Lions poised for Brumbies clash
Super Rugby fixture to mark Jantjie’s 100th cap
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.