Butch hungry for Cup success

2011-10-14 07:13

Cape Town - Springbok back Butch James is hungry for Currie Cup success with the Golden Lions after South Africa failed in their bid to successfully defend the Webb Ellis Cup.

The Boks lost 11-9 to Australia in the quarter-finals on Sunday and James admits he's had some sleepless night over the narrow loss. Despite having 75% of possession, the South Africans somehow managed to end up on the wrong side on the scoreboard.

"I have probably never been so shattered after a match. The closest feeling to that was 2007's Super 14 final," James told the Beeld newspaper, referring to the final when the then Bulls wing Bryan Habana snatched a late try to break the Sharks' hearts in Durban.

"I'm not sleeping well and wakes up every hour thinking about what could have gone right for us.

"I think our game against Australia was the best in the tournament, but we didn't use our chances.

"We did everything we could, apart from getting points," said James.

James has been included on the Lions' bench for their Currie Cup clash against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday. And the flyhalf is eager to help the union win their first Currie Cup title since 1999.

"I have never won the Currie Cup, even though I've been in many finals. Thus, I have a lot of determination and hopefully I could be part of it.

"The guys are playing well, so it will be tough for me to get into the starting team. But I'm hungry to play, because since the Super Rugby tournament I've only played about 100 minutes of rugby."


15 Pat Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Marius Joubert, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Conrad Hoffmann, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Jean Deysel, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Eugene van Staden.

Substitutes: Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Willem Alberts, Jacques Botes, Ross Cronje, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, JP Pietersen.

Golden Lions:

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Dylan des Fountain, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 James Kamana, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (captain), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Patric Cilliers, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Elton Jantjies, 21 Butch James, 22 Michael Killian


  • Raeez - 2011-10-14 07:43

    Shame, Bismarck comes from the World Cup where he sat on the bench just to warm the bench at the Sharks again.hahahahaha. C'mon Lions!!!!!!!!!

      Christo - 2011-10-14 12:35

      Dont worry......I will put my left ...(shoe...) on a block, that he will get quite some playtime.....!!!

  • James - 2011-10-14 08:06

    Butchie can feel hard done by. He never even got the chance to shine at the world cup. Instead we went with Morne "free to run through my channel" Steyn. Conservative SA coaches always select a kicker against an attacker (although Butchie has an 80% kicking rate). Ok rant over...

  • Nicholas - 2011-10-14 08:31

    What a Load of BS.Boks should be left out of the current CC. it is unfair for the player who have worked so hard the whole season just to be booted for the Boks come semi-finals finals. As a lions supporter i think it is even more kuk seeing as the Lions have had a kick ass season with best stats only to have to play the Boks 1/2 the bok squad come the finals.

      Kosie - 2011-10-14 12:21

      mate it is not our fault that the lions don't have any springboks to boost there team

  • Nico - 2011-10-14 08:44

    With the boks back in the sharks team, LIONS will prob only win by about 15 points :) Welcome back to the Lions Butch :) Will be good to see you in a Lions jersey again, the only jersey that matters!!

  • Barry - 2011-10-14 08:51

    fact - Butch Jmes is over the hill !!!!

      Taetjo - 2011-10-14 09:16

      He was never at the top of the hill.

  • Dawie - 2011-10-15 13:55

    From the above article there is one positive - Butch confirmed he will still be paying rugby in CC next year !!!

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