The Lions have the extraordinarily tricky job of seeking to destroy their deficient fresh dropping streak towards top flying Stade Francais when the 2 groups meet within the Problem Cup pageant on the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions have had a gloomy finish to 2022 and begin to 2023 with heavy United Rugby Championship (URC) losses towards the Sharks 37-10, the Stormers 40-8 after which this previous weekend towards Munster 33-3, which has noticed them tumble down the URC desk.
Now switching again to the Problem Cup pageant the Lions have to check out and leap again towards an in-form Stade Francais facet that has loved 3 large wins of their closing 3 French Best 14 video games, thumping Racing 48-10, Pau 37-7 and beating Castres 26-7 over the last weekend.
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This sees them sitting with ease in 2d position at the Best 14 log and in terrific kind as they get ready to welcome the Lions.
The Lions did with ease beat Stade Francais 30-12 of their house Problem Cup conflict in December, however the French outfit necessarily despatched a ‘B’ staff for that fit and will have to put out a miles more potent facet for his or her house come upon on Saturday.
Lions trainer Ivan van Rooyen admitted the significance of his facet seeking to destroy their dropping streak and getting a good lead to Paris this weekend.
“It is crucial for us to organize neatly for the fit. It’s going to be a tricky problem, however optimistically the elements prerequisites are higher so we will play a bit bit extra,” mentioned Van Rooyen.
“I believe it is crucial for us to tug in combination as a gaggle and in finding answers in preparation and at the box. We mentioned jointly (after the Munster recreation) that we need to get again at the horse. We need to flip it round. We need to make it depend.
“There is a chance for us in Paris. This can be a 4 week excursion and now we have 4 very difficult video games to develop as a staff and to recover. Those are the kinds of demanding situations we want to make that step up.”
It’s not a make or destroy recreation within the pageant for the Lions as having drawn their first recreation of the contest towards the Dragons, choosing up 3 issues, after which taken a complete space of 5 issues from their recreation towards Stade Francais, they may have enough money to lose this recreation.
On the other hand, they’d then have to overcome the Dragons in Newport the next weekend, and having failed to overcome them at the Highveld in December that isn’t a foregone conclusion.
The Lions additionally desperately want to increase some momentum as all 3 in their fresh defeats had been large ones and they have got to check out and get their season again on target.