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Confident of Currie Cup upset

By unknown | Oct 26, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Khotha

Meshack Khotha

Determination and hard work will enable the Lions to win the Absa Currie Cup final against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein tomorrow.

This was according to Lions coach Eugene "Lofie'' Eloff ahead of the crucial away final against last year's joint winners.

Eloff said yesterday they had done their homework and were hungry to lift the title.

The astute Eloff did not entertain the fact that their opponents have home ground advantage.

"It does not matter whether you play at home or away, a final is a final. It is a once-off match and is more mentally orientated than physically so," he said.

"The physical work has been done in our camp, so mentally I need to get my team to believe that they can win.

"We will go all out and play with confidence and soak up the pressure from their threatening loose forwards."

An equally confident Lions captain, Ernest Joubert said: "The Cheetahs are riding the crest of the wave and are hot favourites to win the cup. But they are in for the shock of their lives, come Saturday. My team will leave no stone unturned to make sure we bring that elusive trophy back to Gauteng.''

Eloff has retained the same squad that earned them a place in the final after beating the Sharks 17-9 in the semifinals.

Some of the Lions players who are expected to rise to the occasion are centre Jaco Pretorius, eighth man Jacques Cronje and props Lawrence Sephaka and Heinke van der Merwe.

Cheetahs mentor Naka Drotske said they are not going to consider their Springbok players for this game as well.

"I will not not tamper with the present team because they have done so well to keep the Free State high for the whole season," said Drotske.

"It will be a tough game because the Lions are a difficult team to beat."


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