Crusaders coach Todd Black-adder believes the Lions can win the Super Rugby title this year.
Speaking after the Crusaders were beaten 25-42 by the Lions in their Ellis Park quarterfinal on Saturday, Blackadder said the major hurdle the side would face would be if they had to travel to Wellington for the final.
That would be dependent on the Hurricanes overcoming the Chiefs in the other semifinal on Saturday.
If the Chiefs win they would face a return flight to SA for the final.
Blackadder says: “I think they [the Lions] have been playing good rugby all year.
“We knew when we played them earlier in the season that we would have our hands full... and they’ve improved really well.
“They put us under pressure and took their opportunities so they showed what a good quality side they are.”