The Crusaders feel that discipline will be key against the Lions’ strong set-piece game – their solid line-out maul and scrum.
“You don’t give a penalty, they don’t get the opportunity,” Mooar said.
“We’ve done a bit of both sides of the game against them in the past where our discipline has been outstanding and they haven’t had the opportunities, and then also the likes of the Final last year, when we didn’t get our exit game right and a few penalties against us and they had plenty of opportunities early,” he said.
However, penalties had been a big concern after the 18 penalties conceded in their last outing against the Highlanders and were something that had been addressed in preparation.
“Our guys are smart people and players and they understand that that’s far too many [penalties]. At one stage there, it was six-all in the penalty count and then we had a run of 12 penalties.
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