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Lions hooker relishing Coles' challenge

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    27 Jul 2017     Getty Images

Coles is expected to start for the first time since March due to concussion issues and Marx has acknowledged the challenge.

"He's a brilliant player, like many of the Hurricanes players, but we're definitely not focusing on any individuals," Marx said.

The Lion has been one of the key performers in for his side during the season and sits third on the Super Rugby statistics for winning turnover ball this year and demonstrated how much he means to the side in their quarterfinal win over the Sharks at the weekend.



Marx said the Lions had to make the most of their second chance in two years to have a crack at making the final.

"It's not every day that you get into the Super Rugby playoffs for a second year in a row and this time as the top-placed team. We certainly want to make that count for us," he told The Star.

"We did the hard work last year as well and would have loved to win the title then, but it was always going to be difficult away from home and playing against a team more familiar with the weather conditions we faced on the day.

"But now we have an opportunity in front of us and need to take advantage of playing at home," he said.

"Of course it is an advantage playing at home, and knowing we got through the quarters and semis last year; we're a more experienced side now, but we can't rely on that. Just look how hard the Sharks pushed us last weekend…and this week it's going to be even tougher."



Although he missed the 50-17 thrashing the Hurricanes dished out to the Lions in their roundrobin game last year, he said the experience of playing them in the final was fresh in his mind.

"I remember that on the day they were in our faces, they applied a lot of pressure. The Hurricanes are a great side with quality individuals. The Sharks too, last weekend, played a pressure game and were tactically very good, but we'll be better off this week.

"We weren't happy with our showing last Saturday, but you can't always perform at that high level. The good thing is we pulled off the win, and can now look forward to the next challenge," he said.