Lions sharpen attack

Baywatch Grobbelaar says the Lions will need to be more clinical if they’re going to down WP at Newlands.

Coach Hans Coetzee has named an unchanged starting XV for Saturday’s clash, a move that confirms the Jo’burg side are confident despite the recent loss to the Sharks. The Lions went scoreless in the first half and the Sharks also broke their defensive line on numerous occasions.

Speaking to, Grobbelaar said the team has addressed those shortcomings and look forward to the challenge of Province.

‘We are disappointed considering we had so much possession and territory, but we are looking good at training and the guys are excited,’ he said. ‘The only thing we can do is get back on the horse.

‘The team just needs to correct small things and fine tune our defence. WP have a good attack, so the guys will have to close down the space and keep their dangerous players out of the game.

‘We also need to make use of our opportunities. The Sharks converted their possession into points, so that’s one thing we have to do.’

Grobbelaar has been nursing a shoulder injury incurred against the Sharks, but he should be fit to lead his team at Newlands.

‘I haven’t trained this week, but I’ll be taking a fitness test tomorrow [Thursday],’ he said. ‘We are positive I’ll be 100% for Saturday.’

His availability will be crucial for Coetzee and co considering last week’s disappointing display.

Lions -15 Earl Rose, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Alwyn Hollenbach, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Henno Mentz, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (c), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Hans Van Dyk, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: 16 Derek Harwood, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Derek Minnie, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Ruan Boshoff, 22 Pieter Engelbrecht.

By Gareth Duncan