D-Day for Lions' Doppies

2011-10-27 10:10

Cape Town – Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup final between the Golden Lions and Sharks will be played in front of a packed Coca-Cola Park stadium, something of a rarity in recent years.

A rarity so much so, that hardly any of the Lions squad have had the privilege of playing in front of a full house of local support. The biggest reason for this, could be that the Lions have not managed to win the tournament since 1999 and last hosted the final in 2002.

One player who was at the stadium that day is Lions stalwart, Doppies la Grange.

La Grange has been the mainstay in the Lions backline for the better part of eight years and it will have the chance to be a part of history in this season’s Currie Cup final, after the Lions narrowly missed out on the title in 2007, losing 20-18against the Cheetahs.

“I actually played that day (in 2002), but as a member of the Lions under-21 team. We were also in the final.

“Extra-time was needed in our match, that is why we also experienced a bit of the (the atmosphere) big crowd,” La Grange told Thursday’s Die Burger.

“I am looking forward to it. If I think about when we play in front of 35 000 people, then we will probably need earphones to call the instructions on the field on Saturday (where 59 000 people are expected).”

La Grange attributes this seasons amazing form in the Currie Cup to the work they did in last year’s tournament, which strangely enough did not translate into any sort of Super Rugby form as they finished second from bottom.

“There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears. But I think that we are all looking forward to it. We want to do it for all the supporters who have stuck with us through all the years and we want to give something back to them."


  • Koos - 2011-10-27 10:23

    Go Lions ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • niel.vanantwerpen - 2011-10-27 10:35

    Good luck to the Lions -the planets will realign next year go Bulls!!!!

  • Nico - 2011-10-27 11:36

    Doppies is one of the best midfielders at this stage, and with the amount of ball he steals he is an extra loose forward as well :) Will be an awesome atmosphere at the park this weekend to see the LIONS bring back the Currie Cup to where it belongs :)

  • Neille - 2011-10-27 11:52

    the lions' performance against us last week was fantastic. these young guys ( and some older ones, i may add ) showed WP with all their BOKKE in that if you are committed and determent and play for each other , then you can beat any team ! For every lions fan that has had to endure all the jokes and critisism over the years , i say : enjoy it saturday , and scream your lungs out for your team ! they deserve it !!!!!

  • Ron - 2011-10-27 12:08

    SHARKS 42 ---- lions 16

  • Ockie - 2011-10-27 15:31

    The teams are more closely matched than some supporters wants to know and it is a final. In a final it is more the performance of a team than individuals that count. It will be close therefore, but may the Lions win. They deserve it and I can think of no other player that deserve it more than Doppies.

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