Lions eager to improve - Whiteley
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