AUDIO: Mostert was 'absolutely unreal'

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 12:40

SUPER RUGBY REACTION: Lions head coach Zacharia de Bruin was full of praise for Franco Mostert's versatility during their 49-35 win over the Bulls in Pretoria.

Lions lock Mostert's selection at flank had loads of eyebrows raising ahead of the South African derby at Loftus.

However, the 27-year-old proved well of his task in the number 7 jumper.

Towards the end of the game against the Bulls, De Bruin moved  Mostert back to his preferred position at lock. But the coach revealed that it is good knowing that Mostert can fulfil the role of flank in future.

"I must say I was nervous but knowing Franco and the way he plays, he is quick and he can run all over," De Bruin said, adding: "he was absolutely unreal.

" It worked well, even when he moved back to lock at the end. He can play seven [flank] or lock anytime now. I think the Ice is broken,"

The Lions outscored the Bulls by seven tries to four on Saturday and continued their perfect start to the 2018 Super Rugby campaign with three wins from three matches played.

Credit has to go to the Lions' ability to dominate the Bulls' at the lineout and breakdown during the encounter - something which Lions captain Warren Whiteley highlighted.

"I thought we performed really well

"Our mauls were really good. I thought we fought every single breakdown, every maul and I'm just really proud of the boys," Whiteley stated.

The Lions currently sit top of the Super Rugby table with 14 points from three matches played, however, Whiteley is not getting carried away by his team's perfect start to the season and believes that there is still loads work to be done.

"It’s a good start but we all know Super Rugby isn’t won in February and March.

"We just need to keep building and there’s still quite a lot to work on.

"There were times especially at the end where I thought we could have kept them [Bulls] out, one or two soft moments. But some great positives and we will just keep building," added Whiteley.

The Lions next fixture is against the Blues at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

By Josh Isaacson
@isaacson_j

@rugby365com

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