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Strauss: Pride at stake

2012-07-05 14:36

Johannesburg - With the Lions languishing at the bottom of the Super Rugby log, captain Joshua Strauss says they will play for pride in their penultimate match of the season against the Rebels at Ellis Park on Saturday.

"We don't really play to prove something to anyone, we play for ourselves," Strauss said on Thursday.

"I think we have a lot to play for in the last two games - if you want to call it pride, it could be that."

The Lions, against all odds, came close to upsetting South African conference leaders the Stormers in Cape Town last week.

Despite a debilitating 12 losses out of 14 matches this season, they have shown that they still have some fight in them.

Strauss said his side would also use their last two Super Rugby matches as part of their preparations for the upcoming Currie Cup.

"You want to have great momentum going into a competition that you are the defending champions of," he said.

"So we definitely have a lot to play for."

Interim Lions coach Johan Ackermann was impressed with the fighting spirit his team showed against the Stormers.

"Obviously the will and the character was there and the platform was laid with the tight phases. That was very good," Ackermann said.

"You can always work off that but there were one or two individual defensive errors and the high ball cost us a bit.

"There was that bit of impatience on the goalline but in general the performance was good and it's a nice base to work from."

Injuries have forced Ackermann's hand in ringing the changes ahead of Saturday's match.

The Lions have made four changes to the starting line-up, with scrumhalf Michael Bondesio replacing Tian Meyer.

Waylon Murray receives a starting berth at outside centre, while Lionel Mapoe moves to the wing in the place of the injured Deon van Rensburg.

James Kamana will start at fullback in the place of Andries Coetzee.

"The injuries are a bit of a problem because you have to get new combinations," Ackermann said.

"We now have Butch and Waylon together. We've got Lionel at wing again, when he was just finding his feet at centre, and we've got James Kamana back from injury.

"It is always disruptive but we trust that the guys have the ability."

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Comments
  • cape.maori - 2012-07-05 14:44

    What pride? After how many losses! Did you mean a "pride of lions?"

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-05 14:48

      Hopefully you won't have to play against the Ref like last saturday Strauss... Good luck Buddy..

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-05 15:00

      Exactly what I was thinking. What pride? Oh, you mean winning 3 whole games a season? Enough of this nonsense. Bring on the Super Kings !!!

      Vanman1979 - 2012-07-05 15:24

      @Charles and the Kings will wiun how many? They can't even win the First Division in the Currie Cup.

      jack.bleck - 2012-07-05 16:26

      Save your pride & energy for the Bulls game - and tear them to shreds!!!

  • jason.children - 2012-07-05 14:49

    I think that might be the whole problem, and I have heard him say this a few times this season!!! "We dont play for anyone else, we play for ourselves!" maybe just maybe you should try playing for your loyal fans and things may change! Just a thought!

  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-07-05 15:13

    Last 2 games in Super Rugby, what a shame.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-07-05 15:28

    Hang on a second. Did he just say that they don't try and play to prove anything to any one...Buddy that's whats lacking in your game. You have to do exactly that. PROVE TO A TON LOAD OF PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE WORTHY OF PLAYING SUPER RUGBY. Hang on and did you just say? IT COULD BE PRIDE that you are playing for. So it also COULD BE TRUE THAT YOU DON'T CARE HOW YOU ARE PERFORMING AS YOU COULD BE ONLY PLAYING FOR MOOLA. Josh do you actually know why you are playing or COULD IT Be that you don't really know any more?? I think those two lines are a good indication of whats is wrong with the Lions players

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-05 16:00

    Josh please don't start bitching about the ref if you lose. It's not cool.

  • Bert - 2012-07-05 16:16

    GO LIONS!!!

  • lusciousville - 2012-07-05 16:17

    Cut your beard!!

  • ndira.mtyenene - 2012-07-05 16:48

    EP kings!!!!

  • ruanpretorius1980 - 2012-07-06 06:59

    Josh, my boy. Isn't it a bit hokking late to start playing for pride? Rather start playing for laughs, because you are a joke

  • raeez.omar.5 - 2012-07-06 11:02

    Come on boys. Backing you all the way. Good times and Bad times.....

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