No 'Russian roll-over' for Lions

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:59
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I get the sense that the spectators are eager to see some rugby

Lions captain JC Janse van Rensburg has put his team on notice ahead of the second outing of their 2013 Challenge Series.

The Johannesburg-based franchise - who was kicked out of Super Rugby last year - started their year with an emphatic 51-13 roll-over of a hapless Russian national team at Ellis Park last Saturday.

It was a good win for the young Lions outfit - who was without a host of senior players, either loaned or sold to other Super Rugby franchises.

However, their next outing - against the Cheetahs this coming Saturday - will be a far more formidable challenge.

"Hendrik Roodt and I had a good chuckle, saying that anybody who thought the Russians were a challenge will get a good wake-up call against the Cheetahs," Van Rensburg told this website in an interview.

"They [the Cheetahs] are really tough.

"The Cheetahs are a proud team and when you face the Cheetahs you must gear up for a huge forward onslaught."

The Lions captain - one of a handful of senior players who opted to stay put in Johannesburg and help the team prepare for the season-ending promotion relegation game against the last-placed South African Super Rugby team - felt that there will be plenty of value in visiting Ellis Park on Saturday.

"The Cheetahs and ourselves play a very similar, exciting game," Van Rensburg told this website.

"We are prepared for that and it will be an exciting encounter, especially for the supporters .

"I get the sense that the spectators are eager to see some rugby and this pre-season game will hopefully live up to their expectation."

By Jan de Koning