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Mordt comes to Lions defence

2010-04-14 12:50
Ray Mordt (File)
Johannesburg - Lions coach Dick Muir has called in the help of former Springbok wing Ray Mordt to help shore up the team's defence.

The Lions have lost all eight matches this season and have conceded 43 tries and 354 points - while only scoring a total of 195.

The Lions have a total of four log points and find themselves rooted to the bottom of the standings.

The Lions' losing streak stretches back to Round 13 of the 2009 tournament when they last tasted success - a 27-22 win over the Highlanders.

Golden Lions Rugby Union president, Kevin de Klerk, who earlier in the tournament admitted that "poor defence" has been the side's biggest problem in their losing streak, confirmed on Wednesday that Mordt is helping Muir in a "caretaker" capacity.

Mordt, speaking after taking charge of a training session earlier this week, said the Lions have been lacking is a culture of defending.

"All great sides have a good defence," Mordt told the Independent group newspapers.

"Defending is all about technique and speed off the line. But most importantly, it's about attitude and communication. And these two aspects must come to the fore when the team is under pressure because it's in pressure situations when things go haywire."

The Lions host the Sharks at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 17:05.

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