • Johann - 2011-10-29 20:01

    Have not read the article or comments, this is my view ...............a few eye openers for SA Rugby/SARFU and the next?? Bok coach. A few Lions have put up their hands high.

  • Shawn - 2011-10-29 20:08

    Well done Lions... you deserve this. this was all heart...

  • GregandShaz - 2011-10-29 20:09

    As a total Sharks supporter I say way to go lions...u deserve this victory. U out played us in all areas of the game and u wanted it more. Well done guys

      rossallenronnie - 2011-10-29 20:31

      now im proud GregandShaz you a true supporter if there were more like you this comments will be a beter place my hat go of to you

  • Anca - 2011-10-29 20:10

    Well done Lions. WELL DONE MR MITCHELL. Now that was a great final. The Springboks (this time dressed in black without John Smit) was unable to beat a brilliant young team. If the they can not win a Currie Cup, how in the world did anyone expect them to win a World Cup??

      Shoosh - 2011-10-29 20:25

      Anca - They should have kept Smit to play as well.

  • Dianne - 2011-10-29 20:10

    As sad as I am that Sharks didn't win, it was a fantastic game for the Lions and wonderfuly for SA rugby. Josh Strauss for Bok captain:)

  • Vickers - 2011-10-29 20:12

    What a great game!!!! All the doomsday prophets with their stories about the boks that will make a big difference fell flat on their faces. YEA LIONS!!!! Pity about the facebook thing, I miss a few of the old characters. WPBLIKSEM is jy nog hier? Man that was LOVELY.

  • duettists - 2011-10-29 20:20

    A great game - far more exciting than many of the World Cup matches! I'm delighted that the Lions won and that Elton Jantjies was man of the match.

  • Chris - 2011-10-29 20:20

    If this is what John Mitchell can do with Lions imagine with springboks

  • Mac - 2011-10-29 20:25

    Winning is a culture, the Shark's Boks were waiting for the GL to die on them. The same approach as with WC. Lambie was good so were Peterson and Alberts ..the Ref made some stupid mistake(?), yellow card and forward pass/knock on, obvioulys the 'right' thing to do. Hopefully we are entering a new phase in SA rugby where merits play a roll?

  • Christo - 2011-10-29 20:42

    Oh please, two Lucky tries, now they are unbeatable , wussies , well done Lions , scored when it counted. Maybe an excuse for my team is Jetlag! Yeah! Jetlag! (and False teeth)

      Terence.Craig.Berry - 2011-10-31 08:20

      Please enlighten me as to what you would descibe as "two Lucky tries"???

      uwe.klopfer - 2011-10-31 11:27

      And while you are explaining the two lucky tries (at least not one of them was a knock on) where did you get unbeatable from ?

  • Pieter - 2011-10-29 20:42

    So the Sharks did not pitch up for the game - once again blowing cold but this time not pulling it off with some luck! This is a good result for SA rugby because it showed that the game is not about Springboks on the field but about fifteen rather ordinary guys playing their hearts out for each other. Congratulations, Lions! This Province supporter salutes you all; you deserve this cup for the next year. South African rugby became stronger today.

      Kevin - 2011-10-29 20:49

      Nothing ordinary about Jantjies, Killian, Bondesio and Cilliers exceptional maybe. The other 11 players were also better than ordinary. Unknown maybe but ordinary no!

      Pieter - 2011-10-29 21:07

      Kevin, that is the sense in which I used ordinary: unknown, unloved by the Springbok selectors, thought by many to be not up to the same standard as the Bokke, definitely not crowned Springboks; but out to show the world they are wrong and that they can rock the boat. Perhaps I should have put that word in inverted commas; perhaps my choice of word was unfortunate. I did not mean to degrade, rahter to honour.

      Pieter - 2011-10-29 21:50

      @Kevin Please don't respond to this joker Pieter idiot on here. He's looking for attention and writes the biggest amount of crap ever! Hy se sy pappa het hom nie so mooi geleer nie

      Pieter - 2011-10-30 17:20

      Pieter (the joker without a face) we will not respond to you at your request.

  • Jacobus - 2011-10-29 20:48

    Skitterend Lions!! Julle verdien dit met volgehoue goeie rugby. Doen so voort!!

  • Spartan - 2011-10-29 20:55

    Well Done Lions!

  • ryno.tiana - 2011-10-29 21:01

    LIONS!!!!!!!!!!! We deserve every bit of it!!!! Well played boys!!!!

  • Nico - 2011-10-29 21:22

    Awesome game LIONS! Thought it would be closer, but you prove me wrong! The cup is back where it belongs :)

  • david.sportsman - 2011-10-29 21:43

    Well done Lions - Shows what a great coach can achieve with a group of players that are talented and who wants to play!! You deserve the victory...!

  • gerhard.germishuys - 2011-10-29 21:58

    Well done Lions. Just got back from the park......................What a shocking performance by the sharks. During warm up you could see the shark was not in it … two minutes something a penalty in front of our own post. Nice one boys, Out on the full from the kick off. The Lions just wanted it more. Natal Rugby should rethink their entire structure At least the fans showed up.

  • Paul - 2011-10-29 22:11

    Like I said yesterday: Lions by plenty. Hats off to Keegan Daniels for the way he graciously accepted defeat after the game. Apart from JP striking Bondesio in the face on the final whistle, the game was played in a great spirit.

