As South Africa’s pride prepare to maul the Super Rugby giants in red and black, let’s get behind Warren Whiteley and his team
All the Bulls, Stormers and Sharks fans will surely put aside their loyalties tomorrow and join us in cheering for the Lions as they face “Mission Impossible” in the Super Rugby final against the Crusaders.
We say “Mission Impossible” because the Crusaders have been in rampant form and the travel factor will count heavily against the Lions – they have had to fly across 10 time zones just to get to Christchurch.
For years and years, there has been a clamour to institute a two-week break between the semi-final and the final to give the travelling side a fair roll of the dice. But still, the rugby bosses won’t listen.
In any case, the Lions deserve to have reached their third consecutive final. While it hasn’t been a flawless season for the Lions, they have done enough to finish at the top of the South African conference yet again, and they’ve also brought some much-needed positivity on the South African front, seeing that this year has been all but super for their South African counterparts.
This year, the Stormers have made headlines for all the wrong reasons – record defeats, managerial turmoil and a terrible away record – while the Sharks have also seen better days than the ones they had to live through in 2018. The Bulls, on the other hand, although they looked an improved team, haven’t been able to translate their improved performances into a lot of wins either.
So can the Lions end South Africa’s almost 10-year title drought? It will take a massive effort; no doubt about that. The fact that the Crusaders have lost only two games on home soil in the last three years is yet another daunting statistic. But in sport anything can happen. And often does!
So, as South Africa’s pride prepare to maul the Super Rugby giants in red and black, let’s get behind Warren Whiteley and his team.
This week, Lions coach Swys de Bruin said the Crusaders have been “unreal”, but that he is not despondent about his team’s chances as he “believes in miracles”.
So do we, coach, so do we.