Two very important residence video games await the Lions as they put together to face the Dragons within the United Rugby Championship (URC) conflict at Ellis Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Lions have had a blended season to this point, producing a run of stellar kind away from residence to clinch a 3 match unbeaten run between Wales and Scotland, however have failed to duplicate this at residence, struggling three defeats.
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They misplaced their opening recreation of the season at Ellis Park in opposition to the Bulls, earlier than happening in a thriller in opposition to Ulster after the away tour, earlier than their recreation in opposition to Glasgow Warriors was postponed, with their defeat to Stormers simply earlier than the worldwide break.
They now face a two-game collection in opposition to Welsh sides who’re thought of weaker opponents within the URC, making it the right time for the Lions to try to reverse their poor residence kind.
‘important for us’
“I really feel the subsequent two video games will likely be essential for us, simply to regain the profitable momentum at residence. Our residence kind has been disappointing to this point this season as we wish to play good rugby for the followers and get extra individuals watching,” stated Lions eighth participant Francke Horn.
“In order that’s one thing we wish to tackle beginning this weekend. Clearly we take it match by match and staff by staff, however we wish to begin taking part in higher at residence and hopefully we will try this in opposition to the Dragons on Sunday.”
The Dragons have nonetheless loved a good season to this point and head into the match after two wins, in opposition to Ospreys and Zebre, and having upset Munster early within the competitors, they are going to be assured of making an attempt to upset the house facet.
Nevertheless, the Lions have been working arduous in current weeks and are able to get again to work.
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“We’ve got had an excellent few weeks and are trying ahead to the subsequent 10 video games on the trot. We talked loads about dealing with the sport, significantly going into some moist and chilly circumstances (within the UK and Europe) in January,” Horn defined.
“So I believe we centered on that and likewise on making an attempt to play as a lot rugby as doable in the precise areas of the pitch. That is additionally a giant focus for us.”
After the Dragons recreation, the Lions will face the Scarlets, who have not loved a robust one-win season in opposition to 5 losses to date, and if the Lions can muster a constructive consequence on Sunday, they may go into that match with loads of confidence.