Cronje looking to set pace for Lions

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The Springbok halfback's kicking game and ability on defence was matched by his distribution as the side went on their second half rampage to swamp the Hurricanes but he is wary of the Crusaders' threat.

"Clinically they're a great team," he told South African media ahead of the game.

"They can punish you on turnover ball, they have a great counter attack and they've got ball players.

"They have out-muscled a lot of teams, so it's going to be massive for our forwards to front up this weekend," he said.

Cronje said the back room boffins for the Lions had identified some potential areas of vulnerability for the Crusaders and they would be looking to exploit them.

"They amount of All Blacks they have in their pack says something for itself," he said. "Stats don't lie…it's going to be a massive challenge for our forwards to come up against something like that this weekend.

"I believe we've got the players that will man up to them," he said.

Cronje was aware of the Crusaders' ability to dictate the pace of the game when they were in control but said the Lions would be looking to play on their terms.

"If I need to speed it up I will speed it up and if I need to slow it down, same thing. I've been working on that for the last couple of years.

"During the week we identify attack and defensive strategy and then we execute. It makes my life a lot easier knowing how we want to play and what pace we want to play. It all depends on the team we're playing against," he said.