Kavaliers poised to upset Lions in Currie Cup

The Golden Lions should not take a Currie Cup rugby victory against the Boland Kavaliers at Wellington for granted when they meet in Wellington on Friday afternoon.

The Wine Farmers are playing only their second home match in five outings and coach Deon Davids has already promised a much improved effort.

“Home matches are vital in the Currie Cup. We have had a disastrous result in Kimberley a fortnight ago, but improved a lot against the Blue Bulls over the weekend.

“Now we need to take a step up. We are playing in front of our home crowd and need to get back on the score board,” Davids said.

The Kavaliers had a poor start to the season, playing the Sharks, Griquas and the Blue Bulls away on three consecutive weekends.

From now on things can only improve and the Lions – still reeling after their home defeat against Griquas – should know a five pointer at Wellington is not guaranteed.

The Kavaliers expect the Lions’ match-winner scrumhalf Jano Vermaak, to be back in the mix, while the home team is confident loosehead prop Jano van Niekerk will pass a fitness test Tuesday.

Three players who sustained injuuries against the Bulls, tighthead prop Kobie Adriaanse, centre Dewey Swartbooi and winger Cornal Hendricks are expected to be fit.

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