Mnisi: Lions high on confidence

    2015-04-17 14:06

    Johannesburg - Lions centre Howard Mnisi says the Johannesburg players are brimming in confidence as they enjoy a deserved break this week.

    The Lions are South Africa’s in-form team in Super Rugby, having won five of their last six fixtures. This included their most successful overseas tour, which saw them beat the Blues, Rebels and Reds in Australasia, while they also claimed back-to-back victories over the Bulls and Sharks in recent rounds.

    The men from Johannesburg now enjoy a deserved break as they have a bye this weekend.

    Mnisi said the players have been rewarded with time to rest.

    “We had our medicals on Monday, but the guys have time off to get away from rugby and refresh their minds and bodies,” Mnisi told

    “There’s great confidence among the players. We have achieved great results, but there’s still that focus on improving as a unit. We are happy with our defence, and we want to do better on attack. If we continue working hard, we’ll achieve this.”

    Like the Lions, Mnisi has also enjoyed a notable rise in form.

    He was the unfortunate player who dropped the ball during a late attack on the Stormers’ tryline in tough conditions, which was the last action during the team’s 22-19 loss against the Stormers in Johannesburg in February.

    However, the 24-year-old has made an impressive impact since then, especially during the win over the Bulls when he won possession from a late kick-off and surged into the opponents’ 22m area, which led to Akker van der Merwe’s match-winning try.

    Mnisi credits his positive mindset as he aims for more improvement.

    “Obviously, it was disappointing. And you have to credit (Stormers centre) Damian de Allende for a great tackle. But I don’t focus on the negative things. I moved on very quickly,” said Mnisi.

    “I kept a positive mindset and continued to work hard. I use moments, like the ball carry against the Bulls, as motivation. While we are on a break this week, I’ll still be spending time in gym. I want to earn more opportunities on the field, and add value where I can.”

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