JOHANNESBURG – With a three-from-three record, the Lions are sitting pretty in second place on the Currie Cup points table at the halfway point of this year’s competition.
Those wins though have been by one (38-37 against the Pumas), two (30-28 against Western Province) and two (24-22 against Free State) points, so it hasn’t been all plain-sailing for Ivan van Rooyen and his team.
So, if they’re to make if four in a row (to go top of the standings) and ensure it’s not another heart-stopping affair, when they play the Blue Bulls at Ellis Park this Saturday, they’re going to have to be better in several areas.
Get off to a strong start
The Lions have made life extremely difficult for themselves so far by falling behind early and having to claw their way back into their contests. Against the Pumas in round one they had to overturn a 16-point deficit in the second half to win, thanks mainly to four-try hero Madosh Tambwe, while they were asked to come back from being 21-10 behind at the break against Western Province to win late on thanks to a converted try by Tyrone Green.