AUDIO: Lions’ leaky defence a minor worry for Swys

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:46

SUPER RUGBY REACTION: Lions head coach Swys de Bruin has opted to focus on the good elements of his side’s performance after their narrow win over Sunwolves.

Humiliated with a 7-94 defeat at the same ground last year, the Sunwolves displayed tremendous progressed as they managed to find gaps in the Lions' defence for five tries.

The Japanese side were destined to record a historic win. However, two converted tries by hooker Malcolm Marx and centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg in the last quarter of the match made sure the Lions seal the 40-38 win.

"Credit has to go the Sunwolves they produced great rugby on the day," Lions head coach De Bruin told reporters after the match.

"The same Sunwolves drew with the Stormers (in 2016) and beat the Bulls and we know what happened during the World Cup [Japan beat South Africa]. They are the type of team who can be a huge challenge on a certain day.

"They haven’t won yet, but I think they are knocking on the door and a win is around the corner,"

In terms of his team’s performance, the Lions mentor said that despite the vast improvement since last weekend's 35-38 defeat to the Blues, there are areas of their game that were not spot on.

For the second consecutive week, the Lions conceded 38 points and five tries - a troubling sign for the team who still need to travel.

"We managed to win 16 /16 line-outs and stole five of their line-outs - which is an element that improved since last weekend.

"We were good when it came to the scrums. Aside from a failure to look after the ball [keep possession], we managed to score six tries and that is what we want.    

"However, now we must just learn how to prevent the opposition from scoring five tries or more," De Bruin said, adding: "Think lately it is just lack of composure - for example when you look at the last Sunwolves’ try where we had all the control, however just a little chip resulted in Atsushi Sakate's try,"

The Lions next challenge is in Buenos Aires where they will take on the Jaguares on March 24.

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Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
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Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
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Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
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Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
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Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
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Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14