At least that’s what coach Ivan van Rooyen believes as the Cheetahs give Franco Smith a great send-off.
While the Golden Lions showed great determination throughout, the scoreline still flattered them.
The 24-year-old lock has shrugged off a litany of injuries to become one of the eye-catching players in this year’s Currie Cup.
The lock is on Rassie Erasmus’ standby list for the World Cup, but he just wants to win a Currie Cup title…
The Lions find substance with their usual style to gallop into the Currie Cup final against Free State.
The Sharks simply had no answer to their fast-finishing opponents on a thrilling evening in Bloemfontein.

Gutsy Golden Lions finally reach Currie Cup final again

Ivan van Rooyen’s troops still didn’t fire on all cylinders, but defended well and scrummed superbly against a Griqua team that forgot some of their strengths.

Sharks need ‘fuel in the tank’ for fast-finishing Cheetahs

Sean Everitt is wary of his counterpart Franco Smith’s shrewd use of the bench.

Doper to dasher: Stean Pienaar’s story of redemption

The rookie Lions winger was suspended for 22 months for a doping offence that could easily have been avoided. But he’s making up for lost time.

Sharks surprisingly change a winning team

And it’s the unlucky Henry ‘Boeta’ Chamberlain who’s the biggest victim of the shuffling.

Lions wary of hurting Griquas

Cash van Rooyen believes the adversity of the Peacock Blues losing their inspirational coach make them hungrier for glory.

Philosophical Thomas shrugs: ‘Sport is not a fairy tale’

The versatile Sharks prop missed the cut for the Boks’ World Cup squad, but you won’t hear him complaining too much.

Central regions dominate Currie Cup semifinal line-up

But the two most successful unions in the hallowed domestic tournament didn’t make the cut.

Things to look out for in this weekend’s Currie Cup action

Griquas need not complicate things in their home semifinal quest and Province encourage Damian Willemse’s ‘selfishness’.

Discarded Gqoboka immediately a Bulls inspiration again

Coach Pote Human can’t wait to see what the Bok prop has bottled up after missing out on World Cup selection.

Upbeat Marco accepts World Cup dream (probably) won’t happen

After being released from the national squad, the bustling flanker is ready to help his beloved Bulls prolong their Currie Cup campaign.

Currie Cup wrap: It’s down to the wire once again

But there’s some great news for high-flying Griquas.

Complacency is Lions’ downfall

14-man Blue Bulls launch a heroic rearguard as the Sharks get back on track.

Things to look out for in this weekend’s Currie Cup action

It’s patently undeniable: all that matters is Siya Kolisi’s return to competitive action.

Hacjivah Dayimani: From hare to a hulk

Earlier this year, there was a plan to turn the explosive Lions No 8 into a centre. That thought seems a bit silly currently.


 


 

 


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