The Lions are gearing as much as face the Dragons within the first of three matches over two competitions over the following two months, with the primary sport within the United Rugby Championship (URC) at Ellis Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Lions will then host the Welsh aspect of their first ever European Challenge Cup match on December 10, earlier than taking them on once more in Wales within the return fixture on January 22.
It can thus be an fascinating interval for the 2 sides, and the Lions will likely be eager to say their dominance from the off at dwelling on Sunday.
“We’re enjoying Dragons 3 times in eight weeks, so we’ve accomplished our evaluation on them and we are going to hold making ready because the week goes on,” stated Lions wing Edwill van der Merwe.
“Enjoying them 3 times in two competitions in a brief span of time goes to be a special problem and we are going to attempt to get optimistic leads to each competitions.
“Dragons are a high quality aspect they usually have been enjoying a lot better this season particularly in comparison with final season, so we’re wanting ahead to the match and a superb season.
Each the Lions and the Dragons play an identical model of rugby, with either side desperate to run the ball once they can, so with it set to be a dry sport on Sunday, followers may very well be in for a feast of operating rugby.
“They’re a group who love operating the ball they usually additionally love attacking kicks, so we predict a superb operating rugby sport. That can also be one thing that we need to do, so it’s going to be a superb match on Sunday,” defined Van Der Merwe.
“We will likely be seeking to pace up the sport, however I feel crucial factor is we have to have acquire line dominance with some sturdy carries from each forwards and backs, which is able to assist us construct momentum and from there pace the sport up.
“So firstly we need to win the bodily battle, and it’s in our DNA to be a bodily group, so we’ve to convey that on the weekend after which we will take it from there.”