After more than a decade without major silverware on display in their trophy cabinet, Lions fans are enjoying their team's unbeaten run in the Currie Cup competition.
And the players of the table-topping Lions are also enjoying that winning feeling, after years of being also rans.
Stand-in Lions captain Joshua Strauss admitted that part of this season's success can be put down to continuity, while building a team since last year also contributed to their five-match victory run.
"We have been very fortunate to retain so many of our players, coming out of Super Rugby," he said, speaking to this website ahead of their Round Six encounter with Western Province in Cape Town on Friday.
"We have actually been building since last year's Currie Cup," the bearded loose forward said, adding: " To come through a competition like Super Rugby with most of your players [the team intact] and keep that continuity has been great for us."
The Lions have lost World Cup-winning flyhalf Butch James to the Springbok cause, with scrumhalf Jano Vermaak moving to the to the Bulls, while injury have robbed them of seasoned centres Doppies la Grange and Waylon Murray - robbing them of a serious chunk of their experience.
But Strauss feels the coaching staff have ensure the systems are in place to cope with such setbacks.
"During the season every player gets a chance to run in the team and work on aspects of the game," Strauss said.
"The players know what to do and our systems are working very well.
"So, when we lose players like Butch, Doppies and Jano the players just slot in."
He also felt that the Lions have the depth to cope with further setbacks.
"Yes, we have plenty of dept. We have some really great youth structures in place with Nico Serfontein and through John Mitchell the young guys are brought through, they shadow us ... so I feel the depth is first class."
The Western Cape native, Strauss, realise his adopted province will now be a target of all the other sides, but said they are not yet ready to drop down into the pack again.
"It is great to sit there [at the top of the table] and certainly a great feeling.
"Yes, we will be a target [for other teams], but we would rather sit at the top than at the bottom.
"We are doing well, but we are still taking it week by week and we don't think we have achieved anything yet. We will just keep working hard and keep that [winning] feeling."
Their next assignment is taking on a powerful WP team in Cape Town on Friday, with the notorious Cape winter storms set to add some spice to the occasion.
"Province are very physical and we all know their defence is top notch, well organised.
"However, we are looking forward to the challenge and will give it a full go."
He felt the Lions are equipped to deal with whatever conditions they encounter at Newlands.
"There is talk of rain, but we have had some rain here in Johannesburg this week so we have a good idea of what it will require.
"However, we are equipped to play in any conditions ... so whatever comes our way, we are up for it. We will see what happens on the day and make the adjustments."
By Jan de Koning
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