Lions no longer grumble against local rivals

Henry

A season or two or three ago, the Lions struggled to hold a candle to other local teams on the rugby field.

But with the Jukskei derby against the Bulls around the corner, the Johannesburgers are ready to once again show friend and foe that they are no longer simply afraid of other South African teams.

After all, they finished the previous United Rugby Championship showdown between the two teams 29 – 25. On the very Loftus Versfeld.

“Yes, we have struggled against South African opponents for the past few years, but our recent performances have shown that this is a thing of the past,” said Marius Louw.

Still, the Lions captain knows that the Pretorians will be anything but cannon fodder on their home field.

“They have played very good rugby in the last few weeks and we know exactly how dangerous they can be. They’re a physical game and like to run the ball to their backline.”

In the Lions’ most recent games, he dealt with the Sharks at Kingspark, among other things, while an inexperienced team produced a good performance against Montpellier away from home.

However, last weekend’s defeat of 38 – 28 against the Ospreys at Ellis Park leaves a sour taste in the mouth; especially when you consider that the home team was leading 28 – 17 ten minutes before the final whistle.

According to Louw, the Lions will not simply take their foot off the accelerator again; a good performance for the full 80 minutes is needed to beat the Bulls at Fort Loftus.

The game kicks off on Saturday at 15:00 at Loftus Versfeld and the action is broadcast live on SuperSport.

Previous HRC results between the Bulls and Lions:

4 March 2023: Lions 29 – 25 Bulls

17 September 2022: Bulls 31 – 15 Lions

February 5, 2022: Bulls 21 – 13 Lions

January 29, 2022: Bulls 34 – 10 Lions

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. Lions: 23 points after eight games
  12. Cardiff: 21 points after nine games
  13. Scarlets: 12 points after nine games
  14. Zebre: 12 points after nine games
  15. Dragons: 10 points after nine games
  16. Sharks: 9 points after nine games.