Preview: Lions vs Stormers

The Lions travel to Cape Town to face the highly rated Stormers, with the Cape side still well in the running to host a play-off spot and topping the SA Conference.

The Lions have suspended their coach John Mitchell and John Ackerman has taken over as Head coach in the interim.

Will the Lions be able to put all the uncertainty of next season behind them and all the off field shenanigans and deliver a performance worthy of SupeRugby?

Pat Cilliers, Jaco Taute and CJ van der Linde have all been excluded from the side with the latter’s availability on the bench dependent on a late fitness test.

It’s the same team that beat the Sharks with only CJ vd Linde and Pat Cilliers missing out. And its here where I believe the Lions will fall short. The Stormers are individually probably the strongest side in the competition. Their man on man defense is the most effective of all the sides, and this is where the Stormers will beat the Lions.

The Stormers are also missing a couple of key plays with Eben Etsebeth being the most noticeable. This is a Stormers side that might give the Lions the opportunity to cause an upset, but with all that has happened to the Lions recently and especially with the game being played in Cape Town, I can’t see the Lions upsetting the Apple cards.

The Lions will play a better and more conservative game plan which will assist their cause, but in the end, the Cape side will be too strong in contact and in defense and beat the Lions by between 8 and 15 points.

13 comments to Preview: Lions vs Stormers

  • Lions

    Ek hoop jys weer reg Willa dit sal lekker wees as die leeus wen. Ek sien Josh se hulle gan vir mekaar speel en wil nog n upset veroorsaak
    Ek wonder of die ding met JM nie al n hele ruk aan die gang is nie want hoe kon n span wat die cc gewen het so vrot gespeel het en dan die sharks wen.

  • Lions, ek voorspel n Stormers wen.

  • StefJo

    Ek sien hul sê Peter Grant het die beste kicking stats van ons flyhalves. Dan Jantjies (83%) en dan Steyntjie (76%).
    Obviously het Steyn 10 keer meer skoppe pale toe gejaag, maar dat Jantjies se stats so lyk as span se eerste keuse skopper dink ek nie dis te bad nie!

  • Lion4ever

    I feel the Lions will be out to impress the scouts out there. Show what they can do individually and in a team. Maybe I am being cynical, but maybe they feel if they win their last 3 games, and look good while doing it, they will have offers that will be too good to refuse.

    If this team plays like they played against the Sharks, they do stnad a good chance of winning. Possibly Ackers would have been practicing a similar kind of game plan, and one that the players are comfortable with, we will see a bit too late what this team could have been capable of.

  • Lions

    Skuus Willa ek het net die Lions by between 8 and 15 gesien sal my leer om mooi te lees

  • Hahahahaha

    Geen probleem ou maat. Hoe gan dit met die family?

  • mufasa62

    Ek het ook ‘n gevoel dat hierdie ding met JM al ‘n geruime tyd lank broei want ‘n mens kon sien dat die spelers nie as ‘n span saam gespeel het in die games voor die sharks game nie en dat hulle nie gelukkig was nie dinge het verseker nie reg gelyk nie ‘n mens kon dit sommer op ‘n myl ver aanvoel. Dit is asof daar nou skielik meer kalkmte in die kamp onder die spelers is. Ek voel weer ons lostrio gaan amok maak en as ‘n eenheid baie beter vaar as hulle sin en dis waar ons die game gaan wen hierdie naweek.

    Ek voorspel ‘n upset teen die stommers hierdie naweek, ek glo ons gaan hulle eet soos ‘n mielie, en ek glo weer ons ook meer konserwatief speel en meer skop vir gebiedsvoordeel en dan in hulle gebied aanval en so ons kanse gebruik.

    My voorspeling is dat die die leeus met 5 punte gaan wen.

  • Lions

    Baie goed dankie het nog n 10 maande meisie by verder dieselfde en met julle daar die kant?

  • Geluk ou maat! Dis awesome! Well done!

    Goed man, weet mos. Kyk Noord en voeter voort.

  • Dewaldt

    Strauss will want to show HM he belongs there. Jantjies wants to show why he was backup.The team just looks happier. Don’t think it was a case of JM only liking certain players. Looks like someone who didn’t have favourites.One of 2 things will happen. We will fall behind,make a late onslaught and fall short,or we trample on them like we did to the Sharks?Let’s start like a house on fire. The only way to beat the Stormers and this is cliche…to score tries against them..they don’t know what its like to concede 4 in a game.I say play more expansive…Dominate upfront and when in our own 22…Kick the ball OUT…Contest,run it back ( when on ), when not kick it OUT behind them..Challenge the lineout…..Think the 3 week break did me better than the players… :-). So like the 1st game of the year…My heart says Lions by 8. And Jantjies to score at least 20 of the 32 points.

  • Lions

    Ons het die game verloor toe Jantjies agter toe getackle was in die 68ste min maar dit moes n penalty gewees het vir ons want waar was die daylight toe. Kon n heel ander game gewees het

  • Jys reg Lions, op daai stadium was ons manne van hulle voete af moeg, die voories het net nie meer krag gehad nie, en niemand was daar om Elton te ondersteun nie.

    Bekker het oorgeval en was nie op sy voete nie.

    3 minute later toe hulle die bal deur skop, toe speel hulle die bal uit n ruck met hulle hande, moes n penalty vir ons gewees het.

    Daai twee oomblikke het die momentum geswaai.

    Kyk, ek dink nie ons sou gewen het nie, maar ons kon met n punt of twee verloor het.

  • Lions

    Ek voel as ons daar 3punte gekry het sou ons 2de asem in geskop het us hul 2de drie sou nie gewees het nie.

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