Are Golden Lions the real deal in Currie Cup this year?

By admin · August 6, 2011 · Filed in Lions Rugby

Off to a very good start – hopefully a good sign not only for this team, but also for Lions Rugby generally. Or do you reckon they’ll get a lesson at Loftus from the Blue Bulls with their released Springboks? What is the local (well at least Saffer) view of how Mitchell is settling in as coach?

Thanks for any insights.

Mark L

I’m a Lions fan.

No doubt it is a good start but there are a few areas for concern. They walloped Griquas 49-11 in Kimberley which was a huge result and a helluva performance. Kimberley is not an easy place to play; the turf is like concrete and it is fast, conducive to tries and the Lions, with a questionable defence, kept the Griquas quiet. Griquas were also installed by many as potential outsiders for the Currie Cup. It is Union that has made huge strides in the shadows of the ”Big 5” in recent seasons, just missing out on the playoffs last season.

But, aside from that, they then proceeded to concede 63 points over two games against the Pumas and Leopards, the teams who regularly contend for the ”wooden spoon”. This still highlights the Lions’ defensive frailties and it came against the competitions weakest opponents. During the game against the Leopards, the Lions found themselves cruising at 36-10 only to fall apart and rapidly concede 26 unanswered points and find themselves at 36-36 with 15 minutes to go. Granted, as is typical of their never-say-die attitude, they got it together and blitzed the Leopards for 17 unanswered points and came out 53-36.

Now, with all due respect to these 3 teams, they are not the Sharks or Province. The Lions will not easily score against these teams and any kind of defensive collapse will be the death of them. I’ve been a Lions fan all my life and every season we are touted as the one to watch, only for it to go to hell, so my days of counting chickens before they hatch are over. The Lions will be the real deal if they find themselves in a final. The Union is also in turmoil at the moment. Their sugar-daddy investors pulled out, leaving them with a massive hole in their budget.

The next Bok coach will have a lot of work to do with regards to defence. If John Mitchell can’t fix the Lions defence, I would not want him anywhere near a Bok set-up. I’d like to see the entire Stormers/Western Province coaching staff be looked at with regards to Bok jobs. They don’t score many tries, but you won’t score many against them either.

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No, they will fold again. At best they might finish 4th but won’t make the finals anyway.
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Common sense

Hard to tell at this stage, as most of the key players in the other teams are absent ! However the Lions have improved greatly, which is a reflection on their coach, just wish Mitchell was involved in the W.C somehow, we then might stand a chance !
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zac77 there is no way i would ever let the lions coach get near the springboks rassie is there so we have the best chance to win. He is the next coach as he is the best there is in SA at the moment he changed cheetah and wp rugby and will change the springboks.

Now i think the lions are well on their way to being in the semi finals but it is really early and the stronger teams with more players come and take over in the middle of the currie cup. The Bulls still has to fire and with their players coming back they will be a better team but they change to often. The Bulls will take a year or 3 to become the team they were. I think mitchell has allot more to do because winning 3 or 5 matches shows nothing he has to win a competition to be seen as a worthy coach by South Africa.
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Me, Myself and I
and i am a Bulls Supporter

Saturday should be an exciting match whomever wins. The Lions has got a very competitive team for the Currie cup final since they haven’t lost many players to the springboks. Basically the same team that played super 15. Other teams might be on the thinnish side due the springboks losses. Chances are great the no touring springbok will return to the Currie Cup. This will tip the favour to the Lions.
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I’m a Lions fan.

No doubt it is a good start but there are a few areas for concern. They walloped Griquas 49-11 in Kimberley which was a huge result and a helluva performance. Kimberley is not an easy place to play; the turf is like concrete and it is fast, conducive to tries and the Lions, with a questionable defence, kept the Griquas quiet. Griquas were also installed by many as potential outsiders for the Currie Cup. It is Union that has made huge strides in the shadows of the ”Big 5” in recent seasons, just missing out on the playoffs last season.

But, aside from that, they then proceeded to concede 63 points over two games against the Pumas and Leopards, the teams who regularly contend for the ”wooden spoon”. This still highlights the Lions’ defensive frailties and it came against the competitions weakest opponents. During the game against the Leopards, the Lions found themselves cruising at 36-10 only to fall apart and rapidly concede 26 unanswered points and find themselves at 36-36 with 15 minutes to go. Granted, as is typical of their never-say-die attitude, they got it together and blitzed the Leopards for 17 unanswered points and came out 53-36.

Now, with all due respect to these 3 teams, they are not the Sharks or Province. The Lions will not easily score against these teams and any kind of defensive collapse will be the death of them. I’ve been a Lions fan all my life and every season we are touted as the one to watch, only for it to go to hell, so my days of counting chickens before they hatch are over. The Lions will be the real deal if they find themselves in a final. The Union is also in turmoil at the moment. Their sugar-daddy investors pulled out, leaving them with a massive hole in their budget.

The next Bok coach will have a lot of work to do with regards to defence. If John Mitchell can’t fix the Lions defence, I would not want him anywhere near a Bok set-up. I’d like to see the entire Stormers/Western Province coaching staff be looked at with regards to Bok jobs. They don’t score many tries, but you won’t score many against them either.
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They looking better because they have Butch James now (haha) but no its Sharks all the way
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