CONFIDENT: Lions Swys de Bruin

They lost to the Crusaders earlier this year - a flattering 43-37 loss at Ellis Park.

But the Lions are not going to surrender that easily again when the two teams clash in the Super Rugby quarterfinal on their home patch this weekend.

So says assistant coach Swys de Bruin.

De Bruin also adds that they won’t change their mindset and game plan for the encounter.

He explains: “There’s no reason to change anything.

“Yes we lost to the Crusaders the last time we played against them, and also against the Hurricanes… those two matches without a doubt being our two worst performances of the year.

“But, we also beat the Chiefs away and won against the Blues. We’ve shown we can play against New Zealand teams and win… so it doesn’t really matter that we’re up against the Crusaders this weekend.”

De Bruin believes his team can match the men from Canterbury and adds: “The Crusaders caught us with something like a blitzkrieg when we played them the last time.

“But there’s not much between the teams, we’ve both lost four going into this match and won 11.”

Meanwhile, the Lions are confident that captain Warren Whiteley, who will undergo a fitness test today, will be fit and ready to go in time for the clash.