Currie Cup

Lions braced for ‘exciting’ Bulls

2015-09-08 16:00
Howard Mnisi (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Golden Lions centre Howard Mnisi says they are expecting a tough challenge when they face the Blue Bulls in a top-of-the-log Currie Cup clash on Saturday.

The Golden Lions have emerged as one of the in-form teams during the domestic campaign this season, winning all four of their fixtures to date.

They will now face the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld this weekend. With the Pretoria side also boasting an unbeaten record, the winner of the game will take the lead in the Currie Cup standings.

Mnisi says they are focused and ready to tackle their Gauteng rivals.

“The Bulls are playing an exciting brand of rugby. They’re running the ball a lot and they’re finishing a lot of their opportunities. It’s going to be a tough challenge, especially at Loftus,” Mnisi told

“We just need to focus on our game and make sure we fulfil our potential. We’ve been playing well so far, and we will take that momentum into this weekend’s clash.

“There will be plenty excitement around the game, especially among the fans. But it’s important not to get ahead of ourselves. We need to control the things that are in our power. We need to do our jobs on the field, make sure we do it well and the rest will follow.”

Mnisi added that the Lions also have some exciting talent emerging during the Currie Cup this season.

“We have a great blend of experience. While we have our leaders and senior players, some of the other guys, especially the younger players, have put up their hands and made the most of their opportunities,” said Mnisi.

“Like coach Akkers (Johan Ackermann) says, no one owns the jersey. You need to prove why you deserve to keep it, which motivates guys on the field.”

Mnisi captained the Lions in their 37-21 win over the EP Kings in Johannesburg last weekend, during regular skipper Warren Whiteley’s injury-enforced absence. He enjoyed the occasion and hopes to experience many more highlights during the next few months.

“It’s great when the coach backs you as a player and a leader. I really enjoyed the game. Yes, there’s extra responsibility and you have to ensure you lead the team and handle the pressure, but the guys around me offered amazing support, which helped a lot,” said Mnisi.

“I’m happy with my individual form at the moment, but there’s always room for improvement. I had a good game against the Kings, but I believe I can play even better.

“I want to help the Lions play well every weekend as we advance during the Currie Cup. I also want to prove why I deserve my place in the No 12 jersey.”

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