The Lions base their game on teamwork, which through necessity has allowed them to compensate for their lack of physical attributes and to create an environment where their strengths may be expressed. However within this structure, there are some components that play a more crucial role in the context of the game plan and in my view have a greater reliance on their performance than others.
For the Lions to do well in the 2015 Super Rugby competition there are two issues they need to improve on.
While the Lions managed to turn Ellis Park (now Emirates Airlines Park) into a virtual fortress in 2014, losing only two matches at home, their away record was poor with only one win on the road. In 2015 they need to win more matches on the road while maintaining their home winning record.
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2015 is going to be much harder than 2014 in many respects for the Lions. This year brings with it a burden of expectation, the likes of which have not been felt for some time. It however also brings in an element of excitement and self belief and a brand of rugby that if perfected, will be unstoppable.
Super Rugby 2014 saw a number of Lions players make the step up from the nether regions of rugby and some players got well deserved call ups to the Bok squad, albeit on the fringes.
It’s official! Emirates will be the Lions main sponsor for the next 5 years and the deal includes the name sponsorship of Ellis Park. The Emirates deal is rumoured to be in excess of R30 million (£1.8 million) a year. The Lions will be known as Emirates Lions and Ellis Park’s name changes to Emirates Airline Park.
But this is not all! Chinese telecommunications company, Huawei, comes in as additional sponsor for one year, with the option to renew for a further three years.
I have always felt that the Rugby industry has been particularly soft on players wishing to break their contracts and leave for greener pastures. The latest story of Coach Ackerman considering a lucrative offer from a Japanese club is of particular concern to me.