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Lions excited for remaining week on lengthy tour earlier than heading dwelling

The Lions are trying ahead to their remaining week of an extended four-week European tour as they put together for his or her United Rugby Championship (URC) conflict towards Connacht on the Sportsground in Galway on Saturday evening.

It has been a correct 4 week tour crossing Europe and the UK for the Lions with them beginning with a loss towards Munster in Cork in early January, earlier than touring to Paris the place they went all the way down to Stade Francais, after which transferring on to Ystrad Mynach in Wales the place they defeated the Dragons.

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They now discover themselves again in Eire to tackle hosts Connacht, earlier than they head again to South Africa.

“We’re trying ahead to week 4 on tour. We now have a full day of journey on Monday after which a brief preparation week,” stated Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen.

“Everybody is aware of how extraordinarily robust Connacht is at dwelling. It supplies an excellent alternative for us as a bunch to check ourselves as soon as extra.”

Bouncing again

The Lions will head into the Connacht match with some confidence, having damaged a 4 recreation shedding streak with their Problem Cup win over the Dragons on Sunday.

The guests had been heading in the right direction for an emphatic win, main 30-5 early within the second half, earlier than the hosts staged an enormous comeback that just about noticed them steal the win on the loss of life, with the ultimate rating 30-25.

The Lions reward for ending within the high half of their Problem Cup pool is a house tie towards French powerhouse Racing 92, who reached the semifinals of the premier Champions Cup final season, however this season missed out on the final 16, dropping into the second division Problem Cup.

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“We’re clearly pleased with the outcome, particularly on week three, which is generally mentally the hardest week on tour. I’m additionally pleased with the way in which the crew reacted and tailored after the late venue change,” defined Van Rooyen.

“The second half was once more a scenario the place we conceded penalties whereas additionally struggling to achieve territory dominance. These are areas the place we are going to hold searching for options on how one can get the momentum again in our favour.

“However we’re extraordinarily excited to play within the spherical of 16 towards one of many unique European energy homes at dwelling.”

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