JOHANNESBURG – This weekend’s Currie Cup final is an opportunity to make up for the heartbreak of losing the 2016 showpiece match, according to Golden Lions lock and former Blue Bulls man Marvin Orie.
Orie was a member of the Bulls team that lost 36-16 to the Free State Cheetahs three years ago - his only appearance in a Currie Cup final. But now wearing the colours of the Lions, the Springbok lock is hoping to make up for that defeat when the Lions and Cheetahs meet in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
“I came close (in 2016),” said Orie.
“It’s super exciting (that I can play in a final again). The Currie Cup has so much history in this country, it’s the main competition locally, and I definitely want to win it. I take the competition very seriously and this weekend is an opportunity to bag it.”
Orie is one of several players who played for the Boks this season but missed out on selection for the World Cup, although he remains on a standby list in case of injury. He said his time with the Boks this year had been hugely educational and enjoyable, but having his name on a standby list wouldn’t affect his performance for the Lions.