Frequent-flyer Highlanders doing Lions’ share of travel
RUGBY UNION: Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph is making light of his team’s gruelling travel schedule, but there is no hiding his concern ahead of Sunday’s Super Rugby semi-final against the Lions in Johannesburg.
Having watched his side survive a “wake-up call” in its 15-9 victory over the ACT Brumbies in the first round of the finals, Joseph knows a much better effort will be required to beat “a very good Lions team”.
“Travel’s travel. I think the guys are okay,” he said.
“Since they’ve been back in South Africa, the Lions have just gone from strength to strength.
“Unlike the other South African teams, they play a running game of football.
“They can maul, they can scrum, so they’ve got a total game, which is one of the big reasons why they’re still here.”
Whereas the Highlanders have played successive games in Port Elizabeth, Buenos Aires, Dunedin and Canberra since the resumption of the competition in July, the Lions have played their past 13 games in South Africa, including nine in Johannesburg.