JOHANNESBURG – The Lions are readying themselves for a big response by the Stormers when the teams meet in a highly anticipated round two Super Rugby match in Cape Town this weekend.
And so they should after the Newlands-based outfit copped a 40-3 hiding from the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld last weekend, leaving several reputations in need of restoration this week. And, a few hours after that defeat the Lions picked up a first-ever win against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires, putting them in something like seventh heaven.
The Stormers then will be hurting, and probably a little embarrassed, too, while spirits will be high in the Lions camp.
“They’re a proud franchise and a proud union, so we’re expecting a backlash from them,” said Lions attack coach Neil de Bruin about the Stormers on Tuesday. “Playing against them in Cape Town is always difficult, but they’ll be up for it even more this weekend.
“There’s a lot of pride in rugby and they’ll be going all out to prove last weekend’s performance was a miss-step. We’re going to have to be at our best. I also think we need to realise the Bulls produced something like a blitzkrieg, so we need to credit them as well.”