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Rugby | Vodacom Super Rugby

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Lions lose key players



The Emirates Lions will leave on Wednesday for Buenos Aires ahead of their Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Jaguares on Saturday night without several key players after picking up some injuries against the Sunwolves this past weekend.

While coach Swys de Bruin said he would not deviate from the rotation policy he had planned all along, the Lions will leave some players behind who were injured against the Sunwolves.

Scrumhalf Ross Cronje for instance, picked up a rib injury, while Jacobie Adriaanse sprained his ankle. Lock Andries Ferreira is struggling with a lower back spasm at the moment and as such all three have been ruled out for the trip to Buenos Aires.

Above that, De Bruin is expected to rest SA Rugby Player of the year Malcolm Marx and give his understudy Robbie Coetzee a go in the game, while all the time trying to achieve the goal of getting the first win in Argentinean capital.

De Bruin may well have other concerns, stemming from the two point win over the Sunwolves, and the loss to the Blues the week before, but the Lions are still on top of the log despite two lacklustre performances in as many weeks.

De Bruin joked that it would be good to go to Argentina as “the underdog” and said he wasn’t worried about his team’s form, putting it down to soft moments.

“Apart from the fact that we can’t look after the ball at this stage, it’s a massive work on. Apart from that, every game we score six or more tries. That is what we want. We just need to get them to score a few less,” De Bruin said.

“It’s a case of…I don’t want to say it…but a few balls bounced wrong. It is soft moments really. If you look at the last try, we’re fully in control and looking to make it 45-31. We give a little chip and they go and score. Composure is what is lacking at this stage.

“Firstly it is nice to go there as the underdog, we’ve never won there so that is a challenge in our favour. I think it is good for the group to go away together, just to get out of the situation, and go overseas. We want to play maximum rugby there, we still want to score five or more tries but we will work on our system not to give away so many.”

The Lions are set to name their team on Thursday.



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