Whiteley: Time right to upset big guns
Cape Town - Lions captain Warren Whiteley has warned his players they cannot relax after a successful Super Rugby tour in Australasia.
On tour, the Lions beat the Blues (13-10), Rebels (20-16) and Reds (18-17), with their only loss a 34-6 defeat to the Crusaders in their second game.
It was their most successful Super Rugby tour to date, but this weekend the men from Johannesburg face a stern test when they host the Bulls in Johannesburg.
Whiteley said there's no time to bask in the glory of the tour's successes.
"Sometimes there is the temptation to relax a little after an emotional period, like on tour. You are excited, but also a bit tired," Whiteley told Netwerk24.
"At least we have the advantage of having an extra day's preparation, so there's really no excuse."
Whiteley is looking forward to playing in front of their home fans again.
"The pressure from our home crowd is a good thing. We have to be honest with ourselves. We're not outsiders anymore. We've matured a lot this past year and therefore the expectations should be higher. If we want to move up in the log standings, we have to start winning against the big guns."
Saturday's clash at Emirates Airline Park kicks off at 17:05.
15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Derick Minnie, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Julian Redelinghuys, 19. Robert Kruger, 20. Jaco Kriel, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Marnitz Boshoff, 23. Howard Mnisi
15. Jesse Kriel, 14. Francois Hougaard, 13. JJ Engelbrecht,
12. Burger Odendaal, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9. Rudy
Paige, 8. Pierre Spies (captain), 7. Hanro Liebenberg, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5.
Grant Hattingh, 4. Jacques du Plessis, 3. Trevor Nyakane, 2. Adriaan Strauss,
1. Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16. Callie Visagie, 17. Morne Mellett, 18.
Marcel van der Merwe, 19. Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20. Roelof Smit, 21.
Piet van Zyl, 22. Tian Schoeman, 23. Jurgen Visser