Lions vs Stormers Super Rugby Preview

The Lions have an extraordinarily bad record against the Stormers as they have lost the last 10 straight Super Rugby matches against them.

That means that it has been 11 matches since the Lions last won a home game at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg – something they’d be desperate to turn around when they take on the South African Super Rugby conference leaders, the Stormers, on Saturday.

The Lions currently prop up the combined Super Rugby and South African conference logs after managing only one victory in their eight matches thus far this year, and that was in round four in Bloemfontein against the Cheetahs.

At home this year, the picture has been bleak for the Lions. They have lost to the Bulls (24-20), Blues (41-32), Reds (30-25) and the Western Force (27-15).

Their last home victory, was in the Super 14 in 2009, when the Lions defeated the Highlanders 27-22. Since then, it’s been one way traffic for opposition teams who have consigned the hosts to regular losses at home.

Amongst these home defeats is the historic match against the Chiefs last year in which an amazing 18 tries were scored. The team from Waikato ultimately won by 72-65, the biggest aggregate score in the history of the competition.

The Lions’ worst home defeat during this period was against the Blues (56-14) last year.

The Stormers were on the winning side during their last visit to Coca-Cola Park, when they beat the Lions by 26-13 in the first round last season.

On average the Lions scored 20 points against the Stormers who score 26 points against the Lions. In Johannesburg the scores are a little closer at 21-23.

Lions coach John Mitchell made seven changes for this match including bringing in former Bulls flyhalf Burton Francis.

Shortly after Mitchell announced the Lions team the Stormers announced that Peter Grant had to withdraw from the match after taking a knee knock.

That meant that the Stormers would be without Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana and Peter Grant as well as lock Rynhardt Elstadt.

The line ups for both teams are looking a little like second string teams so the injuries and changes level out between the sides.

When these teams met in Round Two they were vastly different teams. The Stormers have gone on to live up to their expectations while the Lions have slowly fizzled out and resumed their place at the bottom of the table.

The Bookies have given the Lions an 8 point start for this match – with an offer of Bet 10 and Get 10 in Bets. We think that the Lions players are losing faith in Mitchell and his philosophy and the Stormers on the whole still have faith in their coach and will want this a lot more. The Stormers should win by 10 points.

Last five results
26 Feb 2011 Lions v Stormers 16-19 Cape Town
13 Feb 2010 Lions v Stormers 13-26 Johannesburg
14 Mar 2009 Lions v Stormers 18-56 Cape Town
17 May 2008 Lions v Stormers 13-22 Johannesburg
07 Apr 2007 Lions v Stormers 8-30 Cape Town

Lions overall record against the Stormers
Played 14 , Wins 4 Losses 10, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Phillip Bosch (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)



Lions : Jaco Taute, Michael Killian, Waylon Murray, Doppies la Grange (capt.), Deon van Rensburg, Burton Francis, Jano Vermaak, Warren Whiteley, Michael Rhodes, Cobus Grobbelaar, David de Villiers, Wikus van Heerden, Jacobie Adriaanse, Bandise Maku, JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: Martin Bezuidenhout, Patric Cil

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