Lions can and must swagger

2015-04-23 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Former Springbok wing Ray Mordt says the Lions must show a bit more arrogance as they aim to reach the Super Rugby playoffs.

Mordt (57) was speaking to Netwerk24 ahead of the Lions’ clash against the Cheetahs in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The men from Johannesburg are currently eighth on the overall standings and in with a shot at making the playoffs.

They will be favourites to beat the Cheetahs this weekend and Mordt advised them to embrace that tag.

“The Lions should never lose their team spirit, but they’ve reached a point where the bar can be set higher. They are only three log points behind the Stormers, who are currently in sixth position and theoretically qualify for the playoffs.

“If the Lions want to capitalise on the good foundation they have laid, then they’ll have to start considering themselves as a team that can finish in the top six.”

Mordt, who played 18 Tests for the Springboks between 1980 and 1984, warned that the Cheetahs should not be underestimated.

“It’s noticeable how many away wins there have been this season and the Cheetahs have nothing to lose. They could be a potential banana peel [for the Lions].”

For that reason, Mordt said the home team must be a “bit more arrogant”.

“There is nothing wrong with a team who consider themselves as a favourite. ‘Good’ arrogance is when a team can talk big by their actions on the field. The Lions are good doing that.”

Kickoff for Saturday’s clash at Emirates Airline Park is scheduled for 5.05 pm.

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