More hard work for Lions

The Lions may finally have an Absa Currie Cup victory under their belt, but they are far from a satisfied bunch.

Following an intense training session on Monday, coach Eugene Eloff refused to get carried away with the 32-19 win over the Valke at Ellis Park on Friday night.

Not only was it the first win in four attempts, but it also brought home a bonus point for scoring four tries. It also helped lift the Lions from the bottom of the log to sixth, above the Valke and Pumas.

“It was great to get a win, but we need to step it up considerably if we hope to continue competing,” Eloff told “Training went very well today and the guys are adapting to the hard sessions.”

Eloff has two injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s trip to Kimberley to play Griquas, who shocked the Sharks on Saturday.

“Jody Rose has a suspected sprained ankle, while Gerhard Mostert has a sore shoulder, but it doesn’t seem too serious. We will see about both of them tomorrow.”

“We are not resting on our laurels and we will work even harder this week to ensure we can make it two wins in-a-row. I hope to be able to stick to more of the same when I select my team on Wednesday.”

Eloff said he noticed a slight spring in the step of the players before practice started, but they were quick to get down to work.

Squad captain Wikus van Heerden will not be available and is still out of town recuperating. He may be back next weekend for the match at Newlands against a resurgent Western Province.

By Andrew Hollely