Burger’s big day: It was my best game for the Lions

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Burger Odendaal

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  • Lions center and captain Burger Odendaal said he may have played his best game for the Lions on Friday night.
  • They beat the Ospreys 45-15 in their United Rugby Championship clash at Ellis Park, with the success being their third straight home win.
  • The Lions are on an upward trajectory, but one that will be tested as the tournament progresses.

Outgoing Lions center and captain Burger Odendaal felt he may have played his best game for the Lions when they routed the Ospreys 45-15 at Ellis Park on Friday.

Odendaal, who will travel to Wasps, did not score a try from the seven the hosts overcame the Men in Black in their United Rugby Championship clash but continued to question the defense throughout throughout the game.

The visitors also chose to attack all 10 or 13 canals, which made it easier for the Lions to defend than expected.

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Odendaal lived in the moment but knew he had to prepare for next week’s home challenge against Edinburgh. “It was probably my best game in a Lions shirt, but I won’t dwell on it too long,” Odendaal said.

“There’s a saying that you’re only as good as your last game because there’s a new challenge next week.

“I told the guys it was good to have Saturday and Sunday off, so we’ll take the win and start again on Monday.”

None of the seven tries scored by the Lions went to Wandisile Simelane but Odendaal said the aim was to create space for Edwill van der Merwe and Sibahle ‘Rabz’ Maxwane.

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The wingers scored at opposite ends of the game, with the other tries going to Manuel Rass, a brace for Morne van den Berg and Francke Horn.

Odendaal said they needed to create space for their outside back to thrive, which they did on a cold, but lung-breaking night for visitors.

“I think he loosened up a bit on the pitch because there was a lot of space, especially outside,” Odendaal said.

“We actually challenged ourselves to create space on the outside for Rabz and Edwill with the back or just expand to them.

“I think it worked for us, and we capitalized on their mistakes. I think the display was awesome, and it was clinical.”

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