Jantjies emotional after Lions victory

Date published: July 30 2016

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Lions fly-half Elton Jantjies was understandably thrilled with his side's performance in their semi-final win over the Highlanders in Johannesburg on Saturday.

An emotional Jantjies, who won the man of the match award after scoring 22 points in the 42-30 triumph, said although his side delivered a special effort they have to stay focused ahead of next weekend's final against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

"I don't have a lot of words, but it is a big year," he said.

"We still have another week to go."

Although Jantjies was superb on attack he also impressed in defence and stopped several Highlanders in their tracks with some brave tackles.

"We had to take responsibility, especially after last week [against the Crusaders] when we missed a few one-on-one tackles – we had to fix it this week," he added. 

"It was a great performance from the team, but also from the Highlanders side as well – they played for the full 80." 

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann admitted that a difficult task awaits his troops in Wellington on Saturday but feels they can upset the Hurricanes on their home turf.

"It is a big challenge against a tremendous Hurricanes side," he said. 

"The guys love touring and hopefully we will travel well. We will give it our best shot – there is nothing more I can ask from the guys.

"All the pressure is on the Hurricanes. They ended No.1 and they are playing at home, so we can just go out there and enjoy our game."

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