The Lions’ Currie Cup squad showed the impact a little experience can have on the team as they nearly shocked the Cheetahs in their Ellis Park game last weekend, ending up falling. 35-26.
The two teams entered the match at opposite ends of the roster and ultimately concluded with the Cheetas taking their eighth consecutive win and the Lions their ninth consecutive defeat, but not before the tournament favorites received a huge fright.
For the second consecutive match the Lions played with some of their URC stars and complimented their young players superbly, creating a fun match they led for the most part, before being sidelined again in the final moments. .
The Lions’ last two games were a huge step up from their previous games in the competition, as evidenced by their improvement over the last time they played against the Cheetahs, where they were crushed 66-14.
Lions Currie Cup manager Mziwakhe Nkosi was disappointed with the result, having been in a great position to beat the Cheetahs, but was pleased with the progress made, mainly by the young players who hopefully become the future of the union.
“This competition has been good for us in many ways, including the adversity we faced in terms of results. We were able to see and bring to light young people who can play at the highest level, “explained Nkosi.
“So it allowed us to see players who have the aptitude to play at the Currie Cup and URC level, which is very healthy for us as a franchise. On the contrary, it helped us to see guys who don’t have the aptitude to play at this level.
“This is where we are as a franchise and that opened our eyes. So I’m very happy with a number of guys who have succeeded and have really put their hands up. There are a variety of guys who have proven they can survive at this level.
“They have shown that in the last two games where they have proven they can play our best players and the trick for us now is to trust them and support them, so they can show some consistency and hopefully move to the next level. “.