Swys: Lions 'underdogs' against Jaguares
Johannesburg - Lions coach Swys de Bruin has
labelled his side as "underdogs" ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby
clash against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.
Few will believe that, but De Bruin was basing that
statement on the fact that the Lions have come up short on their last two trips
Last year the Lions lost 36-24 while
in 2016 they were downed 34-22. On both of those occasions,
however, coach Johan Ackermann had opted to field a significantly watered-down
It hurt in 2016, in particular, when victory would
have given the Lions home ground advantage throughout the knockout stages of
Instead, they travelled to Wellington for the final
where they were hammered 20-3 by the Hurricanes.
Following his side's nervy 40-38 win over the
Sunwolves at Ellis Park on Saturday, De Bruin acknowledged that he would be
picking his strongest possible side for the clash against the Jaguares.
That said, there are a couple of players who the
coach knows need some time off.
"We might look at giving (hooker) Robbie
Coetzee and one or two other guys a run," De Bruin said.
"Malcolm Marx has been superb but he needs a break
and we need to look after him from a national point of view, but we can't
afford to leave anyone at home this time."
De Bruin, perhaps playing a few mind games, then
referred to the Jaguares as favourites for Saturday's match.
"It's nice to go there as the underdog,"
"We've never won there so that's a challenge
that works in our favour.
"It's good for the group to get away and get
out of the situation for a while and go overseas.
"We're looking to play maximum rugby there. We
still want to score five or more tries but we'll work on our system not to give
away so many."
Saturday's match kicks off at 23:40 (SA time).