Lions forwards will not be a factor

Luke Watson has stated that the Lions pack would be foolish to take on the Province forwards at Newlands on Saturday.

The Vodacom Western Province captain is pleased with the form of his pack this season. In the build up to the Absa Currie Cup, they were described as a unit that would struggle, but ironically they are now probably the form pack of the competition.

“I don’t think it would be wise for the Lions to take us on in the forwards,” Watson told “We’ve become a very solid and accomplished unit over the past five weeks.”

The Lions have struggled to gel as a side and have looked out of their depth. The return of Andre Pretorius to the line-up may change all that and is something that the WP midfield will be watching very closely.

The quick-fix centre-pairing of Corne Uys and Sarel Potgieter have been a good combination thus far, but should be kept busy on Saturday. “I think that they will target us anywhere but the forwards, perhaps in the centres,” said Watson. “Having said that, I’ve been impressed with what Corne and Sarel have done so far.

“The Lions are a very unpredictable and exciting young side. We need to continue playing our own game and concentrating on our own patterns.”

Third-placed WP play the sixth-placed Lions this week and then head up to Kimberley to play Griquas on 5 August. It may appear like they have an easy run-in to the end of the first round, but Watson confirmed that they will not become complacent.

“I never want our position on the log to influence our style of play on the field,” he said. “We want to play expressive, intelligent and unpredictable rugby, and as long as we don’t lose sight of that I think that we will continue to be successful.”

By Jon Cardinelli