Sharks utility back Francois Steyn wants his team to put in a big performance against the Lions and lay down a marker in their Super Rugby derby clash at Kings Park on Saturday.
Steyn says that he is happy to see the Lions back in Super Rugby but that is where the sentimentalities end as he wants the Sharks to have a "big one" against the Lions.
"I am happy for them that they are back from the wilderness, but we are looking forward to putting in a really big performance against them. We want to do ourselves proud by putting in a big one," Steyn told SuperSport.
Victories over conference rivals can be almost worth double points as the winner takes the points and also prevents their rivals from earning points but this weekend a Sharks victory over the Lions would most likely give the Sharks some breathering space in the South African conference.
All of the South African teams except the Sharks have lost at least one match and this week the Cheetahs and the Stormers have tough away matches while the Bulls have a home match against the Blues who hit form last week.
Steyn said that he will always be grateful to Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White as he was the coach who gave him his first Springbok cap in 2006 and says that he is enjoying playing under White again so much that he feels like a youngster again after struggling with injuries last season.
"When you have had lot of injuries, just to run freely again is fun and when you have no niggles you get into form much quicker. I am feeling very good about my game after struggling so much last year," said Steyn.
"Jake was the one who first gave me a chance at the Boks, so I will always be thankful towards him. It's nice to be at a place where the coach really understands you."
"I'm enjoying it and hopefully that will produce the form he wants."