Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
19 Oct 2013
7:00 am

Lions happy with underdog tag

Rudolph Jacobs

Bring on that underdog tag. The Lions biggest ally in this afternoon's Newlands battle lies in the fact that nobody really believes they can beat Western Province in their own backyard.

Johan Ackermann. Picture: Gallo Images

Solid grounds exist for this sentiment, with the Lions showing a lot more weaknesses than the home team whose low error-rate and superb defence have installed them as overwhelming favourites for this Currie Cup semifinal.

Lions captain Derrick Minnie admitted a few early penalties could allow Province points machine Demetri Catrakilis to take the game away from them before they had even worked up a sweat.

“But we are feeling very positive about the game and have a great belief in ourselves.”

A battle royal is expected on the ground between the two skippers, Minnie and Province’s Deon Fourie, but it will take a collective effort and Province’s pack appeared to have the slight edge when it comes to comparing muscles.

Spare a thought for Lions lock Franco van der Merwe, who will run out in his 100th match in the Currie Cup.

What better way to celebrate it with an upset win over their old rivals?