Lions taking baby steps

Lions coach Eugene Eloff was pleased with his side’s thrashing of the Pumas on Saturday, but admits they still have a mountain to climb ahead of the Currie Cup.

“We’re not getting too excited yet,” Eloff told “We’re just taking small steps at the moment. The scoreboard means nothing.”

The Lions gave the men from Witbank a sound 38-0 hiding at Ellis Park. Their defence in particular was something that Eloff was happy with.

“The fact that they didn’t get over our line once says a lot. But we still have plenty to work on.”

The areas of the Lions game of which Eloff speaks are predominately the set pieces and the basic skills. “We need to work on our phase play and the securing of possession,” he said.

Standout players for the Lions team included the Rose brothers, Super 14 flyhalf Earl and newcomer Jody, who both troubled the Pumas on attack.

“I am very excited with the young talent coming through,” said Eloff. “We are looking forward to the start of the season where we will definitely be looking to up our game.”

By Jon Cardinelli