Lions not thinking of CC final

2012-03-09 08:09

Cape Town - In some quarters it’s billed as a rematch of the Currie Cup final of 2011, but the landscape will be quite different when the Sharks host the Lions in the third round of the Super Rugby competition in Durban on Saturday.

Lions coach John Mitchell doesn’t think last year’s Currie Cup final (when the Lions won 42-16 in Johannesburg) will have any bearing on what happens this weekend. While the Lions have won one and lost one in 2012, the Sharks are still winless and will be hard-pressed to turn their fortunes around at Kings Park.

“Both teams have changed a lot since the Currie Cup. We’re certainly not banking on the team coherency that we had back then, because we’ve got a lot of players out, so we are integrating a lot of new players,” said Mitchell.

“To think that we are at full strength or have the same team from last year’s Currie Cup final is a misnomer. And it’s the same with the Sharks actually - they are probably also not at full strength or with the same team of last year.”

While the Sharks have been lifted with the inclusion of fit-again Springbok loose forward Willem Alberts, they still realise it won’t be an easy outing against the Lions - a team they have never lost to in Super Rugby. In the seven outings between these sides (since 2006, when the former Cats franchise was disbanded), the best performance from the men from Johannesburg, was a 30-30 draw last year.

“This is a massive game for us, the next two home games are,” said Sharks coach John Plumtree.

“If you want to do well in this competition, you have to do well at home. We’ve picked up two log points away from home and those could prove to be valuable at the end of the day. But winning at home is vital in this competition.

“We’ll back ourselves to win away from home as well - we haven’t talked about getting bonus points away from home - but we know this game is hugely important for us.”


15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Frederic Michalak, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Jannie du Plessis, 18. Anton Bresler, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Paul Jordaan

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies La Grange, 12 Butch James, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (captain), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Marius Coetzer, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Patric Cilliers

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Stephan Greef, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Alwyn Hollenbach, 22 James Kamana


  • Juan - 2012-03-09 08:29

    GO SHARKS!!! Time to start winning!!!!

      Pierre - 2012-03-09 08:40

      True Isak, all other franchises in SA need luck to win, Bulls take it as result of their superior ability.

      Dirk - 2012-03-09 08:41

      Nee man Isak, it's called the Bulls not the Blues. Go Bulls! Stormers groete!

  • Topsy - 2012-03-09 08:30

    united and city both lost bwahahaha epl my ass

      Paul - 2012-03-09 09:04

      Shut up, Topsy. This forum is not about your ass.

  • Gareth - 2012-03-09 08:32

    Sharks by 13.... ITS GONNA HAPPEN

  • Nico - 2012-03-09 08:33

    GO LIONS!! Sharks are yours for feasting on this weekend :)

      Pierre - 2012-03-09 08:53

      After the rugby the Lions dished up against the Canes last week, feasting seems more appropriate in describing the Sharks this weekend.

      Nico - 2012-03-09 09:09

      @Pierre, after the rugby the Sharks dished up against the Stormers last week, the Lions don't have much to worry about this weekend :)

      Paul - 2012-03-09 09:10

      Don't think so, Nico. Lions seriously depleted by injuries this week. Have a bye next week, so the guys should recover for the following game. We can only hope Plumtree does something stupid again and you never know what Mitchell has up his sleave. Common sense dictates that the Sharks will have most of the ball however.

      Nico - 2012-03-09 09:22

      @Paul, Lions might be depleted, but so is the Sharks, and the replacements are able enough. Sharks problem is that Michelak is the worst no9 in the competition at this stage and that Lambie is not looking good at 10. Bismark and Daniels are both on the top15 list for most penalties given away so far. So the Lions can take them, they are good enough :)

  • Dirk - 2012-03-09 08:38

    Nee wat, die Lions het die advantage hierso, hulle het die baard Josh Straus (het enige iemand ‘n idée wie die ou aan die baard geheg is?) aan hulle kant, die ander baarde op die veld lyk maar bleek in vergelyking. Home advantage is nie meer van toepassing wanneer baarde betrokke raak nie. Wie is Sharks se vanguard? Skeate?

      Juan - 2012-03-09 09:01

      Ons sin is Alberts. en hy het nie 'n baard nodig om groot te lyk nie. Hoop daai skouer is reg want daar gaan weer groot collisions op die veld wees die naweek. Die Sharks het hom gemis die laaste twee weke want hy gee jou net daai edge. Ons kyk wat gebeur. Hoop die Sharks doen dit met so 10 :)

      Dirk - 2012-03-09 09:25

      Ja duidelik, daar sal sulke groot collisions wees dat mouth guards aan die ander kant van die wereld gaan verdwyn.

  • Paul - 2012-03-09 09:17

    I'm no Sharks supporter, but I still cannot believe that they continue to play Lambie, Michelak and Pietersen out of position. And Keegan ahead of Jacques Botes??? Do they test the IQ of the management before appointing them in Durban? Maybe the Lions have a chance after all...

  • Hennie - 2012-03-09 09:48

    I am a Lions Fan , but realistically I think the Shark will win but not by such a great margin.I wish the Lions well.

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-09 10:01

      Same here Hennie, even on my superbru I have sharks for win, my heart says Lions but my head says Sharks unfortunately :( I hope we are wrong though

  • Chris - 2012-03-09 13:29

    Oh my Greatness!!!!

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-03-10 16:29

    Ok, no more practice games Sharks...... kick some vaalie butt!

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