It has been a winless year for the Lions so far, but they see this weekend’s Currie Cup game against the league favorites as an opportunity to turn their season around.
The Lions will face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday and are eager to win.
“It is an opportunity to turn around the results of our season,” said coach Mziwakhe Nkosi on Thursday.
“It doesn’t get any easier to visit the league favourites, but that’s the nature of the league. We expect a motivated Cheetahs team looking to play an extended game on their home turf.”
Nkosi has called a strong match-23 with the explosive center combination of Tyler Bocks and James Mollentze. Experienced flyhalf Fred Zelinga is tasked with leading the charge as flyer Rabz Maxwane starts on the right wing against his former team.
“We’ve talked extensively about implementing our plans and, more importantly, maintaining our focus for extended periods of the game,” Nkosi said.
“Looking back on our last appearance against the Sharks, we felt that costly mistakes let us down and we know that a team like the Cheetahs will strike if given the chance.
“If we can narrow down those small mistakes, we think we have a real chance of getting a positive result,” he added.
lions: Tiaan Swanepoel, Rabz Maxwane, James Mollentze, Tyler Bocks, Divan Rossouw, Fred Zeilinga, Jurich Claasens, Jarod Cairns, Emmanuel Tshituka, Sibusiso Sangweni, Simon Dinisio, Lunga Ncube, Asenathi Ntlabakanye (capt), PJ Botha Bank: Dameon Venter, Banele Mthenjane, Chergin Fillies, Izan Esterhuizen, MJ Pelser, Ginter Smuts, James Tedder, Luke Rossouw