Lions hunt a bonus point

Business Day - - SPORTS DAY - Liam Del Carme

Hav­ing played in fits and starts for the bulk of their Cur­rie Cup cam­paign‚ the Golden Lions are look­ing for an 80-minute per­for­mance when they clash with the Pu­mas in Nel­spruit on Fri­day (7pm kick-off).

Any­thing short of a com­plete per­for­mance may put paid to their Cur­rie Cup as­pi­ra­tions be­cause a win for the Pu­mas could po­ten­tially lift them above the Lions into fourth sport and a place in the semi­fi­nals.

The Lions, who lead the Pu­mas by four points and have a su­pe­rior points dif­fer­ence, need to get a bonus point to stay ahead of their ri­vals.

Tight­head prop Ja­co­bie Adri­aanse warned that they can­not af­ford the lapses they have been prone to in this Cur­rie Cup against the Pu­mas.

“There were times dur­ing the sea­son our game was on point but the tricky thing was to make that an 80-minute ef­fort.

“We are look­ing for that per­fect game‚” said Adri­aanse.

The Lions who have not played for three weeks will need to hit the deck run­ning against the Pu­mas.

“We trained hard and we trained with game in­ten­sity. The coaches made sure we didn’t lose that match sharp­ness‚ also with the sce­nar­ios they cre­ated.

“With only six games [left]‚ ev­ery one mat­ters. It boils down to who­ever wins go through.”

Al­though much is at stake‚ Adri­aanse be­lieves the Lions will not treat the game like they would a knock-out match.

“We spoke about that and we are very ex­cited‚” he said. “We don’t fo­cus too much on a knock-out match. We want to go out and tick the boxes and put those pro­cesses in place.

“We looked at our mis­takes and we learned from it.”

He is con­fi­dent the team will not be af­flicted by rusti­ness af­ter their lay-off. “They will come with in­ten­sity‚ but so will we. We need to fo­cus on the things that are in our con­trol.”

The Lions have re­stored Spring­bok fly­half El­ton Jan­tjies to the team but lock Franco Mostert and Aphiwe Dyan­tyi have earned a break.

“He brings a lot of calm­ness‚” Adri­aanse said of Jan­tjies.

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