Lions focus on Dragons after disappointing loss to Bulls – The Citizen



The Lions have turned their focus quickly to their final game of the United Rugby Championship (URC) season against the Dragons in Wales next weekend, following a disappointing Currie Cup loss to the Bulls last weekend.

For the first time in this year’s Currie Cup, the Lions named a full URC team, having previously backed a largely U20 side to do business in the competition, and were seen as slight favorites against a side Bulls based largely on the Currie Cup at Loftus.

But a disastrous first half, which saw the Lions trailing 35-10 at one point, set the stage for a narrow 43-37 defeat at the end, despite a big second-half fightback.

“We’re really disappointed with the result and those 20-25 minutes in between, but there were a lot of positives to take from the next 40 minutes,” Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen said.

“When we keep it simple and efficient, we look good. We were inconsistent with decision making and I think we probably needed a little more discipline to stick to our plan.

“We know we let it go. But we need to get him back on Monday and have a good two days of training and then head to Wales.

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It’s been an average debut campaign in the URC for the Lions, but a win over the Dragons would leave them with a tournament record of eight wins against 10 losses, not a bad effort from a side with plenty less depth. than most of the teams around them on the log.

Despite the travel factor, the Lions will take it as a regular training week, without changing too much before the game.

“We have full training days on Monday and Tuesday and then we fly on Tuesday evening. We will have a skidding session on Wednesday afternoon, a training session on Thursday morning and then a captain’s race,” explained Van Rooyen.

“So it’s normal game week preparation for us, it’s just the flight and luckily with URC there’s only a bit of travel fatigue and no jet lag, so we should be okay with having a training week close to normal.”

The match could also be a farewell for a number of first-team regulars, including captain Burger Odendaal who leaves for English Premiership side Wasps, unsure if he will feature in either of the final two games. of the Lions Currie Cup this season.

Charles P. Patton