JOHANNESBURG – The Lions are back to Currie Cup action this week, and it gets no tougher than a trip to Newlands to face a hurting Western Province.
Ivan van Rooyen’s men were last in action nearly two weeks ago when they hosted, and beat, the Pumas (38-37)in the opening game of this year’s competition. They had a bye last week, while Western Province have won once and lost once, so it’s all set up to be a thrilling clash on Saturday.
And if recent results are anything to go by John Dobson’s men will probably start as the favourites on home soil, despite their going down 32-27 in a tight game to the Sharks in Durban this last weekend. In round one they beat the Bulls 20-5 at Newlands.
In last year’s match between the Capetonians and the Lions, at Ellis Park, it was the visitors who got up and hammered the then recent Super Rugby finalists 65-38. In 2017, the last time the Currie Cup Lions visited the Cape, Western Province also dished out a hiding - winning 39-3 on that occasion.
A rusty Lions team then, following their bye and almost miraculous come-from-behind win against the Pumas two weekends ago, will hope for a better return this weekend, but they’re going to be up against a team that will want to make up for last week’s loss to the Sharks. Also, they’ve been boosted by the availability again of a few real stars, in outside backs Dillyn Leyds and Sergeal Petersen.