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It was al­ways go­ing to be cru­cial to get off to a win­ning start and the Lions did that, but only just. Their trip to Bloem­fontein to take on the new Currie Cup cham­pi­ons, un­der the guid­ance of Franco Smith, was al­ways go­ing to be a big ask. The Lions strug­gled and looked to be head­ing for a de­feat un­til Ro­han Janse van Rens­burg, who was fab­u­lous in the early rounds, scored a match-win­ning try four min­utes from time. Over the course of the sea­son the Lions and Sharks would end up meet­ing three times and while their third match was the most dra­matic of all, the first clash at El­lis Park was also a big one for The match between the two form teams, the Lions and Storm­ers, on April 15 in Cape Town had every rugby fan in South Africa glued to their screens. The Lions were un­beaten and the the home outift. In a ding-dong bat­tle, where no team re­ally got the bet­ter of the other and where Cur­win Bosch put on a qual­ity kick­ing dis­play, the Lions scored a 76th minute try by Jaco Kriel to stay un­beaten. It was a mas­sive vic­tory. Storm­ers were com­ing off a 34-26 win against the Chiefs the week be­fore. The Lions bossed the game, scored four tries to the home team’s one and showed South Africa they were still the best Su­per Rugby out­fit in the coun­try.

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