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Lions have 'plenty of desire'

2011-10-26 14:00

Durban - Shark loose forward Willem Alberts believes his former Lions team will have plenty of desire and determination to clinch Saturday’s Currie Cup final.

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The country’s top two rugby sides square off at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday, with the hosts having last won the competition in 1999, although they were twice losing finalists since.

One of those occasions was in 2002 when they lost to the Blue Bulls and the other, more significantly, was in 2007 when they were beaten by the Cheetahs.

Springbok loose forward Alberts was in his breakthrough season with the Gauteng union that year - although he did not play in the final - while several of the current squad members also featured in the 20-18 loss in Bloemfontein.

"I was there when they had some difficult times and the union was struggling," Alberts said.

"We did make a final in 2007 and got a lot of points against the Cheetahs.

"We lost that day and that mark will obviously still be with some of the players, those who played that day."

Amongst those that were in the match 22 on that day were Cobus Grobbelaar, Franco van der Merwe, JC Janse van Rensburg and Jannie Boshoff.

Alberts, who spent his entire youth career at the Johannesburg franchise before moving to the Sharks at the end of 2009 season, is expecting the Lions to "go out and give it their all".

The 27-year-old warned his team-mates they would have to be at their best from the outset, especially after an indifferent showing during their 20-13 semi-final win over the Cheetahs last Saturday.

"I think in the first half we were waiting for things to happen for us, we made some mistakes and the Cheetahs made it really difficult for us," Alberts said.

"But then when we wanted to play together as a unit and implemented what we trained to do, it then went well.

"So we know what the challenge will be this week and from the first whistle, we’ll need to pull together and play as a team. We’re all looking forward to it."

Coach of the defending champions, John Plumtree, has been rallying his troops for one final "80-minute" performance.

"Over the weekend we didn’t gel right from the start, but we saw a change after half-time," he said.

"What we saw after half-time is going to happen from the first whistle and that’s what’s important."

The Sharks leave Durban on Wednesday to set up base at Sun City, where they will continue their final preparations ahead of the match on Saturday.

"We wanted to get up there as early as possible. We wanted to get acclimatised with the conditions there, train on the Highveld and just get some togetherness as a group."

Plumtree will be bidding to lead the team to a third title in four years.

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 Jacobie Adriaanse/JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Warren Whiteley, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar/Jaco Kriel, 20 Butch James, 21 Dylan des Fountain, 22 James Kamana

Sharks:
TBA

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Comments
  • brian.matthee - 2011-10-26 14:56

    As a very dedicated and loyal Sharks supporter I have to admit that I was extremely worried, disappointed and disgusted with the Sharks level of commitment, fitness, structure and sense of urgency against the Cheetahs. If the same hunger for victory is displayed against the Lions the Sharks will get a hiding second to none. I therefore hope that all Sharks players, those that played for the Boks in the World Cup and those that played extremely well during the entire season leading up to the semi's, turn up with a winning mindset. The match will be tough, demanding, played at altitude in front of a full house. The Lions have worked hard all year and will be a difficult side to beat on Ellispark unless the Sharks play their normal champagne rugby. The Sharks are a well structured defensive team that can also attack with brilliant finshing. I am looking forward to this game with anticipation. I also sincerely hope that our South African Ref will show his quality during the game and keep his wits about him. GO SHARKS!! Take the Currie Cup back down to Durban where it belongs.

  • Pieter - 2011-10-26 15:10

    Ek is tog net so bly om WEEREENS nie die ou WP spannetjie die koppie te sien wen nie. Man, 'n WP verloor is amper lekkerder as 'n Bulls wen. (en altwee gebeur baie gereeld)

      Koos - 2011-10-26 15:29

      Net nie dat oukoos dit hoor nie, dit gaan so sleg met sy wp span die laaste 10jaar (of is dit die laatse 22jaar) dat hy n orgasme kry as die Bulle 1 game teen Griekwas verloor.

      Oukoos - 2011-10-26 15:56

      @Pieter terwyl jy jouselgf so herhaal, sal ek maar dieselfde doen. Die lekkerste lekker van die rugbyjaar was toe die Griekwa spannetjie die MAGTIGE BLOU BULLE (met NEGE Springbokke en al) tot in die grond toe verneder het. Die een oomblik het die Blou Bul ondersteuners nog vertel hoe hulle vanuit die 4de plek die Curriebeker gaan opeis en die volgende oomblik huil hul snot en trane. Koos, dit gaan nie oor die 1 verloor nie - dit gaan oor die wedstryd wat die Bulle moes gewen het om die uitspeelwedstryde te haal - maar met nege Springbokke en al deur die gat getrek het - Arme Arme Vlou Nulle

      Koos - 2011-10-26 16:18

      @Oukoos , vir jare al spog julle dat wp die beste spelers het, en met al julle groot name en Bokke kon jul die laaste 10jaar geen bekers wen nie , nie eens n Vodacom cup nie. Vee eers die eiers van jou gesig af voor jy weer praat! Net soos jk kan jy net "Copy en paste" . Prooooooooooooblems

