The Lions have 5 Super Super 14 Points! That’s 40% of the log points they scored in the 2008 Competition and while the victory over the Cheetahs was deserved the big question is – Are their next opponents the Sharks quaking in their boots yet?…
Not likely! Unlike the plethora of sulking Cheetahs fan’s who called in to SuperSport after the game to cry about referee Craig Joubert, I firmly believe the better team won on the day, and won well. Both yellow cards were justified and to be honest Meyer Bosman was lucky not to get a red card for what was a cheap shot. The Lions had the majority of the possession; their scrum annihilated the Cheetahs and at times their offloading in the tackle and pace out wide was quite sublime. It’s true that they couldn’t buy lineout ball and the Cheetahs are hardly top drawer opposition but the game never lacked excitement and anything other than a Lions victory would have been a travesty.
Andre Pretorius looked rusty and took a while to settle down. Maybe its just me or the fact that I recently upgraded my television set to a 50 inch ‘big boy’ but Andre looks like he spent his time in rehab scoffing all the pies. The former Bok fly-half was a patch on his old self and is going to take a few games to settle back into the pace of Super rugby. The Lions loosies just shaded their fancied counterparts with Willem Alberts proving a handful when he managed to work up a head of stem. American import Todd Clever showed some real muscle and is certainly a powerful individual who could yet become a fan favourite. Ashwin Willemse scored two tries on his return and can be proud of his work-rate while Shark retread Henno Mentz thrived on the Lions policy of spreading it wide and played with real passion.
Speaking of the Sharks, unless the men in black implode spectacularly at Newlands they can bank on an easy five pointer at Kings Park in round two. The Lions are an improved side who will give a few teams a run for their money but they remain a bottom five side. Then again they are my bottom five side!Tweet