- Western Province coach John Dobson believes the Golden Lions have supplied
the blueprint for South African rugby following their perfect season which
culminated in the Johannesburg side winning the Currie Cup title.
Capetonians were on the receiving end of the Lions’ unbeaten run with the Lions
sweeping past them on two occasions this season, including a 32-24 reverse in
the final at Ellis Park.
style of rugby going unbeaten through a season, they absolutely deserve to be
champions and I think with their model, other teams in South Africa need to
look at how rugby should be played for the benefit of South African rugby,”
earlier sang the Lions’ praises in their first encounter during the league
phase when the Johannesburg side hammered them 62-32 at the same venue.
Bulls coach Nollis Marais also added his voice to the growing chorus that the Lions’
game plan should be used as a road-map for South African rugby.
still believe the way the Lions are playing is the way for South African rugby,
they are playing excellent rugby,” Marais said following his side’s semi-final
defeat to Western Province.
is something I believe in as well and it is something I will be enforcing in
the next couple of months.”
Lions’ evolution started with the arrival in 2010 of former All Blacks coach
John Mitchell, who led the team to Currie Cup glory in 2011.
Lions coach Johan Ackermann, who was officially appointed as head coach of the
team in 2013, continued with the game plan and made some finer adjustments.
had taken players who featured on the fringes at other unions and forged them
into a tightly knit unit.
said he was honoured by the kind words from Dobson, adding that it had taken
years for his team to reach this point.
is a great privilege to hear that but I think every union will have their own
culture and style of play,” he said.
the country wants\ to follow us it means they will be looking at the same
players as us but you have to look at your team as a whole and according to
that adapt your structures in the way you want to play.”
believes South Africa has the ability to employ any kind of style successfully
given the variety of attributes the country’s players possess.
got big forwards if you want to smash and bash with the forwards, we’ve got
flair players if you want to play the flair game,” he said.
agree with him (Dobson) we can play any game, we don’t see ourselves as
frontrunners, the group decided on a certain style and we backed it.”