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Jaco Kriel's raiding relish offers hope to winless Lions

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Jaco Kriel (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Jaco Kriel (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Their previous head coach, Swys de Bruin, called it on a television chat show after the latest round of Super Rugby Unlocked: Jaco Kriel is starting to hunt for the Lions in outside channels with the lustre of old.

De Bruin, the predecessor to incumbent Ivan van Rooyen, pointed out to SuperSport viewers on Sunday night that the fast, skilful openside flanker breaking and linking more routinely again in attacking play was aiding their ability to launch raids from deep.

That, of course, was a core area of strength for the Johannesburg franchise in the productive days first when he was assistant to Johan Ackermann and then as the supremo himself for a two-year period; the Lions were Super Rugby finalists for three successive years (2016-18).

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