Lions not losing sleep over Super Rugby losing spell

The Emirates Lions captain Warren Whiteley is flanked by Lionel Mapoe and Jacques Van Rooyen during the Super Rugby match againt the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on February 17, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Emirates Lions captain Warren Whiteley is flanked by Lionel Mapoe and Jacques Van Rooyen during the Super Rugby match againt the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on February 17, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Image: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Subjecting themselves to prolonged bouts of introspection doesn’t seem to form part of the Lions’ road to redemption.

After a solid start to this season’s Super Rugby competition three defeats in their last four matches have rocked the franchise but the players‚ it seems‚ aren’t losing any sleep just yet.

“There will always be pressure‚” said prop Jacques van Rooyen.

“If we start listening to everything everyone has to say then things will start to snowball.

“We try as far as we can not to listen to outside influences. I really think we had one of our better games this season against the Crusaders. Twice the bounce of the ball didn’t go our way.

“I don’t think we have to panic too much. Last week was a step up from the previous week‚” suggested Jacques van Rooyen.

Flyhalf Elton Jantjies insisted: “I don’t see it as a tough time‚ I see it as learnings we have to go through.

“It is quick to fix and no major concern for us. We have to keep on working hard‚ raise our effort and the wins will come.

“We are not happy with the mistakes we are making. But that is something that we can control. We have to take responsibility for what happens on the field.

“We have a short turnaround but we have a good management and medical staff in place. We have to pitch up because the derbies are tough.”

Hulking lock Andries Ferreira said there was no additional pressure against conference rivals the Stormers at Ellis Park on Saturday.

“We see this game as every other game‚” he said.

Ferreira believes a turnaround is imminent but that patience is required in their attack.

“We need to keep the ball for that one extra phase. We tend to force it a little bit‚” he said.

Having qualified for the last two finals Ferreira argues the Lions are now firmly in their opponents’ cross hairs.

“I think teams have really pitched up with their A-game when they’ve played us.

“I think we are moving in the right direction and we are just one game away from finding the right gear again for the rest of the season. There is nothing to be worried about.”

X