Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
13 Sep 2013
6:00 am

Rivals target spot on top

Rudolph Jacobs

The lure of a temporary spot at the top of the Currie Cup table is on the menu for the Cheetahs and the Lions when they sharpen their rugby claws in Bloemfontein tonight.

FILE PICTURE: Coach of the Cheetahs, Naka Drotske. Picture: Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix.

Both teams have blown hot and cold this season with the Lions coming off a shaky 38-32 win against Griquas last weekend, while the Cheetahs played their worst game of the season last weekend in going down 26-10 to the Blue Bulls at Loftus according to their coach Naka Drotske.

There will be huge interest in the debut of Bees Roux for the Lions, but Drotske believed it could be a potential weak area for the visitors as prop hasn’t played a competitive game for some time.

In many ways both teams are up against their Achilles heel for different reasons, with Lions coach Johann Ackermann having addressed their poor first half defensive performances, while in contrast, the Cheetahs’ second half play has been their grey area.

With the Lions just two points behind log-leaders Western Province and the Cheetahs four, the result could put more pressure on the happenings of Kimberley and Loftus tomorrow as the competition’s sixth round is now starting to reach it’s business end.

Kick-off is at 7.10pm.