Lions and Stormers keen to get show on the road
No-nonsense loosehead prop Jacques van Rooyen explains the Lions’ approach to the derby
It is a case of one step forward and two steps back for the Stormers at the moment‚ but they are regrouping in an effort to claim their first away win of the season when they meet the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday. Their inconsistency was underlined by a disappointing performance against the Bulls at Loftus last weekend‚ which has piled pressure on the Cape side. The 33-23 loss was their fourth defeat in seven games in 2018. Coming after two good home wins against the Blues and Reds‚ where they seemed to be heading in the right direction‚ the performance against the Bulls was perplexing. The Stormers forwards were massacred at the first scrum of the game‚ which appeared to rob the team of confidence. That insecurity then seeped into the remainder of the match as they lost the contact points and battled for possession. Losing is one thing‚ but losing with such a meek performance is another. Two yellow cards also hurt the Stormers and allowed the Bulls to use their driving maul from...