Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
27 Aug 2013
6:00 am

Minnie reveals secret to success

Rudolph Jacobs

The result of a heart-to-heart team discussion paved the way for the Lions' emphatic performance against the Blue Bulls at Loftus at the weekend.

Lions captain Derick Minnie said the team weren’t happy after losing their opening Absa Currie Cup matches against the Cheetahs and the Sharks and desperately wanted to put it right.

“We spoke hard to one another last week before the match about how we needed to start getting the results to remain competitive in the rest of the competition,” he said.

“It was great to have guys like Franco van der Merwe and Willie Wepener back. They helped a lot with their experience and decision-making, but I want to say thanks to all the guys, it was a team-effort,” said Minnie who scored two of the eight Lions tries in the 62-23 rout of the men in blue.

But the Lions, aided by the unerring boot of Marnitz Boshoff, left, will be well aware that they only managed to take the game away from the Bulls in the 10 minutes prop Morne Mellett was in the sin-bin.

The visitors scored 21 points in that period, but the confidence gained from the win will stand them in a good stead, though they are also well aware it will be a new challenge when they host log-leading Western Province at Ellis Park on Friday night.

“I think the key for us was that we managed to be quick on the ball and we’re just happy to have got the result,” Minnie said. “It’s always good to win at Loftus, but we know a lot of hard work still lies ahead.”

In the other two games this weekend, the Sharks host the wounded Bulls in Durban, while Griquas are off to Bloemfontein to confront the Cheetahs.