Johannesburg - The Auto and General Lions will be anxiously waiting on news on the injury front as they prepare for their massive task in taking on the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Injuries to No 8 Todd Clever (shoulder) and centre Doppies la Grange (ankle) have both hampered the Lions after their ninth straight loss on Saturday, and coach Dick Muir will be hoping that the diagnosis is better than expected on the duo as he begins his preparations for the match.
Muir was happy with aspects of his team’s play against the Sharks on Saturday, but still frustrated that the Lions aren’t able to land that killer blow to get their first win over the season.
“We were better, but the accuracy on defence let us down early on,” Muir said of his team’s 32-28 loss to the Sharks.
“There were soft tries early on, but then the guys started playing and finally looked good. You can’t afford to leak those early tries in a competition like this.”
“On attack we created a lot of opportunities which we didn’t finish, so it is frustrating.
Muir will be looking to his charges to play a lot “smarter” this week when they face the Bulls, and will want a more complete performance in terms of finishing moves.
“We could have been smarter, we got a lot of linebreaks but we allowed just as many for the opposition,” Muir lamented.
“ I thought we should have been smarter on attack – there were quite a few opportunities that we didn’t round off and that would of put the Sharks on the back foot. We wanted to put them under pressure and that we could ask a few more questions of them.”