Eloff’s Lions are ‘in the zone’




It will be a remarkable transformation, a Cinderella story indeed, if the Lions were to beat the Western Force in Perth on Saturday and move into the top half of the table.

Just three weeks ago they were written off as tournament no-hopers, but after back-to-back victories over two New Zealand powerhouses – including the defending champion Crusaders last week, Eugene Eloff’s pride are suddenly being taken serious.

Eloff said on Thursday that the players are starting to believe in their own ability, after recording a 9-3 win over the Crusaders, and that makes them ever more dangerous.

“The players are beginning to realise that if they do the basics well, then they can win some [big] games,” the wily Lions mentor told this website.

Eloff said the players know they have achieved nothing and there is a long arduous road ahead. In short, they have their feet firmly planted on the ground.

“But they are beginning to believe. They are well into the zone where I want them to be,” Eloff added.

He also confirmed that Springboks Andr’ Pretorius (his fly-half and regular captain) and loose forward Jacques Cronj’ will both get some game time in the second half against the Force.

“I will look, strategically, at the game and how it is developing, before deciding how much time I will give each of them on Saturday. I certainly won’t take any chances,” he added.

By Jan de Koning 365 Digital

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