The Highveld Lions will not allow their champions-elect status to lower their intensity levels when they host the Warriors in Johannesburg in the final round of Sunfoil Series fixtures. Victory over the Dolphins last week put the bizhub Highveld Lions almost 30 points clear at the top of the table and out of reach of the chasing pack, but captain Stephen Cook says they won’t be seeing this as an opportunity to take a step back: ‘We spoke after last week’s game and obviously guys were ecstatic about the trophy, but we also remembered this time last year when we were having some dark days and looking for any sort of result. That’s still in the back of everyone’s minds, and we don’t want to slip into any bad habits that could harm us moving forward as a team. In theory we could make a few changes and give opportunities to a few others, but we’re going to stick to our strongest XI and continue in the same vein.’
Thami Tsolekile is a doubt for the game after injuring a finger last week, but Dominic Hendricks is standing by to take the gloves and Alviro Petersen is available to return to the batting line-up if required. The task of taking on the champions is likely to be a thankless one for the Chevrolet Warriors, who have little more than pride to play for. However, coach Malibongwe Maketa plans to set his side up with an eye on their plans for next season, which means that there are unlikely to be any changes.
He said: ‘The majority of the guys are the players we want to go forward with, so we want them to play as a unit as much as possible so that we can build a team that’s going to be competitive in this competition next season.’
HEAD TO HEAD – Highveld Lions vs Warriors
Matches Played 21
Lions Win 8
Warriors Win 4