JOHANNESBURG – Following a disappointing Super Rugby campaign, the Lions will be out to make amends from this weekend when the 2019 edition of the Currie Cup competition kicks off.
Here, we point out five areas where they’ll want to see an improvement in their game from Super Rugby and where they’ll want to build depth ahead of next year’s competition.
Sort out the defence
Only the Sunwolves (85) conceded more tries than the Lions (64) in this year’s Super Rugby competition. For a team that played in the final between 2016 and 2018 that is simply not good enough. Perhaps the poor tackle record had something to do with defence coach Joey Mongalo’s on-going court case in Australia, but the Lions have made a change for the Currie Cup, bringing in former high school coaching star and Lions U-21 boss Sean Erasmus.
The union will hope he gets something sorted out because the Lions won’t win anything if they continue to leak so many tries.