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Saturday 24th September 15:10 GMT

 

Round 8 of the 2016 Currie Cup draws to a close on Saturday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, when bottom of the table Eastern Province Kings play host to the reigning Champions, the Lions. The Kings have played and lost all six of their fixtures this season, and have managed to collect just a solitary losing bonus point. After a number of heavy defeats, they hit rock bottom last weekend when they travelled to Durban to face the play-off chasing Sharks. In sodden conditions, the Kings slipped to their heaviest defeat of 2016 0-53, a second successive fixture where they conceded over 50 points.

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Next weekend will probably provide the Eastern Province Kings with their best opportunity of the season to secure a victory, as they face the other winless team, the Pumas, also in Port Elizabeth. The Lions know that a win is absolutely essential on Saturday, if they are to maintain hopes of making the play-offs, and the chance to defend their title, won in such style in 2015. Going into Round 8, the Golden Lions are in sixth position in the table with 17 points, leaving them two points behind fourth placed Griquas, and one point adrift of Western Province, who face each other on Friday in Kimberley. Even a win against the Kings, and against the Sharks next week in Johannesburg ay not be enough to see the Lions into the knockout phase of the tournament.

Posted: 8th August 2015

 

The 2014 Currie Cup runners up, the Golden Lions, begin their quest to go one better in 2015 and clinch their first title since 2011, on Saturday, with a visit to Port Elizabeth to face the Eastern Province Kings. The Kings had a disastrous campaign in 2014, finishing with the wooden spoon at the end of the regular season. Collecting just six points through the a season that brought just a solitary victory to set alongside nine defeats. Their lone win didn't come until the final round of fixtures, when they squeezed the narrowest of successes 26-25 against the Pumas. The 2014 season saw the Golden Lions win six and draw one of their regular season fixtures, including home and away victories over the Kings, by 41-22 away from home, and a massive 60-19 on home soil.

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The runners-up spot in the table, gave the Lions a home semi-final against the Natal Sharks, who they had beaten in the final the last time that they had claimed the trophy. A thumping win against the Sharks, sent them to Newlands in Cape Town to face the Western Province (WP). However, WP were not to lose a second successive home final, and won a thrilling encounter by just 19-16.

Posted: 30th August 2014

 

The Golden Lions will hope that their visit to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday from Currie Cup fixtures to face bottom of the table Eastern Province Kings, will enable them to get their 2014 campaign back on track, after last week's defeat to Western Province in Cape Town. Lions had started the season with two emphatic wins at Ellis Park, against the Blue Bulls and in the first fixture against Saturday's opponents, the EP Kings, both of which brought try-scoring bonus points.

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However, last weekend was not only their first game away from home, but also their first match against a side from the top half of the table, and they came up well short, beaten 27-14 by the table topping Western Province. Golden Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made a number of changes to his 22-man squad for Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Ruan Combrinck starts at fullback, with Lionel Mapoe on the right wing and Stokkies Hanekom moving back to outside centre. Alwyn Hollenbach comes back into the side at inside centre, while Andries Coetzee will pull the strings in the No.10 jersey. Captain Warren Whiteley returns at No.8 with Jaco Kriel joining him in the loose trio.


Tags: Currie Cup, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Eastern Province Kings, Golden Lions, Johan Ackermann, Warren Whiteley, Jaco Kriel
Posted: 24th September 2016


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