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Record avoidance for Lions

2010-05-05 07:02
Lions coach Dick Muir
Pieter Jordaan

Johannesburg – With almost nothing to play for in their remaining two games in this year’s Super14, the Lions will hopefully gain motivation from what they don’t want to achieve.

The Lions are assured of the Super14 wooden spoon following their 12-33 defeat to the Western Force. The Cheetahs are second from bottom, but already have 16 points and the Lions, currently on 5 points, cannot overtake them.

Should the Lions lose to the Blues in Johannesburg on Saturday, they will become the lone holder of the dubious record of most defeats in a single campaign. They currently share that record with the Bulls, who also lost 11 times in 2002.

However, it could get even worse. The Lions have already conceded 470 points this season. Only one team in Super rugby has conceded more – the self same 2002 Bulls side, who leaked 500 points.

It does appear as if the Lions will avoid the title of the team that has conceded the most tries to date, though. The Chiefs conceded 69 tries in 2002, while the Lions have conceded 56 tries this year.


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