JOHANNESBURG – Lions props Jacobie Adriaanse and Dylan Smith are desperate to win this Saturday’s Currie Cup final, but for very different reasons.
For the veteran and well-travelled Adriaanse, the match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein will be his last chance to get his hands on the famous Currie Cup trophy, while for still young and early-into-his-career Smith it’ll be a chance of making up for missing out in 2015.
The 34-year-old tighthead specialist Adriaanse, who has played for among others Boland, Griquas, Scarlets in Wales, Montpellier in France and the Southern Kings, confirmed this week that Saturday’s Currie Cup final will be his last game before hanging up his boots.
“This weekend is not about me, but I’m excited ... in what will probably be my last game,” said the friendly, highly-experienced scrumming specialist.
In his long and storied career, Adriaanse had a chance to bag the Currie Cup in 2016, but the Bulls team he played in that day lost 36-16 to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. “I just want to go out and enjoy the occasion, and do whatever is required of me by the team,” he said.