Lions poised for Brumbies clash

Su­per Rugby fix­ture to mark Jan­tjie’s 100th cap

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Liam Del Carme

Had he at the start of the sea­son been of­fered 31 log points af­ter 12 matches in this year’s Su­per Rugby com­pe­ti­tion‚ he would have taken it‚ in­sists Lions coach Swys de Bruin.

The coach has be­come tetchy when asked about his team’s re­cent per­for­mances‚ which now in­cludes three straight de­feats on their tour of Australasia.

The most re­cent back-to-back fi­nal­ists also suf­fered home de­feats to the Blues and the Cru­saders and although they’ve been im­pres­sive go­ing for­ward they haven’t nec­es­sar­ily done the same on the points ta­ble.

“We are con­fer­ence lead­ers and we are in the fight‚” De Bruin said de­fi­antly.

“It is all per­cep­tions‚” he said about the Lions’ per­ceived poor per­for­mances.

“The team has by far the most line breaks in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Seventy-five% is from the backs. Maybe ex­pec­ta­tions are high. If there is a prob­lem we’ll ad­dress it.

“We’ve scored 58 tries and the next best SA team has scored 41.

Let’s fo­cus on the pos­i­tives‚” he sug­gested.

While it is true that the Lions have main­tained their try scor­ing abil­ity‚ their game man­age­ment has let them down.

In the ab­sence of reg­u­lar cap­tain War­ren White­ley there has been an on field lead­er­ship vac­uum.

The Lions chose to name their team to play the Brumbies on in­ter­na­tional mu­seum day in­side the El­lis Park mu­seum yes­ter­day.

To­mor­row’s Su­per Rugby match will be fly­half El­ton Jan­tjies’ 100th.

“Ob­vi­ously this is a mas­sive mile­stone and some­thing I wanted to achieve.

“But it’s not about me‚ it’s about the team‚” said Jan­tjies.

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