Valke target Lions
10 Jul 2006
Valke fullback Jan Cloete is not getting carried away after his team secured its first Absa Currie Cup win at the weekend.
The victory leaves the Brakpan-based team sixth on the log and back on track for a possible semi-final spot. Following defeats to the Blue Bulls and Cheetahs in the first two rounds a win over Griquas was just the tonic.
“We had to work hard for the win. Griquas are a tough team to beat,” Cloete told keo.co.za. “We have a few areas to work on, but I’m sure we will improve.
The Valke had to rely on three tries in the final 20 minutes to secure a 23-8 win at the Bosman Stadium on Saturday. “The guys confidence is up and we had a good gym session this morning and we can definitely improve,” he said.
Before the Currie Cup kicked-off the Valke, bouyed by their Vodacom Cup triumph, targeted a top four finish. A win in their next match against the hitherto winless Lions is in the Valke’s sights.
The Valke take on Currie Cup basement-dwellers, the Lions at Ellis Park on Friday night and according to Cloete expect a massive onslaught. “The Lions are struggling and will want to prove a point, especially at Ellis Park so we are not going to rest on our laurels. We can beat them.”
The Lions were thumped 59-5 by the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, but the Valke were also given a big hiding the previous weekend by the defending champions – 66-9. Both teams are desperate to find a winning formula and the match will be closely fought.
By Andrew Hollely