Coetzee, who will name his side today for this weekend’s home clash against the Highlanders at Newlands, highlighted the inconsistency after last weekend’s 35-22 loss to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
“The previous week against the Lions our set-piece did much better than against the Cheetahs and that is a bit of a frustration,” said Coetzee.
“I know we are missing players and we don’t want to talk about it week in and week out, but it is a reality,” he said.
While the team will be boosted by the return of hooker Scarra Ntubeni, who has recovered from a calf muscle injury to take over the lineout throws from the struggling Deon Fourie, there was less good news on the return of flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis and pacy wing Cheslin Kolbe.
Catrakilis, who broke his nose against the Lions, has been ruled out for another week, while Kolbe, who has yet to feature for the Capetonians in the competition, will also sit out for another week as his rehabilitation on his knee is not fully completed yet.
Fortunately wing Sailosi Tagicakibau has also recovered from a chest injury, while Devon Williams scored one of the team’s three tries last weekend in Bloemfontein in his first start.
- Lions coach Johan Ackermann, meanwhile, will name his side today for their opening tour match in Hamilton on Saturday against the two-time defending champions the Chiefs.
The Lions enjoyed a bye last week after losing their last game 18-3 to the Stormers in Cape Town, but are set to welcome back skipper and eighthman Warren Whiteley and rangy lock Martin Muller.