      Pieter - 2011-10-26 16:18

      @Pieter van Niekerk Jy raak nou bitter vervelig, soos voorheen genoem het ek jou as 'n 9 jarige gepicture. Ek's klaar respond op jou breinlose, eenogige kommentaar. Baie sterkte vir volgende jaar, julle sit steeds met Habana, koop vir Ghost wat nie meer useless kan wees nie, Springbokke wat bitter naby aan aftree is. Die Bulle se o-19 en o-21 spanne in die final, baie briljante nuwe bloed, Heineke Meyer etc. Ma nou ja, jy sal seker steeds aangaan oor die Griekwas verloor, dis baie erger as 10 jaar sonder ENIGE bekers mos

      Koos - 2011-10-26 16:31

      @ Pieter, jy beledig nou 9 jariges

      Oukoos - 2011-10-26 20:17

      @Koos en @Pieter Die benchmark van SA rugby is nou die grapkas. Ja ons (WP) het steeds nie die Curriebeker nie, maar ek kan daarmee saamleef. Die vraag is: Kan julle daarmee saamleef dat die eens trotse Bloubulspan nou 'n Vlounul span is? Die verdere vraag is: Kan julle daarmee saamleef dat Bloubulrugby se gloriejare aan 'n einde gekom het? Dus, wees beledigend soos julle wil, maar ek kry julle twee stoere Bloubulondersteuners regtig jammer - en sal voortgaan om julle oor die volgende 10 jaar jammer te kry

      Pieter - 2011-10-26 22:34

      @Koos Ignoreer asb net vir Pieter v Niekerk. Hy weet nie wat om te se nie, nou bubble hy 'n klomp snot om aandag te trek of te irriteer. Dat 'n volwasse man homself moet vermaak met sulke twak. Duidelik nie Namakwaland se Neurochirurg nie. En ek kan jou 'n paar ander stories vertel waarmee Pieter v Niekerk in Namawkaland mee besig is!

      Pieter - 2011-10-26 23:41

      Manne, nou is julle darem regtig rugby-bankrot en uit op julle bene! Nie een van ons spanne figureer in die eindstryd nie omdat ons te vrot rugby gespeel het! Nou staan en brêk julle teen mekaar oor wie se span minder vrot is! Kom ons plaas dit in 'n blik tot volgende jaar en konsentreer op die regte lewe: Lions teen Sharks! Wie sê julle gaan wen?

  • Johann - 2011-10-26 16:11

    Getting this close showed that they have the team, the determination and the desire to do it this time. It will be tough though, even at home with a full house of supporters. Sharks will however have equal support for there are a lot of them in Gauteng. Hope the Lions pull it off, says this Cheetah fan. @brian.matthee, I wish all franchise supporters will comment here like U do, talking rugby and none of that mudd-slinging crap one normally sees here.

  • Pieter - 2011-10-26 23:27

    Lions, kom uit en speel vir 80 minute lank rugby soos julle tot nou toe gespeel het en dan staan julle 'n goeie kans! Die Sharks is 'n gevaarlike span as hulle die dag op alle silinders vuur, maar dit gebeur - gelukkig vir julle - nie elke Saterdag nie. My beste wense aan julle en die Sharks. Hoop albei spanne speel kookwater rugby en vergas ons op iets spesiaal! Julle is beslis die beste twee spanne op die oomblik in die land. Mag die beste span wen!

  • Christie - 2011-10-27 09:30

    Al weer die einde van die maand.....Tyd om weer "Salaris" te vat. Kom ons som dit saam op. Die uieskilsalaris: As jy daaraan vat begin jy huil. Die Dieëtsalaris: Laat jou elke keer minder eet. Die Ateïs-salaris: Jy begin ernstig twyfel oor sy bestaan. Die Kulkuns-salaris: Kul jou hier en kul jou daar en siedaar, hy's weg Die Donderstormsalaris: Jy weet nie wanneer dit gaan kom nie en hoe lank dit gaan hou nie. Die Galgehumorsalaris: Jy lag histeries om te verhoed dat jy huil. Die Konserwatiewe salaris: Ontneem jou van enige inspirasie. Die Impotente salaris: Laat jou in die steek wanneer jy dit die nodigste het. Die Maandstonde salaris: Kom eenkeer 'n maand en hou vir so drie dae. Die Arktiese salaris: Is al vir 30 jaar lank gevries. Die Vrystaat salaris: Gee jou eenkeer elke 26 jaar rede om te glimlag. Die Bloubulsalaris: Jy was so seker dat dit goed sou wees maar toe stel hy jou terleur. Die WP-salaris: Pateties maar jy troos jouself dat jy ten minste by 'n lekker plek werk. Die Springboksalaris: 'n Ligpuntjie hier en daar maar oor die algemeen terleurstellend. Die Bloumoewie-salaris: Daar was 'n tyd toe jy opgewonde geraak het daaroor maar nou het jy belangstelling verloor. Die Tsoenami-salaris: 'n Allemintige hoë salaris maar jy versuip in die gemors wat jy moet verduur om hom te kry. WP jou lekka deng. Wen hulle LEEUS.

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