Lions to end Stormers streak?

2012-03-23 11:41

Johannesburg - The Lions are faced with the unenviable task of breaking their victory drought against the Stormers when the two sides meet in a Super Rugby clash at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

The hosts have an atrocious record against the Stormers, who lead the SA Conference, having lost all seven matches they have played against the coastal outfit since 2006.

While the Stormers have won all their matches since the start of the Super Rugby season, the Lions have lost two and have been unsettled by a spate of injuries.

This, however, has done little to douse their confidence of clinching a victory in this weekend's encounter, or their ambitions of higher honours in the campaign.

“We don’t look backwards. It’s about dealing with what we have in front of us and our men are ready to go,” said Lions coach John Mitchell.

“Clearly if we are serious about our conference it is a very important fixture.

“We have a team goal in mind and it is still alive, so it is important to focus on what is presented and we have a fantastic opportunity at home."

Mitchell said his team had a great battle on their hands against a side that had built continuity from their victories this season.

The Stormers have impressed with their physicality while they have also shown the ability to pierce the oppositions’ defensive lines.

Skipper Jean de Villiers said he was encouraged by the steps the Stormers backline had made.

"The backline is showing signs of improving every week and it is in keeping with the process of what we want to achieve as a team,” De Villiers said.

"The confidence was evident at training this week and we're striving for a 100 percent performance."

While history favours the visitors, De Villiers felt there were no easy contests in the Super Rugby series.

"In this competition you play against quality competition week in and week out, and that won't change this week,” he said.

The Lions’ bearded captain, Joshua Strauss, said his side remained confident, despite two consecutive losses.

“We set a goal to win the South African conference," Strauss said.

"I think this weekend is vital. It is still early in the season - it is only three games in - and there is a lot of room for improvement.

“But we have time and we had the bye. I think it was a good week for us and we’ve had an excellent week of training.”

Strauss said the hosts were well aware of the challenge they faced against the Stormers, but they would be raring to go.

“We know what is coming this weekend and we know how important it is," he said.

"We want to win at home and we want to excite our fans as well.

“On or off the field it’s going to be a very important week for us and I think the guys are ready.’


  • Jason - 2012-03-23 11:55

    Stormers by 10 or more....come on boys..!!!

      Andrew - 2012-03-23 13:33

      Jason, stop being so modest and conservative!! STORMERS by minimum 15...We'll come away with a bonus point as well and at last!! ...lions with tails between their legs.

      Jason - 2012-03-23 13:55

      @ Andrew...Sorry 10 or more with a bonus point... Lions are hungry but don't think their depleted squad can stand up to the class in the Stormers side. Any rugby loving non bias individual would agree....booom...!

      Jack - 2012-03-23 17:33

      We should win (heaven help us if we don't), but it's not the way I'd like to win. A win against a depleted opposition is a hollow one...

      Saffa - 2012-03-23 20:46

      @jackblack A referee assisted win is even hollower. 3 games in a row

  • Penny'sGran - 2012-03-23 12:00

    If the Brandy and Coke Park brigade think their depleted team can beat the Stormers this weekend, then they're smoking something ...

  • Ann - 2012-03-23 12:01

    Come on, my boys.... let's hear the mighty Lions roar!!!

      Penny'sGran - 2012-03-23 12:04

      I'll shout for the Lions, but the smart money is on the Stormers

      WP - 2012-03-23 12:07

      @Penny'sGran, Nope, you shout at the lions

      Saffa - 2012-03-23 12:30

      @Pennywise/Penny's gran gran - These clown pics you use are frikkin scary mate.

      Philip - 2012-03-23 12:35


      Priester - 2012-03-23 13:10

      Saffa love your avatar. Pasop as hy opstaan!

      Saffa - 2012-03-23 13:18

      @Priester - hy kan nie opstaan....die roomys stok in sy @ss laat dit nie toe. Ek het die pic van 'n Bulls maatjie gekry snaaks genoeg :) :n Fanatiese Bulls fan wat gedink het die pic perfek is vir my avatar. (Sien, ek het maatjies wat die Bulls ondersteun...EN hulle bly even in Pretoria....)

      Sharksfever - 2012-03-23 13:52

      @Saffa. Love jou hond op jou facebook page. Beautifull.

  • WP - 2012-03-23 12:06


      Lion - 2012-03-23 13:21

      WP = Plank

      Lion - 2012-03-23 16:21

      Jy kan bly wees News24 delete die hele tyd my coments. Hulle beskerm leke soos jy en WP GO LIONS!!!!

  • Nico - 2012-03-23 12:40

    GO LIONS!! Last year we broke our CC drought, tomorrow we break our "Stormers" drought :)

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-23 13:39

    I'm wary of John Mitchell and he will get the best from his side. I mean, they are the Currie Cup Holders, despite all the injuries. But in the S15 I just hope one or more SA sides do well, so go Stormers!

  • Saffa - 2012-03-23 15:41

    Stormers streak??? 11 years cupless streak is the only "streak" they've got going

      Lion - 2012-03-23 16:25

      Welcome back Saffa! At least there will be informed comments again with you back here Doc. The other Saffa (fake) is boring. Nothing she says make sense.

      Saffa - 2012-03-23 16:42

      @Lion She should spend more time in the kitchen

  • Siphiwe - 2012-03-23 19:44

    @Saffa - Judging by your comments I would honestly suggest you spend some more time in the kitchen,

  • Bernadette - 2012-03-23 23:07

    Lol Luv da banter below ........but sori to say the Lions r going to Blik Roar da shirt off da Stormers backs tomorrow ...really!!! .....somer right off that they will red bulls themselves back to Cape Town!!!! And then Joshua Strauss is going to shave off his beard just in time for the SHARKS to munch him da dom da dom da dom ..........

  • charlotte.snyman - 2012-03-24 08:26

    Come on men! We are behind u! Go Stormers!

  • wynandv3 - 2012-03-24 15:33

    The fact of the matter is that the stormers are on a winning streak and the Lions are in a ditch the stormers should take this one very easy but rugby is a strange game and have seen so many times that the underdog comes out on top but my opinion is the lions are just a little weak to take the stormers may the best TEAM WiN GO STORMERS.

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