Blues underestimating the Lions?

March 4, 2011
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They have dished out some massive beatings to the Lions in the past, but are the Blues perhaps underestimating the resurgent Lions team?

Pieter Jordaan – Sport24

The Blues will carry a lot of confidence into Friday night’s Super Rugby match against the Lions at Coca-Cola Park because they have won the last four meetings between the teams.

However, the Blues may not be aware that John Mitchell’s Lions are a different proposition to their predecessors.

The men from Auckland may have caught some of the hype about the Lions, but the visiting team will not run onto the field with the same confidence they had when they scored 50 points in their last two visits.

For the past four years the Blues have always managed to run the Lions ragged, but it was the matches in Johannesburg where the Lions were particularly poor.

In 2008 they lost 10-55 there and last year’s 14-56 defeat was just about the lowest point in the team’s collapse under Dick Muir.

It’s therefore as if Mitchell and his Lions team are being confronted with their greatest fear – a Blues team full of All Blacks that will be keen to make the Lions hang their heads in shame once more.

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  1. avatar WiLLem says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    The Lions may not beat the Blues, but only an idjEEt wiLL not value the development that CoachMitcheLL had done wiFF daLions!

    Now time wiLL teLL if the only LionROAR @ CokePark stiLL is that inside a packet of Simba ChiLLy Chips or not, but I seriously doubt that the Blues wiLL pitch up with a relaxed mindset.

  2. avatar KietieCat says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Not so sure WiLLem – they did “rest” 5 or 6 of their front line players!

    So hopefully they DO underestimate the Lions and we pull this one out the bag!

  3. avatar JT says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Reply to KietieCat @ 12:49 pm:

    other than Mealamu who else?

  4. avatar Ollie says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I think the Lions have it in them to take the Blues this time around.

    The Blues are coming off of 2 hard matches into altitude against a team that moving the ball a lot.

  5. avatar JT says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Reply to Ollie @ 1:17 pm:

    I agree – However when the Lions win we should not underplay it due to a 2nd string Blues team because it isn’t! It is a very strong side.

  6. avatar Namboer says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Reply to JT @ 1:03 pm: Rene Ranger and one of the locks too, methinks. All 3 locks have played for the AB’s though, not really much separating them.

  7. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Reply to WiLLem @ 11:43 am:

    yep he’s doing awesome in keeping that world ranking super rugby losing streak going!

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 1:48 pm:

    Worth every penny…

  9. avatar JT says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Reply to Namboer @ 1:37 pm:

    Haiu is just as good as Boric if not better, Ranger is IMO kak!

    Anyone else?

  10. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Reply to JT @ 2:02 pm:

    Rene ate all the pies this season!

  11. avatar Ollie says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Reply to JT @ 1:36 pm:

    Agree, it’s a good blues team, regardless.

    Ranger can have moments of very good rugby, unfortunately mostly against the boks

  12. avatar Ollie says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 2:04 pm:

    Has he packed on a few kilo’s?

  13. avatar DavidS says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I hope they have underestimated us and get a f++kslap of 40 point nature…

    Pity I have to take a family member to Jhb International to fly aus nach Deutschland jawohl… and my wife’s doing a work function leaving me alone with the kiddies…

    Otherwise i was there like a bear

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