Golden Lions captain Warren Whiteley insisted that his men are well aware of the dangers that lurk in the Sharks setup.
Golden Lions captain Warren Whiteley insisted that his men are well aware of the dangers that lurk in the Sharks setup ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final.
The Lions skipper, who made his debut as a substitute for the Springboks this year, told SuperSport.com that his men will enter Saturday’s semi-final under no illusions even though they have been tipped as favourites to progress to the final.
“They beat us a few weeks ago, and they are the defending champions so there is a lot of motivation,” said Whiteley.
“Their set-pieces are really strong and there’s a lot of motivation for us at the moment. They contest really well at the line-outs and we know how dangerous their backs can be with Sibusiso (Sithole) and Lwazi (Mvovo) there.
Whiteley would have taken note of the rise of Cobus Reinach as one of the best scrum-halves in the country, and after spending some time with the Sharks player in the national setup, he knows that his men would be wise to keep close tabs on the illusive runner.
“They’ve also got Cobus Reinach back. It’s definitely going to be a tough game for us and we need to prepare well for this week,” said Whiteley.
As for his team’s strengths, the Lions number eight pointed out that although his team’s first choice loose-forwards have been in prolific form this season, they would be nowhere without the impact their bench makes every week.
“I think we’ve got a good mix with our loosies, especially with a guy like Kwagga coming in as a youngster. Willie (Britz) is always on my tail, and that’s important – the guys coming off the bench always seem to make a difference.
“It pushes the guys who are starting. I know I need to perform otherwise the next guy will come on and I know he will make a difference. If you look at our whole bench, it is one of our strengths at the moment.”
While securing turnovers has been one of the key strengths of the Lions loose-forwards, their ability to help turn that pressure into points on the counter attack is one of the reasons Jaco Kriel is the leading try-scorer with eight five-pointers to his name.