Lions bullish ahead of big clash against Sharks

That is fighting talk. The Lions did show they are up to the task by beating Western Province in Athlone on the Cape Flats last week, albeit in front of near-empty stands.

They kept their hopes alive with a vibrant 32-12 win that got them level on log points with Province and one log place below their Cape rivals in fifth. The Lions dare not slip up again however.

Western Province are away to last year’s finalists Griquas on Friday and they finish their league programme next weekend at home against the Sharks.

The Lions play bottom-placed Griffons in Welkom in their last league match next Friday.

With six teams still capable of reaching the semifinals, Lions captain Marius Louw was rather embracing of the tightrope they are walking.

“It’s a tight competition. That’s absolutely great for South African rugby, that we are able to keep the competition so tight with two rounds to go.

“We are excited, we’ll control what we can control and the rest will take care of itself.”

He stressed, for the Lions this week preparation and work rate are key components. “If we do that we will get over the line. We grew as the season progressed. Pressure is a privilege for us.”

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