Jantjies emotional after Lions victory
Johannesburg - Lions
flyhalf Elton Jantjies was understandably thrilled with his side's
performance in their semi-final win over the Highlanders in Johannesburg
An emotional Jantjies, who won the man of the match award after
scoring 22 points in the 42-30 triumph, said although the side delivered
a special effort they have to stay focused ahead of next weekend's
final against the Hurricanes in Wellington.
"I don't have a lot of words, but it is a big year," he said.
"We still have another week to go."
Although Jantjies was superb on attack he also impressed in defence
and stopped several Highlanders in their tracks with some brave tackles.
"We had to take responsibility, especially after last week [against
the Crusaders] when we missed a few one-on-one tackles - we had to fix
it this week," he added.
"It was a great performance from the team, but also from the Highlanders side as well - they played for the full 80."
Lions head coach Johan Ackermann admitted that a difficult task
awaits his troops in Wellington on Saturday but feels they can upset the
Hurricanes on their home turf.
"It is a big challenge against a tremendous Hurricanes side," he said.
"The guys love touring and hopefully we will travel well. We will
give it our best shot - there is nothing more I can ask from the guys.
"All the pressure is on the Hurricanes. They ended No.1 and they are
playing at home, so we can just go out there and enjoy our game."