26.11.2020 04:31 pm
After having two games cancelled in the Unlocked series, the pressure could be on the Lions to make up lost ground in their Currie Cup opener against Griquas in Kimberley tomorrow.
The Lions are not going to have sleepless nights over having to start their Currie Cup campaign 11 points behind leaders the Blue Bulls, according to coach Cash van Rooyen.
The hooker Dylan Richardson will also play among the loose-forwards in changed team to take on the Pumas in Durban.
Moerat is chuffed at how his combination with JD Schickerling has developed.
There are several changes to the team for the Currie Cup opener against the always tricky Pumas on Friday in Durban.
The former Springbok wing has been a surprise package at inside centre for the Bulls, proving an industrious supplier for his fellow backs and a sturdy rock in defence.
The Bulls start in prime position, with the log points from their championship-winning Super Rugby Unlocked campaign having been carried over.
The 23-year-old, who is in good form thanks to an extended run, was full of praise for young scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba and centre Marius Louw.
Assistant coach Hlungwani has a bit of a dig at the Unlocked champions, who played four games at home and struggled in their two away matches.
The former SA Schools player has not had any contact with family and has been missing for some time now.
While brute physical strength once again seems hip in South African rugby and the Bulls’ pack was certainly the most physical in the competition, Matfield believes the team’s success went well beyond simple forward-based rugby.
The forwards coach is satisfied with his players’ performance in the lineouts, but there are still concerns around the scrumming.
With log points carried forward, there’s plenty to do for the men from Bloemfontein as the 2020 Currie Cup kicks off.
Though they pushed the eventual champions in their opening game, losing by just 30-23, Griquas were defeated in all six of their Super Rugby Unlocked matches.
“Seven months ago you would have said we had no chance, so it’s a massive relief and the players will gain confidence from this.”