Ex-Bok Strydom backs Lions

2011-10-27 19:53

Johannesburg - Former Golden Lions rugby captain Hannes Strydom believes the Johannesburg-based side can win the Currie Cup final against the Sharks on Saturday - provided they play as a unit.

Strydom, who was skipper in the victorious 1999 Lions side that beat the then Natal 32-9, will do the jersey handover to the team on Friday.

"There are many similarities between 1999 and this year. The same unity and co-operation exists with this team and they’ve shown it the whole year," Strydom said on Thursday.

The 1995 World Cup-winning Springbok said the Lions should not be over-confident because of their home-ground advantage.

Strydom said it would be crucial for the team to play for each other and for Lions coach John Mitchell, whom he feels has shown a lot of confidence in his charges.

"They should be willing to die for each other on the field," said Strydom.

Strydom said his advice to Lions captain Joshua Strauss will be that a home-ground advantage could also be a disadvantage, as they could be swept away by the atmosphere at Ellis Park.

"They will need to concentrate and not be swept away because of a packed stadium," he said.

"The winners will be determined by who wants it the most because everyone is good enough to play in the final."

He said the Lions needed to dominate all facets of the match if they wanted to win the encounter.

"They should be first at the line-outs, the scrums and the breakdowns and take on the opposition man for man," said Strydom.

Strydom reminisced about the 1999 final which he said was still lucid memory of how his team ran in five tries to Natal’s three penalty conversions.

"I remember the tries by Chester (Williams), AJ Venter, Thinus Delport and Bossie (Leon Boshoff) and how we were the underdogs," said Strydom.

"No one gave us a chance and it was the swansong for some of the Sharks players like Gary Teichmann, Henry Honiball and Andre Joubert."

Strydom said their focus was 100 percent on playing according to the game plan and training patterns.

He said he admired Mitchell for the manner in which he turned the team around since he started coaching the Lions.

"It is fantastic how he straightened the team out as no one gave them a chance at the start of the season," he said.

"The team have shown what can be done, but the final has not been won yet and there is still some work ahead for them."

The pharmacist quipped that the fish-moth riddled photo of the victorious 1999 Lions team hanging at the Golden Lions headquarters in Braamfontein needed to be replaced by the current team.

Strydom predicted that it would be a close game with the Lions taking the spoils 19-15.


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


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


  • Barry - 2011-10-27 20:04

    In your dreams darling. The Sharks are going to come up there and bite you sore.

      Chrono - 2011-10-28 09:59

      The Lions may not have all the "stars" of the Sharks but the players have played together for a whole season under two very very good coaches. The Sharks have not looked convincing all season and are not consistent in what they do. The inclusion of the Boks who are back from the World Cup will unsettle the team to a degree. The Sharks will probably get the upperhand up front but the Lions have the best flyhalf in South Africa. I am not too sure the Sharks will bite all that sore.

  • Ron - 2011-10-27 20:17

    SHARKS 45 ----lions 16

  • andriescombrinck - 2011-10-27 20:29

    Hannes Strydom - what a legend of Transvaal rugby

  • Tony - 2011-10-27 20:58

    Hello!!! Oud-Transvaal speler. Logies hy gaan die Leeus back om te wen. Net so goed jy vra vir Bobby Skinstadt voor 'n Springbok vs Engeland game wie hy back om te wen.

      roboman1 - 2011-10-27 22:31

      jaja, oulikke WP trui wat jy daar dra ne? Dis skoon, dis die probleem, nes jou spelers, jy tackle nie. Lions 21 - Sharks 12

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-27 21:00

    Coca cola park...r u ready for the Sharks...there is no other team the Sharks want to play on Saturday...the fiercer the competition, the more potent our bite...

  • Dale - 2011-10-27 21:35

    Its funny how theres no insulting between these two team's supporters, but if it were Bulls or WP there would be rude comments etc!

  • Claud - 2011-10-27 21:40

    Sorry Hannes, you speak from the heart and not from experience, but as a Gauteng neighbour we support the Lions anyway. Sharks by 10.

  • Nico - 2011-10-27 21:56

    Go LIONS!! Saturday you can claim the CC back :) Great from them to get a legend like Hannes to do the official jersey handover :)

      Kevin - 2011-10-28 06:40

      What do you mean claim it back. I think there is no one in that team who even knows what it looks like. Keeping it where it is now at the Sharks tank.Thats where its real home is. Do not buy a trophy cabinet Lions. You have not needed it for teh last 12years and I do not think you will need one anytime soon

  • gerald.winkel - 2011-10-27 21:57

    Although i'm a Sharks supporter, it is great to see how the Golden Lions pulled themselves out of the doldrums. No predictions on this one. However, Sharkies, we've got the Currie now bring home the Cup. Asseblief.

  • Victor - 2011-10-27 22:52

    Who cares what Hannes says??? Hy's n A . H-LE

  • Kevin - 2011-10-28 06:36

    Funny that coming from an ex Lions man.Sharks are going to smash the Lions and put things back in perspective. i.e. The Lions do not win Currie Cup and do not need a trophy cabinet.

  • gavin.hundermark - 2011-10-28 06:56

    OK, so now after numerous "ex-Lions" have been interviewed, when is the headline going to read "Teichmann says Sharks will win" or "Ackermann backs Sharks". Doesn't help only interviewing former from one side - that kinda starts sounding like bias on your side. But that's what we expect from News24 lately - shoddy reporting and bias

      andriescombrinck - 2011-10-28 07:16

      Im sure as the Lions forwards coach Ackermann would back his employers! By the way News24 asked Stransky earlier in the week also from a Sharks perspective... and he also backed the Lions

      Johan - 2011-10-28 08:48

      Ackers was a Bull,Lion,Shark and Griekwas man Gavin......and if you want a headline from a ex sharks player read a newspeper from KZN country.....

  • Ray - 2011-10-28 09:03

    Sorry Lions....runner-up in the Currie Cup is not a bad thing. Sharks will take the cup by at least 23.

  • pages:
  • 1