Aplon, back in Super Rugby mode

Springbok fullback Gio Aplon on Saturday said they will easily slip back into Super Rugby mode again.

Springbok and Stormers fullback Gio Aplon. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

PORT ELIZABETH - Springbok and Stormers fullback Gio Aplon on Saturday said his team will easily slip back into Super Rugby mode for this weekend's game against the Lions at Newlands, Cape Town.

Aplon played for the Springboks in Saturday's 14-all draw against England in Port Elizabeth.

The Lions are in disarray after coach John Mitchell was suspended last week.

The South African Rugby Union said Mitchell was suspended with immediate effect following complaints from players. He faces a disciplinary hearing.

Aplon said he hopes coach Allister Coetzee will give the team an extra day off, but said the team is ultimately focused on winning the Super Rugby competition.

"Our bodies will be tired, but maybe the coach will give us a day off.

"However, we know that we have a huge challenge lying ahead of us. We haven't won a trophy in 11 years."

Aplon said he and his fellow Stormers teammates in the Bok squad will use their three-Test experience, as Super Rugby heads towards the knockout phases.

"I'll take some positives from this experience back to the Stormers. This year we want to end the trophy draught."

The Stormers are currently number two in the log while the Lions are second from bottom.