Eloff readying Lions for Currie Cup Semi-final

Lions coach Eugene Eloff will start plotting the downfall of his Currie Cup semi-final opponents, the Sharks, on Monday morning.

Following the Lions’ courageous efforts against Western Province at Newlands on Saturday, they have qualified to play the Sharks in Durban in one of the two semi-finals to be played on Saturday.

The Sharks finished top of the league stage of the Currie Cup log and earned themselves a home semi-final clash. In the other semi-final, the Blue Bulls will host the Free State Cheetahs at Loftus.

“Whether we had to play in Durban or Pretoria it is going to be tough,” said Eloff.

“We have a good track in Durban and ideally I would love the team to travel as little as possible but it does not matter now. We’ve reached the play-offs and that’s it.”

Eloff said the Sharks’ turn-over ability posed the biggest danger to his side’s ability to triumph in Durban on Saturday. “The Sharks, like (Western) Province, are very dangerous when they turn over ball,” said Eloff.

“Both these teams will punish you severely when they secure turn-overs.

“If the Lions open up the game and are not accurate and make errors, these two sides make you pay. “So we will have to be much more clinical at the breakdowns.

“We’ll wait for them (the Sharks) to come clean out the rucks because that’s where it will be the real test of character.

“Look, it’s been a long time since the Sharks have last won the Currie Cup so they will be feeling the pressure.”

The Lions last won the Currie Cup in 1999 and the Sharks’ championship achievement goes back even further to 1996.

Sapa – CurrieCupRugby.com

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