Sithole: Lions aren’t unstoppable

Date published: October 15 2014

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Sharks utility back S’bura Sithole insists that the Lions are not unstoppable ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final at Ellis Park.

Sharks utility back S’bura Sithole insists that the Lions are not unstoppable ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final at Ellis Park.

Although he agreed that they would be slight favourites to come out on top on Saturday in Johannesburg, Sithole is not expecting it to be easy.

“The Lions might seem like they’re the complete team, but every side is beatable,” he said in the build-up to the showdown.

“Province went on a long winning streak at the beginning of the season, but eventually that unbeaten run was broken.

“So whether you’re at the top or the bottom, there are no guarantees.”

In their last meeting the Sharks prevailed 26-23 in Durban and if there is one lesson Sithole and his team-mates will take from the encounter, it would be that no mistake will go by unpunished.

The 24-year-old said that they are expecting the Lions to be far more clinical, but insisted that his team would not deviate from the recipe that has seen them win their last five matches.

He added that it would be far more important for the Sharks to continue making improvements to their game to ensure the good run of form they have enjoyed of late carries them through the play-offs.

“There is always something to work on, but we’ve begun to gel nicely as a team in recent weeks, and played some nice rugby,” said Sithole.

“We need to keep that going now that it’s the knockout stage. The mood in the camp is pretty good and everyone is very keen. There are a few nerves but that can also be a good thing.”

In the other semi-final, Western Province host the Blue Bulls at Newlands.

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