The Valke are hoping that the apathy of Lions fans will continue and their own supporters will turn up in droves for Friday’s Absa Currie Cup clash at Ellis Park.
With the Valkeâ€™s Bosman Stadium base less than 50km from Ellis Park Stadium, the possibility of more Valke fans than Lions fans turning up in Johannesburg is a distinct possibility.
â€œAlthough the Lions are playing at home, their fans have endured a tough time lately and have stayed away recently,â€ Valke coach John Williams told keo.co.za.
â€œI donâ€™t expect a lot of support for the Lions and I give us a 50/50 chance. We are going there to win and not just to keep the score down.â€ The lack of screaming Lions fans could count in the Valkeâ€™s favour as they aim to get a second victory on-the-trot.
â€œAnd after their big defeat to the Cheetahs (59-5) last weekend it may be even worse with even more people staying away.â€ The Valke though were also trounced by the defending champions â€“ 66-9 in round two in Brakpan â€“ and a close battle is expected between the two close neighbours.
â€œWe have a win under our belt since the Cheetahs game and the confidence is high and Iâ€™m hoping our fans will make the trip to Ellis Park to support us,â€ said Williams. The Valke recorded a 23-8 win over Griquas last weekend â€“ their first win of the campaign.
The Lions on the other hand have not won a game and after three rounds find themselves at the bottom of the log with just one point. This after a disastrous Vodacom Super 14 campaign that saw them win just twice in 13 matches and finish 13th out of 14.
Another defeat to the Valke on Friday night would signal arguably the lowest point the once proud union has reached.
The game kicks-off at 7.10pm.
By Andrew Hollely