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

Lions glad to be home

Rudolph Jacobs

It is not a case of his team going out purposely to try and ruin the Bulls' Super Rugby play-off aspirations tomorrow at Ellis Park, said Lions skipper Warren Whiteley.

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

But they have their own goals to get out of the game. And after a series of defeats Down Under they want to get back on the horse in front of their own fans, Whiteley said.

“The set-pieces, the lineouts and scrums will be vital in a derby, but there’s great excitement in the squad to play at home again,” he said.

“I believe we have a good loose trio, but it will be crucial to exercise good control.”

The Lions, however, have lost all 10 of their games to the Bulls since 2006.

Whiteley, who stood tall in all his side’s overseas matches, said they have bonded as a team.

“It was a great experience, it was awesome to notice the growth of the team off the field and obviously we didn’t get the results we were looking for,” said Whiteley.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann also said they will get six of their stars back after the June international break.

Centre Lionel Mapoe, lock Franco van der Merwe, centre Stefan Watermeyer, fullback Andries Coetzee and locks MB Lusaseni and Martin Muller will all hopefully return, he said.