Lions look to repeat history

2012-10-19 14:27

Johannesburg - Defending champions the Golden Lions will hope for a repeat of last year’s Currie Cup semi-final when they take on Western Province in their playoff match at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Last year the Johannesburg side dismantled Province 29-20 and went on to beat the Sharks in the final to clinch the Currie Cup title.

Elsewhere on Saturday, the Sharks could set up a repeat of the 2011 final if they manage to beat the resurgent Blue Bulls in Durban.

The Lions will go into their match with a psychological edge, having won their previous four Currie Cup encounters against Province, while they will also be buoyed by their home supporters.

The Johannesburg side’s interim coach, Johan Ackermann, will hope his gamble to rest key players for last week’s match against the Blue Bulls will pay off against a star-studded Province side.

"We've beaten them this year in the Currie Cup and we beat them last year so we are confident that we can, but we are not thinking that it's going to come easily,” Ackermann said.

The Province side resembles their Super Rugby team and despite the injury loss of captain Jean de Villiers, lock Andries Bekker and Tiaan Liebenberg, they remain a formidable opponent.

While the visitors are regarded as the best defensive side in the competition, they have been equally impressive on attack, scoring the second most tries in this year’s top-flight domestic competition.

“They will be physical because that's an area where they probably think they can attack us,” Ackermann said.

"We are well prepared and the guys are excited. The good thing for us is that we know we can beat them.”

Province captain Deon Fourie said the visitors were ready for a tough battle.

“Playoff matches can be funny in the sense that not always the best team wins,” Fourie said.

“For the past three seasons we've reached the playoffs in the competition and we know what it's about."

The coastal side will nevertheless be desperate to advance to the final in an effort to bring their 10-year Currie Cup title drought to an end.

The Bulls, meanwhile, will take some confidence from their late revival in the competition.

However, they face a massive task against the pace-setting Sharks at Kings Park.

The Sharks have not lost a match in Durban this season and the hosts will also take confidence from their consistent performances this year, having lost only three of their 10 matches in the competition.

“Of course there’s motivation. We spent the last 10 weeks trying to get into this position,” said Sharks captain Keegan Daniel.

“We’ve done pretty well to get here and end top of the log with the possibility of hosting a home final.”

Bulls coach Pine Pienaar admitted the Sharks were the favourites to win the match but he insisted his side would throw down the gauntlet.

“Everybody has that dream to be successful and bring the cup back to Pretoria,” Pienaar said.

“We know that it will be hard and they are the favourites but we need a good start and you never know what could happen.”


  • bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-19 14:36

    Lions AL die Blou Bul ondersteuners skree more vir julle. Good luck my maters!!!

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-10-19 15:02

      En al die WP ondersteuners skree more vir die sharks - al sal dit ons 'n tuis finaal kos, sal dit die moete werd wees.

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-19 15:09

      Reeds my bob martins in karevaan, het jy al jou fear of choking pille in??

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-19 14:44

    Good front row battle. Would like to see JC Janse van Rensburg go on tour with the boks so hope HM is watching closely.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-19 23:37

      Well all the WP and Sharks and Cheetahs players are breaking down so there will be no othe rplayers but Bulls and Lions to take on tour

  • gerhardus.windpomp - 2012-10-19 15:02

    Go Lions!

  • jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 15:17

    Well Lions, you are playing the blind, a 11yr cupless team. Lions by 18

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-19 15:27

      Yes John, Steroid Spies & Snotsuig Steyn are has-beens. Let's hope they stay at the bulls for another couple of years.

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 15:32

      @john Bulls 2 years Stormers 17yr and WP 11yr What do you reckon is worse? (remember, just the answer, no essays)

      john.maree.90 - 2012-10-19 15:54

      @Jaco.. most probably you are an ex w.p or Lions fan and supporting the Bulls now. The bulls are not up to standard and will lose again the sharks. Time for you to get a new team again.

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 16:14

      @john Answer the question please

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-19 17:41

      @jaco.schalkwyk.752 , I will have a Quarter Pounder Deluxe meal please, if you make it snappy I will give you a R2 tip

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 18:56

      cry baby stevie, u might want to reconsider your order. Your LDL, trigliserides and cholesterol ratio might not like that. We clinicians call it a block-and-tackle meal: It blocks the arteries and tackles the heart

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-19 19:16

      What you mean "We". Maybe it should be "Actual doctors". Now run along boy and get my order. But its no tip for you. So you will have to work an extra 5 hours to recoup your loss for not getting the R2 tip.

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 20:37

      But stevie what if u develop Syndrome X ?

