Jantjies: Lions still boast confidence

    2015-02-17 11:50

    Johannesburg - Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies says the team is focused on building on the positives from last weekend's defeat against the Hurricanes.

    Jantjies, who recently returned from an overseas stint at Japanese club NTT Shining Arcs, has settled in quickly in the Lions Super Rugby squad, and was named on the bench for the team's 22-8 loss to the Hurricanes. He came on to replace flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff in the 47th minute.

    While the result was a disappointing start to the Lions' campaign, the 24-year-old stressed that the team is still confident on delivering a successful Super Rugby campaign.

    "We delivered a good performance. All the stats showed that we dominated the game. However, we couldn't turn that advantage into points and the Hurricanes punished us," Jantjies told "But the players are still in high spirits. Yes, it was a disappointing result, but it's just one game. We need to move on and focus on the next match.

    "The players had a good chat after the match and on Monday morning. We defined the areas we need to work on and we need to ensure we execute those plans against the Sharks in Durban this weekend."

    Facing last year's South African conference champions and Super Rugby semi-finalists the Sharks at Kings Park will be no easy feat, but Jantjies believes they can draw some inspiration from the Cheetahs' surprise victory last Saturday.

    The Bloemfontein-based side shocked the hosts with a 35-29 win, despite the Sharks boasting 10 Springboks and two former England internationals in their team.

    "It doesn't matter how good your side looks on paper... you need to show up on the field," said Jantjies. "The Cheetahs played a good game and made the most of the chances during the match.

    "We need to ensure we put the pressure on the Sharks if we want to put ourselves in a position to win the match."

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