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The Lions next play the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday 23 January 2021, kickoff at 14:00.

Lions have got their rhythm back

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    Posted: 13-Jan-2021 at 4:19pm
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“It shows you again that when a team starts finding its feet and its players start playing for each other, then positive overall results almost come by itself,” said the veteran forward.

A 17-day break between their final round robin fixture and a Currie Cup semi-final against the Bulls might not prove particularly ideal, but Willem Alberts is encouraged by the growth shown by the Lions in the current domestic campaign.

The 36-year-old utility forward, who returned to Ellis Park in early 2020 after a four-year stint in France with Stade Francais, has reminded all of his continued worth, playing a starring role in his team’s march to the tournament’s playoffs, which included five consecutive victories.

The Lions’ resurgence has been in stark contrast to the start of last year, where a team and coaching staff in transition stumbled to five losses from six starts in Super Rugby. Yet, as it turned out, all the franchise required was a purposeful lockdown-period recruitment spree and some time to take stock.< width="1" height="2" border="0" style="-sizing: border-; display: block; margin: 12px auto;">< width="1" height="2" border="0" style="-sizing: border-; display: block; margin: 12px auto;">

“It’s really great being part of an up and coming and exciting Lions team,” Alberts, who started his professional career in Doornfontein before becoming a Springbok at the Sharks, told Sport24 .

“There’s a brilliant mix of talent and experience in this group. I think the one thing the season taught us is that it takes a bit of time for a team to get its rhythm.

“But once we got it towards the end of the Super Rugby Unlocked campaign, we’ve really started to play a nice brand of rugby.”

Indeed, one of the hallmarks of the Lions’ Currie Cup assault has been a newfound ability to adopt a more pragmatic approach when the going gets too tough for their famed expansive game. That was evident in gritty victories over Western Province and the Sharks, where their pack stood up well, and became a symphony away to the Cheetahs as forward robustness was combined with some fine attacking play.

“It shows you again that when a team starts finding its feet and its players start playing for each other, then positive overall results almost come by itself,” said Alberts.

“We’ve always had the potential and ability to make an impact, we just didn’t execute the right things at the most appropriate time. The last six weeks has been very satisfying. We’ve worked hard to see our efforts bear fruit.”

As a former pupil from Monument, an institution synonymous with the fabric of Lions rugby, the man known as the “Bone Collector” is particularly pleased to be helping write this new chapter, particularly with a new brigade of Wit Bulle in MJ Pelser, Ruan Dreyer, Len Massyn, Nathan McBeth, Burger Odendaal and scrum coach Julian Redelinghuys in tow.

“I’ve come full circle, I started my professional career here and I’m probably going to end it here too,” said Alberts. “It’s really nice working with all my younger Monnas team-mates. I love mixing with these guys. They love the game. ”

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Willem Alberts maak 'n groot verskil in ons vaste vyf. Ons is skielik baie fisies. Hoop Willem en Jannie kan altwee groot games teen die Bulls he. Het altwee baie nodig veral met hulle ondervinding!
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Die eerste stap om die bulle te klop was nog altyd om hulle fisiek te match en hul baldraers agter die voordeellyn te stop, so manne soos Alberts en Jannie het beslis groot rolle om te speel. Die hele span sal egter hul lywe op die spel moet sit van begin tot einde. Dit gaan hard en moeilik wees maar ons kan dit doen. Die kuns is om fisiek te wees maar steeds binne die reëls te bly en met dissipline te speel. Geen mal kop oomblikke nie!! Orie is nogal dikwels skuldig hieraan.
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Dissipline sal baie belangrik wees, geen strafskoppe en sny die foute uit, dan gee jy hulle nie gratis momentum nie
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Originally posted by Goue Leeu Goue Leeu wrote:

Die eerste stap om die bulle te klop was nog altyd om hulle fisiek te match en hul baldraers agter die voordeellyn te stop, so manne soos Alberts en Jannie het beslis groot rolle om te speel. Die hele span sal egter hul lywe op die spel moet sit van begin tot einde. Dit gaan hard en moeilik wees maar ons kan dit doen. Die kuns is om fisiek te wees maar steeds binne die reëls te bly en met dissipline te speel. Geen mal kop oomblikke nie!! Orie is nogal dikwels skuldig hieraan.
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Dink daar is 'n verskil tussen om opgewasse te wees teen hulle (Bulle) se fisieke spel, en om hulle fisies te probeer oorheers. Met Mitchel en Ackerman was daar altyd eerstens 'n klem op vinnige hoe tempo fase spel. Die afgelope paar jaar, lyk dit asof ons maar net nog 'n tipiese Suid Afrikaanse span is. 

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Originally posted by emiel1 emiel1 wrote:

Die afgelope paar jaar, lyk dit asof ons maar net nog 'n tipiese Suid Afrikaanse span is.

Cash se idee is om meer van n balans te hê, wat ook nie n slegte ding is nie, maar ja ons tempo lyk nie meer dieselfde nie, paar goeie goed het ook bietjie verlore gegaan
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Ek dink die Lions moet dit heroorweeg om Swys wees as tegniese konsultant aan te stel veral vir die agterlyn. Ek weet nie wat daar gebeur het nie maar Lions het probeer alle bande met hom te beeindig wat ek dink baie dom is. Swys is een van die slimste afrigters daar buite om spasie aan te val. Hy dink dieselfde daaroor as New Zealanders. As Swys terug is sal die Lions weer dieselfde rugby as voorheen speel. Kyk wat Swys bv aan Damian De Allende se skills gedoen het hy word skielik beskou as een vd beste senters in die wereld. Swys is 'n groot Lions ondersteuner en sal graag wil weer help veral as druk baie minder op hom is.
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Originally posted by vdwestjo vdwestjo wrote:

Ek dink die Lions moet dit heroorweeg om Swys wees as tegniese konsultant aan te stel veral vir die agterlyn. Ek weet nie wat daar gebeur het nie maar Lions het probeer alle bande met hom te beeindig wat ek dink baie dom is. Swys is een van die slimste afrigters daar buite om spasie aan te val. Hy dink dieselfde daaroor as New Zealanders. As Swys terug is sal die Lions weer dieselfde rugby as voorheen speel. Kyk wat Swys bv aan Damian De Allende se skills gedoen het hy word skielik beskou as een vd beste senters in die wereld. Swys is 'n groot Lions ondersteuner en sal graag wil weer help veral as druk baie minder op hom is.
Om hom te betrek as hulp afrigter of konsultant is dalk 'n goeie plan. Maar ek dink nogsteeds, en klink dalk soos 'n plaat wat vashak, Jimmy Stonehouse MOET betrek word.
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