  • Brendan - 2011-10-29 22:26

    Well done Lions u deserve it . Four years in the making . Perhaps this is the time for our new heroes in the Springbok side .Coaches can now look at people that really are comitted and want to win .We have never lost our hunger in S.A but poor selection has put us back . What an eye opener we need more X factor we have been selecting poor for how long . Give the boys a chance that deserve it . Having said that dont get rid of our SA boys that were robbed of a semi chance .But intergrate and bring new blood black or white on merrit . I dont see colour when I watch rugby I look at performance . I played for 30 years with all the guys but there are passengers in the SA side that dont belong there.(Chilly boy ) paid for doing nothing . We have better hookers . Zane is by far and has never been the best we got.Ngane brothers well there stas say it . Mvovo has proved a better finisher in the fact of more tries than both put together over a long span of time .I asked Rob {Flekkie ) one nightwhat he thought of the Ngane bros he said they are good and fast I was surprised . But you get fast and you get the X factor Gio has it , Jean has it , Jaque has it . Lets wake up we threw a good backup away like Peter Grant . Imagine playing your heart out and never getting the chance even though you topped Super Rugby ? I say wake up coachesand pick on MERRIT . - STOMERS SUPPORTER

  • Du - 2011-10-29 22:55

    Geluk aan die Leeus ala Tranvaal asook die afrigter(s) - al die jare se ondersteunig is nie tevergeefs nie. Julle het die Haaie verneder. Bou daarop voort.

  • John - 2011-10-29 23:06

    Well done Lions! You were a breath of fresh air A bunch of new faces and an inspiring rise from perennial whipping boys to top dogs has rejuvenated a tired old tournament. I can't wait for 2012 super rugby competition to see you wipe the patronizing sneers off a lot of Australasian faces. Thanks! You have given me a lot of pleasure.

  • Paul - 2011-10-29 23:14

    YAY, LIONS FOREVER. WELL DONE Joshua Strauss and team, another VERY happy chapter to add to our 120 year history, SORRY Sharks, maybe you will win in Durban if you host us in the future!!!!

  • Dawie - 2011-10-29 23:15

    Excellent excellent rugby- well done Lions daar is geen span in die land wat julle vandag sou kon troef nie - Julle verdien daai beker deur en deur ! Jong en ou manne gemeng in n familie wat saamstaan en veg vir dit wat hulle wil he - en dan vat hulle dit wanneer en waar hulle wil - I salute you !!!!!!! Griekwas en WP supporter !!!!!

  • Cliff - 2011-10-30 05:35

    Well at least my team was beaten by the currie cup champs - WELL DONE LIONS & JOHN MITCHELL YOU DESERVED THE WIN !!!!

      Pieter - 2011-10-30 16:16

      @Cliffie skaapsteker Bradley Your team has been beaten by all the other teams basically. WP= JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

      Pieter - 2011-10-30 17:28

      Cliff, Pieter (the joker without a face) has asked us not to respond to him - see above. He says he is just looking for attention and writing a lot of crap … which he is, So respect the guy and do not respond!

  • Ockie - 2011-10-30 06:28

    Well done Lions. What a team performance. I thought it would be closer, but you guys played an amazing match and are true champions.

  • Zion - 2011-10-30 06:52

    We seem to have a curious contradiction in SA rugby: While the Bokke are seen as world class, well anyway until, recently they fail to beat a basically weaker side. Maybe there are analysts who can solve the mystery because what it infers is next world cup we send the Lions team to do the winning. Or is it just a case of our bokke have run their historic run and are now over the wall and the All Blacks will rule the roost for a long time to come.

      Ockie - 2011-10-30 07:01

      The Sharks Sprinboks played well and showed their class, but the Lions played well as a team and therefore beat them. The AB will always have a very good side, but so will SA. Let's not get carried away.

  • Benmica - 2011-10-30 08:21

    Congratulations to the Lions.... Last game they played the young ones from the Bulls won them....

  • Peet - 2011-10-30 09:32

    From a Bulls supporter - WELL DONE LIONS!!! If only the Bulls players had 50% of your commitment... And let us not forget - well done to the Sharks as well for reaching the finals. You might have been second best yesterday, but you were still better than the rest.

  • Eric - 2011-10-30 11:19

    Hansie is still alive..................... even in rugby!

  • Eric - 2011-10-30 11:22

    Hansie is alive and well..........even in rugby!

  • goldwright - 2011-10-30 20:32

    As a die hard Sharks supporter, I had a feeling before the match that we not see our team win. A win at home after 61 years is nothing to be scoffed at, and I think the Lions team had more hunger - the Sharks had a front row that had just returned from NZ, unable to defend their 2007 world cup win, and they just didn't have that currie cup win in them either. Well done to the Lions, and quite amazing to see that stadium, covered by red Lions supporters.

  • theunsvw - 2011-10-31 07:07

    The lions roared by their supporters adored and their pride safely restored...!

  • Leon - 2011-10-31 07:57

    Ons is ongelooflik trots op julle Leeus! Baie dankie aan Sir John Mitchel. Julle het nuwe hoop in ons geplaas en sien uit na die super 15!

  • Hannetjie - 2011-10-31 09:57

    The Lions played brilliantly and were deserved winners of the Currie Cup!!!! Well done with an exceptional team effort and also congratulations to the Coaching team. As Lions supporters we hope that some of the lions players will now also get a shot at higher levels.

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