Lions thrilled to get second stage of URC off to a great begin

Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen was thrilled to see his prices get the second stage of the United Rugby Championship (URC) off to a great begin, with a 33-25 win over the Dragons at Ellis Park on Sunday afternoon.

It was a snug win for the Lions who weren’t actually put beneath a lot stress within the match, which allowed them to clinch their first house win of the URC season and get the following 10 match block of video games off to a powerful begin.

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“For us by way of preparation and momentum it (the consequence) was every part. It was the primary recreation of a ten week block, our first recreation at house on this run and first recreation of three towards the Dragons in about six weeks,” stated Van Rooyen.

“We knew that they have been a staff who actually need to make a contest and scrap out of it, that’s the best way they play. Their rucking is outstanding. So that they have the power to disrupt you and make it ugly and disjointed.

“So by way of that I’m pleased with the win, particularly at house which was a giant focus level for us. However I felt we left a few factors on the market and we must always have probably received with a bonus level.”

Good angle

Van Rooyen was additionally impressed with the angle of his gamers, who have been sad to not get a 4 attempt bonus level within the match.

“Seeing that the blokes weren’t glad with simply the win, was actually good for me as a coach. It exhibits that our requirements have risen. We in all probability may have performed a bit higher but it surely was necessary to get the win,” admitted Van Rooyen.

“We are able to’t get boastful and say it’s an unpleasant win. At this stage a win is a win and it places us within the high eight of the competitors.”

The Lions at the moment are getting ready to face Scarlets, who have been crushed by a youthful Stormers staff over the previous weekend, this coming Sunday and the Lions will likely be concentrating on one other good win to take into the Problem Cup competitors.

“We now have a great alternative towards Scarlets. They got here again nicely towards the Stormers once they began taking part in with the ball in hand. So it is going to be a little bit of a distinct problem from then,” stated Van Rooyen.

“But when we are able to hopefully handle eight or 9 factors from these two video games it’s going to set us up nicely for the EPCR (Problem Cup).”