Highlanders must improve basic skills :Lynn



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Highlanders centre Kenny Lynn says that the Otago men will have to improve their basic skill levels if they are to beat to Lions and pick their first home win of the 2010 Super 14 season.

The Highlanders flew back to Dunedin last week to face the Sharks at Carisbrook and lost but this week they will be over their jet lag and should go into the match as favourites being at home against the winless Lions.

“I still think we can improve our basic skill level,” he said.

“We’re dropping too much ball and not building pressure when we get in the attack zone.” he told the Otago Daily Times.

“It’s important not to rush it, not to try to score straight away.”

The Lions have had a torrid time in defence and have lost all six of their opening games and conceded 274 points but have shown some signs of promise and Lynn says that they can not be under-estimated

“They’re still a dangerous team and they love to attack. And they beat us in Johannesburg last year.”

“I’m looking forward to it because it will be a good, open game.

“We’ve still got more than half the campaign to go and we can still turn it around into a winning season. We’ve just got to keep positive.

“We can’t let the losses get us down or try to change too many things. It’s just the little things that need a tweak – making sure we secure our own ball and finishing off more efficiently.”

Twenty Seven year old Lynn said that the Highlanders were “devastated” by the 30-16 last weekend.

“We were two desperate teams and it felt like we played a lot of the good footy,” he said.

“We worked hard to get our points and it seemed they got their points a lot more easily.

“We were pretty devastated but, on Monday, we reviewed what went wrong and moved on and that’s the key.”

With five minutes remaining in the match Highlanders winger Fetu’u Vainikolo was denied a try by the television match official which could have levelled the scores.

Lynn conceded that television match official rulings had not gone their way this season.

“It would be good if a few of the little decisions went our way,” he said.

“There have been a few 50-50 calls go against us and you would think some of them eventually have to go our way.

“But hopefully we don’t have to rely on 50-50 calls — that we can start getting some good wins and not have to worry about TMO calls.”

Lynn missed the first two matches with a groin injury he suffered while goal-kicking for Southland last year but has come back and impressed in the midfield.

“It’s hasn’t been hindering me too much,” he said.

“It’s only sore in the days after games. I can monitor it with the physio and by game time it’s fine again.”

“I’ve been fairly happy with my form but it’s hard to be when the team’s not going so well.”

“I’m feeling more at home now and I’m really enjoying it. I’m liking the way we’re playing, too.”

“It’s just going to be so much better once we start winning.”

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