Valke target Lions

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