Lions looking for accuracy against Jake’s Brumbies

2012-04-25 07:30

The Lions have been seeking accuracy all season and with one win from seven games, it illustrates exactly how inaccurate the Johannesburg franchise has been.

Coach John Mitchell confidently said their inaccuracies, especially in the lineouts, have now been sorted out and could be a platform from which they could launch against the Brumbies, whom they play on Friday evening at Coca-Cola Park.

“We love attacking, but we’ve had the inability of getting through a lot of attack as a result of our poor lineout.

If we can deliver on our lineout, we can certainly improve on our attack,” Mitchell said.

For a team that has been bedevilled by injuries throughout the season, Mitchell was pleased to have only two changes from the side that lost 32-18 to the Bulls two weeks ago.

Former Griquas lock Hendrik Roodt comes in for Stephan Greef while James Kamana makes way for Lionel Mapoe on the left wing.

Maties utility forward Grant Hattingh could make his debut from the bench while Michael Killian takes Mapoe’s spot in the reserves, with Kamana falling out of the match 22 altogether.

“Its a blessing to try and be consistent in selection but the front lock area is the one that we have changed through injury while I expressed some concerns in the individualism in our last performance. If we stick with the guys and they get their continuity, it will help us get the right performance,” Mitchell added.

The Waikato-born mentor said their goal of making the Super Rugby playoffs was still alive, but added that the Brumbies were going to be a tough nut to crack even though they were travelling.

The Lions are currently 14th on the combined Super Rugby log and last in the five-team South African conference.

“It has always been a been a goal to make the playoffs of this particular competition and it is still alive. There is still a long way to go in this competition and there are nine games left,” Mitchell said.

“I love the way the way the Brumbies are playing. I love their attitude. I think transitionally they are very quick between attack and defence and they are playing an exciting brand of football. We are going to have to go the entire 80 minutes.”

Team:
Lions: Andries Coetzee, Deon van Rensburg, Jaco Taute, Alwyn Hollenbach, Lionel Mapoe, Elton Jantjies, Tian Meyer, Joshua Strauss (c), Derick Minnie, Cobus Grobbelaar, Franco van der Merwe, Hendrik Roodt, Patric Cilliers, Callie Visagie, Caylib Oosthuizen

Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, Jacobie Adriaanse, Grant Hattingh, Christo le Roux, Ross Cronje, Butch James, Michael Killian 

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