Kimberley has been a graveyard for top South African rugby teams but the Lions do not believe they face a curse when they play Griquas in a Currie Cup match on Saturday.
Hennie Brandt, News24.
Lions captain Cobus Grobbelaar knows how dangerous Griquas are and how daunting the combination of a hard surface and determined opponents can be.
“They are a formidable team in Kimberley. They lift their game when they play at home,” the Lions flanker said on Wednesday.
“You have to be at your best to beat them there. Many teams make the mistake of believing they can go there and just take the log points.”
Griquas’s shock victory over Western Province last week was a timely reminder of what can happen in Kimberley.
“We have watched video footage of the match,” Grobbelaar said. “Their physical game was a major factor.
“They also managed to get in among the Province players. That’s when they are dangerous; just as dangerous as when they turn over possession and if you don’t kick well.”
The Lions played themselves back into Currie Cup contention when they beat Boland 57-17 last week.
However, Grobbelaar insists they are not yet where they would like to be. “You can only say we are where we want to be once the Currie Cup has been won.”
Tsepo Kokoali is in line to make his debut for the Lions on Saturday. The 26-year-old former SA Under-21 backline player is likely to be among the substitutes and could be given a run.Tweet