AUDIO: Lions must get their house in order

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 08:54

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: The Lions have acknowledged that they have been 'way off' their best in recent weeks.

Veteran prop Jacobie Adriaanse, speaking ahead of their Round Seven encounter with the Crusaders, a replay of last year's Final said the Lions have to look at themselves first.

After starting with three wins - two of them bonus-point victories - things started to unravel in Week Four.

They lost (35-38) to the Blues in a horror show in which they coughed up a healthy lead.

They sneaked a 40-38 win over the lowly Sunwolves a week later, again taking a healthy lead before their own naivety resulted in the Lions having to hang on for dear life in the end.

Last week the Jaguares took revenge in Buenos Aires for their Round Two loss to the Lions, when the Argentinean franchise beat their Johannesburg-based rivals 49-35.

Adriaanse, who missed last week's trip to Argentina due to an ankle injury, said watching from the sidelines when your team loses is never pleasant.

He said they had a good chat about the past three weeks' poor performances, but used the terms "focusing on our process" and "ticking boxes" repeatedly - as he avoided pointing the finger at individuals.

He said it is a "team issue".

"We must play as we know we can," he said.

Asked about this Saturday's encounter with the Crusaders, Adriaanse again stepped cautiously around the issue of what is really wrong with the team.

"In this competition, you want to measure yourselves against the best," Adriaanse said.

"We must get our house in order and not try to adapt to what they [the Crusaders] bring."

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Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
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
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
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
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
RESULT SCORE
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
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Pool AU
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