Pride at stake

Lions fullback Louis Ludik is ready for a repeat Absa Currie Cup performance against Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.

The talented 19-year-old scored a brace of tries in the Lions win against the Valke at Ellis Park last weekend. It felt so good he wants some more this Saturday.

“It was great to finally get the win, because the guys were starting to lose faith in ourselves,” Ludik told keo.co.za. “And although we are a young team we really didn’t want to use that excuse again.”

“We have been training really hard this week and we will stick to our guns. I really feel we are improving all the time. Griquas play with a lot of pride, but so do we so it promises to be really hard-fought.”

Griquas though are never an easy prospect in Kimberley, as Dick Muir’s high-riding Sharks found out last weekend. “Griquas play a hard physical brand of rugby and they have die-hard fans that make it uncomfortable for any visiting team.”

Ludik said the Lions were anticipating rain on Saturday, which will negate the hard, dry and dusty conditions Griquas use so well. “If it rains as it is predicted then we will probably keep it tight, but I’m sure if it is dry we can look forward to running the ball.”

In last year’s encounter, the Lions squeaked home 33-28 and it is likely the result will be just as close on Saturday. The Lions have yet to fire on all cylinders, while Griquas have shown themselves to be tough at home – they beat both the Pumas and Sharks in their two home games thus far.

Ludik will be a marked man after his exploits last weekend, but he still thinks he can make a difference. “Hopefully I can contribute again, but really those tries were all about just being in the right place at the right time.” And that is exactly what fullback play is all about.

By Andrew Hollely