Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
27 May 2014
10:00 am

Lions won’t make it easy for the Bulls

Rudolph Jacobs

What's left to salvage from the remainder of the Lions Super Rugby campaign?

Warren Whiteley during a Lions training session at the Johannesburg Stadium. Picture: Gallo Images

This is the tantalising question awaiting coach Johan Ackermann and captain Warren Whiteley after returning from their winless tour Down Under which ended in a 29-19 loss to the Force in Perth last weekend.

An even more burning topic will be – before they host the play-off-challenging Bulls at Ellis Park this weekend – whether they have the player depth to try and get out of the current hole they find themselves in.

After such a promising start to their campaign – winning four from six – they have lost their last seven matches and are stuck on 14th, with only the bottom-placed Reds holding them out of a wooden spoon scenario.

When they met the Bulls at Loftus earlier in the competition, they lost a close game 25-17. It was the Bulls’ first win after two losses, but since then, the men from Pretoria have grown while the Lions have deteriorated.

The Bulls match is the Lions last game before the month-long break for the June internationals, while they have two more games at home – against the Rebels and the Cheetahs in July.

The Lions haven’t been in action at Ellis Park since they lost 28-7 to the Crusaders some six weeks ago, but at least they know their last three games are all at Ellis Park.

Guts and determination have served the team well in passionate defensive performances, but they seem to lack genuine game-breakers, but they definitely won’t make it easy for the charging Bulls outfit.