EXPECT PLENTY OF ADDED SPICE WHEN LIONS TAKE ON STORMERS IN A CRACKERJACK AFFAIR TODAY
IF THERE’S one team that’s going to bring out the best in the Lions it’s the Stormers. And what a fascinating match is in store.
The teams clash at 3.05pm at Ellis Park today in a round three Super Rugby match and while it is still early in the season, how the teams go over the 80 minutes will give a good indication of what we can expect come the business end of the competition later on in the year.
Already the Stormers have shown they could be a genuine contender –
having beaten the Hurricanes and Bulls at Newlands and kept those teams pointless – but this is their first away game and the Lions, despite a rocky start to 2020, have a good record at home.
Ivan van Rooyen’s Lions lost badly (38-8) in their first game, away to the Jaguares, and scraped past the Reds in an unconvincing performance last weekend, but with the Stormers visiting you can be sure they’ll want to fire properly.
There’s always a bit of added spice when these teams meet and today will be no different. The Lions will want to become the first to put points on the board against the Stormers – and also register a win – while the Capetonians will want nothing more than to make it three-in-a-row and turn the tables on what is a good home record for the Lions against the Stormers.
In their last 10 meetings, the Lions have won six times and drawn once, with the Stormers winning just three times, and last year at Ellis Park the
Lions won handsomely, 41-22.
A third win on the trot for the Stormers would set them up very nicely for the rest of the competition, while a defeat for the Lions would leave them with one win and two defeats and that just days out from their embarking on a gruelling four-week tour of Australasia starting next week.
Today’s match – between two of the oldest rivals in rugby – promises to be another crackerjack affair. See Sport | Jacques van der Westhuyzen