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Lions defence ‘100% better’ than a year ago: Fourie

By [email protected] (Liam Del Carme)

The Lions clash with Cardiff on Friday night and will have reason to go into that clash with a spring in their step. Cardiff has underperformed over the last few seasons and their more recent form is inconsistent at best. They won their opening game but conceded more than 50 points last week against Glasgow Warriors.

“It’s our second year so we expect a little more overseas,” said Fourie. “We know we need points overseas. We missed out on two games overseas last year and cost us a place in the quarterfinal.”

A second win on the road will be manna for the Lions who next week travel to Edinburgh. Though Mike Blair’s team is one of the dark horses in the competition they face the longer travel following their commitments against the Bulls and the Stormers. Those fixtures will be taxing on any team. The Lions may be in better physical shape for that clash especially when you factor in their rotation policy.

They played different halfback combinations in their first two matches and the latest pair Sanele Nohamba and Gianni Lombard, delivered a competent display against the Dragons. The combination of Morne van den Berg and Jordan Hendrikse however started the campaign in pole position.

“Everybody puts up their hand for selection,” noted Nohamba. “The coaches back whoever they have to back, as they try new combinations. Gianni and I we were very happy. We just backed each other up and trusted each other’s calls and everything took off from there.”

Nohamba last year joined the Lions as he tried to rebuild his career after falling out of favour at the Sharks. “I felt I needed a new start. I’m still learning and trying to grow.”

Nohamba and Van den Berg will contest a starting spot, not that the former seems too bothered. “We are not really competing. It is more about helping each other . We share information. Make each other better. The coaches then see which combinations works for them. I’m just focused on the Lions, nothing more.”

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