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    Lions eager to improve - Whiteley

    2015-05-08 06:57

    Cape Town - Lions captain Warren Whiteley says they want to keep improving in some facets as they prepare to host the Highlanders in a Super Rugby clash in Johannesburg on Saturday.

    The Lions are having an adequate season, having won six out of 11 games to sit eighth on the overall standings.

    The Highlanders have won seven of 10 games and lie fifth overall.

    “We still want to improve in a lot of areas, such as the scrums and lineouts, where we’re not consistent enough. The way in which we start this weekend against the Highlanders will also be very important, because we didn’t get a good start last weekend against the Bulls,” said Whiteley, referring to their 35-33 loss in Pretoria where they trailed 12-0 early in the game.

    Coach Johan Ackermann said his players will be up for the challenge.

    “It’s great to be back at home with a 15:00 kick-off. The Highlanders game will be a nice challenge and I believe a lot of their players will make the All Blacks side.”



    15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Harold Vorster, 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9.  Ross Cronje, 8.  Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe

    Substitutes: 16. Akker van der Merwe, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Robert Kruger, 20. Ruaan Lerm, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Elton Jantjies, 23. Howard Mnisi


    15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames

    Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Brendon Edmonds, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Elliott Dixon, 20 John Hardie, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Jason Emery

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