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Eloff ‘levels’ the playing field

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions on 22 Sep 2008 at 19:54

Lions coach Eugene Eloff has ‘levelled’ the playing by telling his players that they can’t rely on home ground advantage, the elements or the referee to help them in their Currie Cup crunch match in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Eloff, speaking to rugby365.com’s Jan de Koning after his team’s workout at their home base on Monday, acknowledged that they will face a Sharks team “on a mission”.

“We know that the Sharks will be determent to secure a home Final [by finishing top of the standings], they will be on a mission,” he said, adding that his players are up for the challenge.

“The [Lions] players are motivated, you could see [in training] that the mindset is right.

“We will take the game to them and we will focus on executing our game plan accurately,” Eloff added.

The Lions have escaped any serious injury, following their torturous 31-10 bonus-point win over the Boland Cavaliers at the Wellington cabbage patch at the weekend.

Wellington’s Boland Stadium pitch was so waterlogged that referee Phillip Bosch considered calling off the match, with the curtain raisers being cancelled.

But Eloff was happy to report nothing more than the “usual bumps and bruises” from the match which saw the Lions cement their third place on the standings.

That makes it easier for the Lions coach to approach the Sharks game with a “settled” squad at home.

But, according to Eloff, home ground won’t be an advantage.

“It is nice to play at home,” he said, adding: “But we are well aware that the field won’t win the game, or the wind, or the referee … or whatever.

“The players will have to go out there and play the game.”

Speaking of the need to focus on the basics and ensure they executive those clinically, Eloff also said there are no real weaknesses in the Sharks team.

“They [the Sharks] are a total team. They have a well-drilled pack and they can carry the ball in hand … they are well balanced,” he said, adding that the game won’t be won or lost by any individual players, but that it will take a team effort.

“We do know who their key players are, but we’ll focus on our own game,” he said.

Eloff also spoke of his team’s mission for their final two weeks of league action – against the Sharks this week and Western Province in Round 14.

“We have worked hard to get to where we are on the standings [third]. We cannot and will not give it away,” he said.


  • Hope our Shark’s don’t batter them too badly… we don’t want their key players injured for the WP match…

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.09.08 04:53:01 by bryce_in_oz Reply
    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
  • I think this homeground thing are being promoted by the “home” administrators, for they compete for it with the sole purpose of making money. Gee, took me a long while to figure that one out. :smile:

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.09.08 07:19:29 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • “Sharks will be determent” :neutral:

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.09.08 08:14:47 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @PJLD (Comment 3) : damn streight ;)

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.09.08 09:11:45 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • Why would the elements or the referee favour one team more than the other?

    Is Mr Eloff suggesting that the ref has favoured them in the past? :wink:

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.09.08 10:02:05 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Loffie has a point can’t really rely on home ground advantage..people don’t make the effort anymore to head out to little nigeria..ontop of that Jo’burg is full of traitor fans that jumped ship and support the Sharks..hell most of them haven’t even set foot in Natal but they are ‘hardcore Sharks’ fans :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.09.08 13:47:32 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

    csbSuper Rugby player
  • this game is going to be a thriller!

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.09.08 16:38:36 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 7) : you’re telling me…

    Man, I can’t wait.

    And, it’s not on TV here… :twisted:

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.09.08 16:45:51 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • whats this i hear about a certain red card laubesghagne(sp) joiningthe Lions…?

    We certainly a union that gives has-beens a second chance and or spring board them onto international contracts..

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.09.08 17:20:35 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

    csbSuper Rugby player
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 9) : still a little bitter about big Joe?

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.09.08 17:46:33 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach

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