Lions ‘excited’ about tough Montpellier test

Henry

The Lions may be without the services of players such as Sanele Nohamba, Quan Horn, Marius Louw and Hencu van Wyk for their match against Montpellier, but they are still ready to deliver a mane-hair performance against the French.

It’s definitely not going to be easy.

After all, Montpellier boasts players such as Cobus Reinach, George Bridge, Jan Serfontein and Ben Lam in its ranks and the team currently holds first place in Group 2 of the European Challenge Cup.

Still, the Lions are close on the French club’s heels – by just one point, in fact – and have been persuaded to go strong at the GGL Stadium.

“I think it will be a tough challenge. If you look at their talented group of players, you can’t really understand why they are currently struggling in the Top 14 tournament,” said Barend Pieterse.

According to the Lions’ forwards coach, the Johannesburgers will not simply deviate from their game plan, but adaptability is equally important.

“If the weather permits, we will always be a team that plays attacking rugby. But we will want to chase the first territory advantage and pass the ball behind their big players, as it were.”

At the same time, the players are looking forward to competing against the star-studded Montpellier.

“As a group we work very well together and the guys challenge each other to play their best game. We are therefore naturally excited about the match and it is a great opportunity to make our mark as a team,” said Darrien Landsberg.

The European Challenge Cup match kicks off at 10pm on Saturday and the action will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

Lions’ touring squad:

Backs: Andries Coetzee, Erich Cronjé, Boldwin Hansen, Jordan Hendrikse, Rynhardt Jonker, Gianni Lombard, Johan Mulder, Stean Pienaar, Manuel Rass, Nico Steyn and Kade Wolhuter.

Forwards: Morné Brandon, Izan Esterhuizen, Corné Fourie, Travis Gordon, Darrien Landsberg, Morgan Naude, Etienne Oosthuizen, Heiko Pohlmann, JC Pretorius, Raynard Roets, Hanru Sirgel, Ruan Smith, Ruhan Straeuli, Conrad van Vuuren and Jaco Visagie.

  • Scores:

Group 1:

  1. Cheetahs: 9 points after two games
  2. Sharks: 7 points after two games
  3. Dragons: 6 points after two games
  4. Zebre: 4 points after two games
  5. Section Paloise: 4 points after two matches
  6. Oyonnax Rugby: 1 point after two games

Group 2:

  1. Montpellier: 10 points after two games
  2. Lions: 9 points after two games
  3. Benetton: 6 points after two games
  4. Ospreys: 5 points after two games
  5. Newcastle Falcons: 1 point after two games
  6. Perpignan: No points after two games

Group 3:

  1. Gloucester: 8 points after two games
  2. Black Lion: 5 points after two games
  3. Castres Olympique: 5 points after two games
  4. Clermont: 5 points after two games
  5. Edinburgh: 5 points after two games
  6. Scarlets: No points after two games