Lions assistant coach Neil de Bruin has challenged his players to live up to their billing as South Africa’s best Super Rugby outfit as the competition nears the business end.

The Lions lead the SA Conference ahead of the Jaguares and will host a quarterfinal at Ellis Park next weekend if they beat the Bulls on Saturday (3.05pm).

De Bruin, son of head coach Swys, says: “Talk is cheap now ...we must now play. 

“Hopefully we’ve got four games left... and we’re going to have to play every game to the maximum if we’re going to make it.

“We want a complete performance [against the Bulls]. 

“I’d like us to play with freedom and to limit our mistakes. 

“If you make mistakes and concede penalties you get onto the back foot, so discipline will be crucial.” 

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen. Replacements: 16 Corne Fourie, 17 Johannes Jonker, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman/Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 23 Howard Mnisi/Shaun Reynolds. 

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