With 1 from 10, the Lions now head to Brisbane to face the defending Champs, the Reds on Saturday Morning. After some gave the Lions an actual chance of beating the Blues last week-end, and being demolished by the then bottom of the log team, the only optimism is surely that the Lions are having an awesome holiday if one looks at some of their Facebook statuses.
But moving on to the important part, the Reds killed the log leading Chiefs last week, and one can only wonder what the defending Champs will do to the Lions.
The Touring side actually managed a victory over the Reds in Brisbane a couple of seasons ago under Loffie Eloff.
The Lions’ line-out worked okay last week, but got demolished in the scrum, that was until CJ van der Linde made his appearance. Hopefully the Jo’burg side will be good at line-outs and scrums this week. But being good at their set piece is irrelevant, when you have the worst handling error stat in the competition. The Lions’ strength used to be taking the ball through numerous phases, build pressure and collect points, but taking the ball through more than five phases this season has been a rare occurrence.
Pathetic handling, and poor execution has been the norm.
Every-one is blaming poor kicking as a reason we’re struggling, but a kick is only as good as it’s chasers. And this is where the commitment and attitude falls short. The Worst chasers in the business. The defending team has enough time to collect the ball, play an entire round of 30 seconds, have lunch and then maybe we’ll see a Lions chaser in picture.
Commitment in defense has also been poor, especially when a line has been broken, watch the lazy players jog and as my coach always used to say, have time to take some quality pictures of the try being scored.
Guys, we’re in for another hiding. A Bigger one than last week, and with the return of Quade Cooper, things have just gotten worse. The only thing I’m looking forward to is watching Jaco Taute at 12, he had a blinder last week and was the only Lions player effective in attack and defense.
Don’t ruin your Saturday by expecting anything.
The Reds will win the game by quite a margin, and will cement our position as the wooden spoon holders. But hey, at least the guys will have the opportunity to visit Perth next week.
15 Andries Coetzee; 14 Deon van Rensburg; 13 Lionel Mapoe; 12 Jaco Taute; 11 Michael Killian; 10 Elton Jantjies; 9 Ross Cronje; 8 Josh Strauss (C); 7 Grant Hattingh; 6 Derick Minnie; 5 Ruan Botha; 4 Franco van der Merwe; 3 Pat Cilliers; 2 Callie Visagie; 1 JC Janse van Rensburg. Reserves: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout; 17 CJ van der Linde; 18 Cobus Grobbelaar; 19 Jaco Kriel ;20 Tian Meyer; 21 Ruan Combrink; 22 James Kamana