Johannesburg – Golden Lions inside centre Howard Mnisi believes they have placed last year’s Currie Cup heartbreak behind them and they will use the lessons for Saturday’s final against Western Province in Johannesburg.
Mnisi, who featured in
“Last year was obviously a disappointment, we’ve taken a lot of lessons from it and personally it is just being composed and making sure,” Mnisi said.
“It is an important
Mnisi has been a crucial member in this year’s campaign not only because of his playing ability but also thanks to his leadership qualities.
The Lions were uncharacteristically flat-footed against a determined Free State Cheetahs team in last weekend’s Currie Cup semi-final at Ellis Park.
Mnisi believed the team would make the step-up as they go in search of their first Currie Cup silverware since 2011.
“The Cheetahs gave it
“I can’t see us going into this match with the same mentality.”
Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann reiterated this week that he wanted his charges to enjoy themselves on the
“The only pressure you have
“We’ve learned over the last two seasons that you don’t have to worry about the result you just have to make sure you perform and the result will take care of itself.
“The major thing for us is the performance, the way we play and how we approach the game, stay within our structures.”
Kick-off is at 13:45 on Saturday.
15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Courtnall Skosan, 13. Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Warren Whiteley, 7. Kwagga Smith, 6. Jaco Kriel (captain), 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Lourens Erasmus, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Ruan Dreyer, 18. Fabian Booysen, 19. Stephan de Witt, 20. Jaco van der Walt, 21. Stokkies Hanekom, 22. Sampie Mastriet
15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Dillyn Leyds, 13. Johnny Kotze, 12. Juan de Jongh (captain), 11. Seabelo Senatla, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6. Rynhardt Elstadt, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Jean Kleyn, 3. Wilco Louw, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Michael Willemse, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Chris van Zyl, 19. Jurie van Vuuren, 20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Huw Jones