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Lions try to plug the leak

By Bruce Fraser | Apr 13, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IT'S always good to have records next to your name - if they are positive of course.

IT'S always good to have records next to your name - if they are positive of course.

For the hapless Lions, the opposite is unfortunately the case in this year's Super 14 competition.

They are the only side not to have won a match. They have conceded the most number of points (354); they have the highest points deficit of any team (159); and they have leaked the most number of tries (43).

A meeting held last week between disgruntled fans and Lions management at their headquarters in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, highlights the unhappiness that many supporters are feeling.

"Different week, same result," a die-hard supporter clad in his team's jersey muttered when leaving Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday night.

One way of turning around a disastrous season, believes coach Dick Muir, is to bring in a specialist defence coach.

"We are looking at calling on former Springbok wing Ray Mordt to help with our defensive patterns," said Muir shortly after the Lions went down 26-41 to the Reds on Saturday.

"We conceded some soft tries out there and to let in four in that opening spell was frustrating.

"As a unit we also need to do some soul-searching and get back to the basics," he said.

Unfortunately for the Lions, it might just be a case of too little too late, as there are only five games left in the season that includes match-ups against the Bulls, Blues and Sharks.

"At this level of the game you just can't afford to continually make mistakes because if you do, you are punished immediately.

"We need to look forward to the Sharks this Saturday and nullify the bad things in our game," said Muir.

They host the Sharks at Ellis Park Stadium and kickoff is at 5pm.


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