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Too many close calls have made Griquas hungry for success

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Griquas will be desperate to win tomorrow night's game against the roaring Lions

Swys de Bruin, coach of the Lions will be hoping that his experience in coaching Griquas a few years ago will help his Lions overcome the hosts tomorrow.

The Xerox Golden Lions seem to be well prepared for their Currie Cup clash against Tafel Lager Griquas at Tafel Lager Park tomorrow

night.

Lions coach Swys de Bruin doesn’t foresee a happy reunion when he returns to his former stomping grounds tomorrow, because he knows only too well how hostile the reception can be.

“We’ll have to up the physical department again, there’s no denying that,” said De Bruin, referring to their narrow 29-28 win over the Pumas last weekend. “I know Griquas only too well and I also know that ground very well as I was fortunate to coach there for five years, from 1999 to 2003 it will be a big challenge,” he added.

Griquas, meanwhile, will be desperate to win this match if they want to avoid a promotion-relegation battle at the end of the season, which will not augur well with their supporters or their sponsors.

Hopefully they have sorted out their problems with missed tackles, maintaining possession and poor ball handling.

Griquas assistant coach Dave Hesketh told the DFA that the hosts of tomorrow night’s game are well aware of the threat posed by the Lions.

“The Lions position (on the log) certainly doesn’t reflect the quality they have in their team with a number of players capable of Springbok selection in the future,” he said.

“Our focus this week has been on ourselves, our decision-making and our processes. We know if we can put together an 80-minute performance we can beat anyone in this competition. What has let us down in recent weeks are small errors and failing to adapt well enough to what is happening during games.”

Hesketh also said that the players are hungry for success after far too many close calls. “After coming close with another good second half performance last week, the players are hungry for the result this week and are looking forward to the exciting challenge that the Lions will bring.”

DAVE ALEXANDER