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Lions will have to be patient

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions on 31 Jul 2008 at 07:23

It has been said before, but patience will have to be the Lions’ watchword in their Currie Cup rugby match against the Western Province here on Saturday afternoon.

Hennie Brandt writes in Beeld that a lack of patience cost Cobus Grobbelaar’s side dearly in their 11-16 defeat against the Sharks in the Shark tank last Saturday. The Lions won everything in the game, except on the scoreboard.

“We will have to practice more patience against WP,” Grobbelaar said on Wednesday.

“Besides that, we’ll also have to protect and retain the ball better, and make the right decisions about when to carry the ball and when to kick for territorial advantage. We kicked a lot of balls away unnecessarily against the Sharks.”

There is much at stake, as the Lions and the WP both have 17 points on the log. A home defeat for the Lions will be worse than a kick in the teeth.

Grobbelaar said Province will want to get their Currie Cup campaign on track again against the Lions following their losses against Griquas in Kimberley and the Falcons in Brakpan.

“WP is a good side and will want to use this game against us to compensate for their two weak performances against Griquas and the Valke to get on track again.”

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the Lions will want to exert a stranglehold on the WP in the forward play in order to gain the upper hand.

The Lions’ forwards have more than held their own in the set pieces in order to ensure good possession for their backline. However, owing to poor judgement and decision-making that possession has not always been put to good use.

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