Lions aim for lucky seven

Lions captain Wikus van Heerden is confident that his team can pick up their seventh successive win on Saturday and keep their Absa Currie Cup campaign afloat.

After starting the competition in diabolical fashion, they have now recovered to the point where they may sneak into the playoffs. The 34-32 win against Griquas last week was less than convincing, but Van Heerden was happy with the result and the bonus point.

“Everybody says that when you are on a winning roll like ours you are due one off game,” he told keo.co.za. “I think we can count last week’s game against Griquas as that bad game, and it has definitely forced us to wake up a bit.

“After we has secured the bonus point, we eased our foot off the pedal. We can’t afford to do that this weekend.”

Hosting Vodacom Western Province, the Lions will be mindful of the comeback produced by the Capetonians earlier in the season which lead to a 30-28 home win at Newlands. In hindsight, the Lions captain believes that they should have been more ruthless.

“We just didn’t finish them off when we had the chance. We were leading by 16 points at one stage and then let them back into the game.

“In terms of pressure, I don’t think much has changed. We had our backs to the wall in that match, and once again we find ourselves in a position where we need to win.”

The Jo’burg side would love to secure all five points from this fixture, but would be just as satisfied with a straight win. They have, however, lost a key man in Ernst Joubert, as the injured No 8 has been ruled out with injury.

“It is a big blow to lose Ernst, we had built up a lot of continuity as a loose-forward combination. But it’s great to have the experience of Pietie Ferreira to call on for such a big match.

“I think that the Province loose-forwards have done well this season, but if you look at the Newlands game, we were the side who secured the most turnovers. We understand that they can be very dangerous, but we got the better of them before and so should be able to do so again this Saturday.”

By Jon Cardinelli