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Discipline to be one of the deciding factors when the Lions welcome the Jaguares

Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjie. Picture credits: Gallo Images
Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjie. Picture credits: Gallo Images
Image: Gallo Images

Discipline‚ or lack thereof‚ will be one of the deciding factors when the Lions host the Jaguares at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Maintaining discipline is an area of focus for the Lions this season but it is not necessarily a pursuit in which they expect the visitors to excel.

"We want to protect the ball better this week‚ " said Lions coach Swys de Bruin.

"That way we can put together phases and build pressure and that in turn will force the Jaguares to lose their discipline."

The Jaguares conceded 15 penalties against the Stormers and a similar tally will make for another long afternoon at Ellis Park.

De Bruin‚however‚ is also all too aware of their potency with the ball.

"They carry the ball extremely well. They play an interesting style of attack.

"They've got a good nine‚ 10 combination. Their whole spine is good. They don't have many weaknesses. You have to be on top of your game to beat them."

The Lions' weren't entirely on top of their game in their win over the Sharks last week.

Coach Philip (Lemmer) and Franco (Mostert) worked hard at that. We believed it is sorted out‚" said De Bruin about their troubles in the line-out.

"I think we were just slow to be honest‚" opined captain Warren Whiteley. "We were slow to react. Some of our calls weren't good. We've worked on it‚ our speed and reaction."

De Bruin retained the same starting XV he named to play the Sharks. Lock Andries Ferreira was earmarked to play but a stomach bug meant he had to sit out. He's back up‚ and running.

On the bench‚ however‚ De Bruin has introduced scrumhalf Marco Jansen van Vuren to alleviate the burden on Ross Cronje.

"Marco trained very well he has to play.

There is not too much disruption in the starting XV. We will introduce younger players when the opportunity presents itself."

Although the Jaguares came up short at Newlands they've presented the Lions' problems.

Since the Jaguares' introduction to Super Rugby in 2016‚ the Lions have found the going mostly tough against the South Americans.

They lost both matches in Buenos Aires and won narrowly 24-21 at Ellis Park last year. The Lions were however rampant winners in their first ever clash in 2016.

The Lions team is - Andries Coetzee; Sylvian Mahuza‚ Lionel Mapoe‚ Harold Vorster‚ Aphiwe Dyantyi; Elton Jantjies‚ Ross Cronje; Warren Whiteley‚ Cyle Brink‚ Kwagga Smith; Franco Mostert‚ Andries Ferreira; Ruan Dreyer‚ Malcolm Marx‚ Jacques van Rooyen.

Substitutes: Robbie Coetzee‚ Dylan Smith‚ Jacobie Adriaanse‚ Lourens Erasmus‚ Hacjivah Dayimani; Marco Jansen van Vuren‚ Howard Mnisi‚ Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

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