Lions still have plenty to fix up


The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Ru­dolph Ja­cobs

They might still be a work in progress, but the Lions will need to take a big step up be­fore host­ing the un­beaten Storm­ers in their Su­per Rugby clash this week­end, coach Cash van Rooyen ad­mits.

The Lions scored their first win by strug­gling past the Reds with a 27-20 vic­tory at a soaked Ellis Park over the week­end, but there was con­cern about their scrum be­ing on the back foot for much of the game.

“Against the Storm­ers we need to be bet­ter on at­tack, im­prove our de­fence and be bet­ter in our set- pieces,” Van Rooyen said.

“It would be nice though to just have a nor­mal week, which wasn’t the case last week when we had to re­turn from Ar­gentina.”

There was some con­cern over the con­cus­sion of flank Vin­cent Tshi­tuka, but the Lions could be boosted this week by the in­tro­duc­tion of big Willem Al­berts.

“We will have a look at Willem on Mon­day (to­day) and Tues­day, and if he comes into con­sid­er­a­tion he will be able to add much phys­i­cal­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence,” Van Rooyen said.

The big high­light of the game was the brace of tries scored by right wing Ty­rone Green, who pro­duced a spark when it was needed most.

“Ty­rone had a good game and a few oth­ers, but he is a spe­cial player and when he gets the ball he needs a bit of time and space, but when he gets pos­ses­sion he def­i­nitely adds a spark,” Van Rooyen said.

The stop-start na­ture of the game saw the Lions scor­ing four tries to two, but it was only a 68th minute try by wing Court­nall Skosan and a 75th minute penalty by cap­tain El­ton Jan­tjies which put day­light be­tween the two sides.

“The Reds are a good set-piece team and they also scrummed very well the pre­vi­ous week against the Brumbies, but we def­i­nitely have to fix some ar­eas,” Van Rooyen ad­mit­ted.

“The con­di­tions def­i­nitely played a role and the Reds are a team that come hard at you at the break­down, I don’t think it’s re­ally an un­der­stand­ing is­sue be­tween player and coach, but I think a lot of them haven’t played to­gether pre­vi­ously.”

Pic­ture: Gallo Im­ages

OVER THE WHITE­WASH. Lions wing Ty­rone Green cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing a try against the Reds in their Su­per Rugby match at Ellis Park on Satur­day.

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