Lions hungry for success in Durban


The Lions may not have won a rugby match in Durban for a long time, but they are ready to hang up the signs this weekend at Kingspark.

The Johannesburgers will play against the Sharks in a United Rugby Championship match on Saturday.

According to captain Marius Louw, he knows that Durban’s high humidity levels will have an influence on the showdown, but he is confident that the Lions can adapt to the conditions.

“A lot of the lads have played games at Kingspark and they are used to the humidity. In addition, the past few weeks in Gauteng have also been nice and warm with a little rain; yes-no, we are ready for the duel,” the center said.

The Lions are currently 12th in the official HRC standings, but they have played two fewer games than most of the other teams.

In contrast, the Sharks currently enjoy wooden spoon status with just one win in the team’s eight matches.

Ricardo Loubscher believes that the welcome break over the Christmas season has given Johannesburgers a definite boost.

“The break came at exactly the right time and our main focus now is to make sure we deliver a good performance against the Sharks. When you’re in Durban, you have to manage the game well and make sure you don’t give possession away unnecessarily,” said the Lions’ assistant coach.

The Lions are playing with renewed fire and passion these days and they have already collected seven bonus points in the latest version of the VRC series.

“We are proud of our consistency and synergy. We definitely play for each other and each guy plays a specific role in the group. In this way, we are definitely growing as a team and a union,” Louw concluded.

The match starts at 17:00 on Saturday and the action will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

  • PRC Scoring:
  1. Leinster: 34 points after nine games
  2. Benetton: 32 points after nine games
  3. Glasgow Warriors: 31 points after nine games
  4. Ulster: 28 points after nine games
  5. Edinburgh 26 points after nine games
  6. Bulls: 26 points after eight games
  7. Stormers: 26 points after nine games
  8. Ospreys: 25 points after nine games
  9. Connacht: 24 points after nine games
  10. Munster: 24 points after nine games
  11. Cardiff: 21 points after nine games
  12. Lions: 19 points after seven games
  13. Scarlets: 12 points after nine games
  14. Zebre: 12 points after nine games
  15. Dragons: 10 points after nine games
  16. Sharks: 8 points after eight games.