Back to back seasons of high quality rugby finds the Lions on top of the log.
An error in judgement last year cost them the top spot and any chance of the title. It's wonderful to see them as top dogs this year ... as they should have been last year. It opens up a golden opportunity to take this one step further ... on home soil.
This has all been made possible by some of the country's best players and undoubtedly top of the line coaching. It's very sad to Coach Ackerman leave our shores.
Elton Jantjies has ended his season with a lot of confidence, displaying an awesome assortment of skills and touch. He has undoubtedly been key to our success and the best scrummie in the country, Ross Cronje has been there with him all the way.
Players like van Rooyen, Marx, Akker, Dreyer, Mostert, Erasmus and Ferreira set a platform up front for the rest to work from. Dominating the set piece is as vital as it's ever been.
What an awesome backrow we have in Jaco Kriel, Kwagga, Whiteley (Bok cpt), Ackermen and Brinck. Dominating the breakdown has become essential and most successful teams have focused a lot of attention tn this area. The Kings have had a great season because of there kingpin Cloete and his skills at 6.
A highly under rated player in Ross Cronje has made a massif difference. While the country focused on Faff, Paige and HouGat (absurd) as our top 9, he's gone about his business quietly. A great partnership and understanding with Elton Jantjies is the heart and soul of this team.
Swys de Bruin has got our backline firing on all cylinders. Guys like Skosan, Combrinck, Vorster, Janse van Rensburg, Mapoe, Coetzee and Mahuza, all rejects at some point in time, have learnt so much under his guidance over the years, and have shown the way for the rest of the SA franchises.
Hearty congrats for topping the log, Boys
It's all in your hands.
I know you'll give it your best shot to bring the title home.