The Lions admitted that they conned the Chiefs in making late changes to the side before kick-off in Hamilton last Friday.

Springboks Malcolm Marx and Elton Jantjies were initially named on the bench, but were added to the starting team just before kick-off.

Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli said this was the plan from the start.

“It was a tactical move to announce the team like that because we wanted the Chiefs to believe they were not going to play. With Malcolm on the bench, the Chiefs opted to rest some of their heavy forwards. With him in the starting team we could take them on at scrum time and it worked well. The foundation for our victory was laid up front,” Straeuli said.

Marx had a solid game as always and Jantjies played at inside centre doing a good job.

The 24-year-old Marx will however miss Friday’s clash against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

He is rested according to Springbok protocol.

Jantjies will return to the number 10 jersey following the injury to Gianni Lombard.

Lombard picked up a knee injury against the Chiefs and is on his way back home.

The Lions will finish the tour without head coach Swys de Bruin after he returned home shortly before the Chiefs kick-off.

It was said that he left for personal reasons, but on Monday he admitted that it is due to stress.

Currie Cup and conditioning coach Ivan van Rooyen has taken over the coaching duties until further notice.

The Lions will not face the All Black duo of Matt Todd and Scott Barrett.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has extended his leave for another week.

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Written By Carl Coertzen

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