Revived Lions going for Glasgow’s jugular


The Lions have their tails up after an impressive last-16 victory over French giants Racing 92 and Jaque Fourie says they are going to be going for the win within the Problem Cup quarter-final in opposition to Glasgow Warriors. DYLAN JACK studies.

Over the weekend, the Lions claimed probably the most well-known wins within the franchise’s historical past after they thrashed Parisian outfit Racing 92 in a 51-28 victory to progress to the Problem Cup quarter-finals for the primary time.

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Making the win much more spectacular was that the Johannesburg aspect misplaced influential flank Emmanuel Tshituka to an early pink card, but the hosts nonetheless managed to attain seven tries and rank up a half-century of factors.

The Lions will journey to Glasgow this week for his or her quarter-final in opposition to an in-form Warriors aspect that hammered the Dragons 73-33 of their playoff.

The final time the 2 groups confronted every was within the Vodacom United Rugby Championship in February, when the Lions claimed a morale-boosting 35-24 win that prompted the turnaround of their season.

“That helped us in a constructive means,” defence coach Jaque Fourie stated. “We rallied collectively and determined to begin performing. The week earlier than we performed Glasgow we determined to take off the shackles and we had nothing to lose.

“It was a tricky sport in opposition to Racing, so the very first thing is to get the payers bodily prepared for Glasgow.

“We aren’t going there simply to compete, we need to win. Now we have two video games left within the URC and we need to end on a excessive. So our focus is to win in opposition to Glasgow.”

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Glasgow are coached by the wily Franco Smith and Fourie stated he expects the previous Springbok to have a couple of tips up the sleeve.

“We’ll maintain what we have now been doing, we simply need to do it higher. We all know Franco will include trick performs. We’d like the self-discipline to remain in our construction.

“If we keep in our construction and maintain our self-discipline, if we pressure turnovers, they are going to rethink their technique and that may play into our fingers. However we have to cease them and pressure errors, then we shall be in for a shout.”

On Tuesday it was confirmed that Tshituka was handed a three-match ban and miss the quarter-final, however with veteran Jaco Kriel match once more, Fourie was assured the Lions can maintain the blow.

“Manu has been taking part in properly. To lose a man like that’s huge. Jaco is coming alongside fairly properly, with Manu banned there is a chance, he has been coaching properly so is trying good for the weekend.”

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