Lions face a tough encounter with Waratahs

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Lions Super Rugby captain Warren Whiteley says their Australian opponents this weekend, the Waratahs, will punish the Joburg team’s mistakes more severely than any of their previous opponents.

The Lions take on the Waratahs in the second semi-final at three o’clock on Saturday afternoon in Johannesburg.

The Lions recorded a convincing win against the Jaguares in the quarter-final but there was a period in the second half where the Lions defence allowed their opponents back in the game.

The Waratahs are one of the top try scoring teams this season and they will not squander the same opportunities.

“We did it this weekend. We were a bit disappointed when we gave them two tries 10 minutes into the second half and if we do that again then they will also punish us and maybe take the game away. So we will have to play for 80 minutes,” says Lions captain, Warren Whiteley.

And while the kick-off time and the dry hard field might give the home side an advantage, it’s also a gift from the rugby gods for the Waratahs.

“They are definitely an attacking side so it could benefit both of the teams. So you might see some exiting rugby on Saturday and we will not change anything we will play like we’ve always played,”  says Lions Fullback, Andries Coetzee.

The Lions have scored 81 this season with the Waratahs are not far behind on 77.