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-19 21:25

      @kaptein retard, like you I am not a doctor

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 22:18

      But at least Syndrome X can be googled stevie. You clearly not a doctor

      macziekpk - 2012-10-19 23:40

      McDonalds employees are not allowed to accept tips, what an idiot

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 23:49

      stevie can you please respond to Mac

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-19 16:12

    Lions should take it in the tight facets, WP probably in the breakdowns, will come down to who uses their opportunities best, but should be a good match up. GO LIONS!!! Two more wins and the cup stays in JHB where it belongs!!!

  • riaan.crouse1 - 2012-10-19 16:22

    PROVINCE WAVE!!:„ø¤º°¨?¨°º¤KE­EP THE WAVE GOING¸„ø¤º°¨? ¨°º¤øº HERE WE GO PROVINCE¤¤º°?¨¨°º¤øº­¤­­­ø„¸¸ø¤º°?¨„ø¤º°¨­¨°º­HE­­RE WE GO!„ø¤º°¨? ¨°º¤HERE WE GO PROVINCE¸„ø¤º°¨?¨°º¤­ø­­­º HERE WE GO!¤¤º°¨?¨°¤øº¤ø„¸ ¸ø¤º°¨PROVINCE WAVE:„ø¤º°¨?¨°º¤ **?? **Go make us proud kick those lions asses whoopy WP jule lekker deng!!!WP4LIFE ? —

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 16:32

      @riaan Think you can keep the wave going for 11 years?

      riaan.crouse1 - 2012-10-19 16:46

      win or loose WP still the flagship of SA rugby hoop die nulle kry goed op hulle m@&r more.

      john.maree.90 - 2012-10-19 16:57

      @ Jaco... se my gou hoeveel bekers W.P het en hoeveel Bulle het??? So hou op vas hak op een ding.

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 17:24

      @riaan en baba john Baie maklike antwoord: Bulls 23 bekers in 71 jaar= 33% wenrekord= 1 beker elke 3jaar WP = 32 bekers in 125 jr = 25% wenrekord= 1 beker elke 4jaar Bulls= flagship Next please

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-19 17:30

      Rounding off was never your strong point in school, i see.

      john.maree.90 - 2012-10-19 17:30

      Okau slim Jan, nou gaan kyk jy in al daai jare was daar elke jaar n beker gewen??? Die w.p bestaan die langste maar in vroee jare was daar nie elke jaar rugby gespeel nie. Het jou oupa se oupa in die oorlog rugby gespeel?

      john.maree.90 - 2012-10-19 17:37

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-19 17:56

      You mean Jaco is Ronald McDonalds colleague?

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 18:17

      OK John, kom ons hou dit eenvoudig, hoeveel bekers het WP gewen vandat die Bulls in die kompetisie speel? En hoeveel het NTvl/Bulls in dieselfde tyd gewen? (tip: van 1939 af)

      Hugo Klaasen - 2012-10-20 15:27

      @Jaco...hoeveel Super rugby Cups het die bulle gewen vandat die Rebels deel is van die super 15? met ander woorde, dan tel die bulle se 3 wenne ook nie

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-19 16:34

    Wel dis Vrydag en amper tyd vir die games om te begin!!! Sterkte aan al die spanne!! Net nie die OP nie. Aan al my maaitjies n heerlike naweek!!! En laaste maar nie die minste nie Go Bulle!!!!

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 16:36

      Jy wou se net nie die WP nie. NOU DIE BLOU!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-19 16:41

      Yes Jaco, net nie die wp nie!!!

  • bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-19 16:57


      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-19 17:30


      hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-10-19 17:33

      exactly my sentiments. same three teams.

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-10-19 17:29

    Let's hope the Lions do. so long as Wee Pee not in the final i really do not care who wins it.

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 18:15

      Totally agree

  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-19 19:39

    GO LIONS!!!!!!!!!! Smack die Weghardloop Province

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-10-19 21:39

    WP will take it. Sharks will do the same.

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 22:20

      Mandy have i mentioned you and I will have the most beautiful babies.

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-19 22:50

      No Mandy. Just when i pictured you as a Bulls Babe

  • nico.vanvuuren - 2012-10-20 08:51

    “Playoff matches can be funny in the sense that not always the best team wins,” Fourie said. Vir seker die simpelste comment wat nog die heel jaar gehoor het. Maar aan die ander kant, as jou kaptein sulke snert praat en die span glo hom, dan maak dit seker sin dat hulle sedert die runderpes nog niks kon wen nie.

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-10-20 09:08

    Sharks forever

  • Jack - 2012-10-20 09:09

    WP/Stormers might be cupless for 11 years but at least we still have a superrugby franchise.@jaco.schalkwyk.

      gerrit.dekock - 2012-10-20 16:24

      Jack oor daai Superfrinchise status sou ek my bek doodstil gehou het as STormer odersteuner JULLE is RUGSTEKERS WP=WATSON PIONNE

  • Jack - 2012-10-20 09:09

    WP/Stormers might be cupless for 11 years but at least we still have a superrugby franchise.@jaco.schalkwyk.

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