The Lions have announced their team to take on the Reds this weekend at Ellis Park Stadium and coach Eugene Eloff has elected to retain the same team that did duty against the Sharks last weekend.
the GLRU reports that after a disappointing loss against the Sharks, the team are still very motivated and are working hard in training. They realise how important a win is before embarking on the overseas leg of the 2008 Vodacom Super 14 team, and feel that they are capable of claiming their second win of the tournament this Saturday.
In last week’s narrow loss, the team showed their attacking prowess but were up against the best defensive side in the tournament – the Sharks have conceded the fewest number of tries so far. However, they will fancy their chances of making good their strike force after showing outstanding patience to string together sustained phases of attack. Eloff lamented his team’s finishing against the Sharks, but added that, “On the day I thought we were the better side on the field, but the scoreboard does not reflect that.”
They are up against a team buoyed by their emphatic victory over the reigning champions, the Bulls in Brisbane last weekend, but the Reds will have the altitude and jeylag to contend with, as well as a fired up home side intent on victory and ready to be competitive from start to finish.
Although the Reds managed 5 tries against the Bulls, they will first have to breach the Auto & General Super 14 Lions’ defences. Eloff admitted after the Sharks’ game that, “We defended well, and the positive is that we crossed the line three or four times. The negative is that we didn’t score more tries.”
For the Jo-Burg side, it’s a matter of closing out the opportunities and sticking to what has worked so far for them – outstanding defence and pushing to the end.
Lions:15. Louis Ludik, 14. Dusty Noble, 13. Jaco Pretorius, 12. Walter Venter, 11. Rayno Benjamin, 10. Jaco van Schalkwyk, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Joe van Niekerk, 7. Ernst Joubert (Captain), 6. Cobus Grobbelaar, 5. Gerhard Mostert, 4. Anton van Zyl, 3. Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1. Heinke van der Merwe.
Reserves: 16. Ethienne Reynecke, 17. JC Janse van Rensburg, 18. Franco van der Merwe, 19. Willem Alberts, 20. Chris Jonck, 21. Rudi Vogt, 22. Jannie Boshoff.