Huge task awaits Lions

Lions coach Eugene Eloff believes his team has put the disastrous Cats Vodacom Super 14 behind them and can look forward to a good Absa Currie Cup campaign.

The Lions travel to Durban to take on the Sharks in the main game of the opening round of this years’ Currie Cup, with no illusions as to the task at hand.

“This years Currie Cup has the favourites and the less favourites and I think we fall into the second category,” Eloff told keo.co.za.

Those in the favourites category probably include the Cheetahs (defending champions), the Blue Bulls and Sharks. Western Province and the Lions are outside bets at this stage.

The Lions will have to hit the ground running as they face the three favourites in their opening three rounds. “We have a motto,” said Eloff, “which is: ‘If you want to be the best you have to beat the best.’”

Eloff is a new coach with new ideas, but it would be unfair to expect him to produce miracles from the outset.

“The Cats season is well and truly behind us and the guys have shown tremendous commitment at training. Their attitudes are right and this opening game is a great challenge to prove ourselves.”

Eloff said the two warm-up matches against the Pumas and Western Force that saw his team concede no points and scoring 73 in the process should be viewed in context. “It must be remembered that the Western Force were very much weakened, but two wins and no points against is a good start nonetheless.”

“But we are back on track because as much as losing becomes a habit, so does winning.”

By Andrew Hollely