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Loffie’s cup runneth over


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 19 Feb 2008 at 11:52

Never one to shy away from a spot of hyperbolic gushing, one gets the impression Lions Coach Loffie Eloff is pretty elated with his side’s upset win over the Cheetahs. Here’s what he had to say on the Lions official website, www.lionsrugby.co.za.

The ideal kick off to a Super 14 – beating the Cheetahs away. It could not have been better. With odds against us of about 100 – 1, and with television commentators saying there was no ways we could beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, it sure proves that rugby is a funny game, and on any given day any team can win a match.

Fortunately, on Saturday, it was ours for the taking.

Arriving at the field, it felt as if we were at a building site with all the construction on the go, and I can see Australian and New Zealand teams complaining about the circumstances around the stadiums which are being upgraded.

But let’s focus on the game. The first half seemed as if we were just going through the motions and the players were very quiet on the field. But what I picked up was that they did not lose focus, and they didn’t panic when we were behind on that quick try.

We had a few scoring opportunities that we missed, but going into half time, I knew that the second half was going to be a new game.

During my half time team talk, I told the players that I believe in them, and that they need to believe in themselves as well, and just stick to the plans. And the second half spoke for itself.

The boys came out firing and I thought we had the better of the Cheetahs in all facets. We need to brush up on our lineouts that we lost, and our option taking. Here and there we had some mistackles, but I’m very proud of what the boys achieved against all odds.

It was quite ironic that during half time the commentators did interviews on the first half, and said that the players looked out on their feet, and that they would battle to finish the game at pace. I thought we were the team that looked fitter in the latter stages of the second half, and after the match, the guys had so much energy they could have played another half.

The new laws have definitely sped up the game. But that suits us well.

This Saturday is the big game. The blues are tipped to win the Super 14 this year. We are not giving anything away at our home field, and they are going to be up for a fight until the last second of the match. We’ll play to win it.

Thank you for the emails, sms’s and support. It means so much and I hope to see a lot of red at Ellis Park this Saturday.

Regards.

Eugene “Loffie” Eloff



23 Comments

  • what do you mean upset? it was obvious the lions were going to win. they just tried their best not to. the cheetahs have a starting line up and that is it, once they go to the bench, they are in trouble. The lions are sitting with the squad that got them to the cc final, and almost beat a cheetahs outfit that still had willem de waal and a front row.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.02.08 14:04:51 by try time Reply
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  • TT,

    Let’s spare them this moment of glory, still 12 hard rounds ahead before the semi’s… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.02.08 14:11:22 by Charlie Reply
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  • Go LIONS! Take the Blues for us

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.02.08 14:36:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • So you do have a Lion streak in you… :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.02.08 14:41:26 by Charlie Reply

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  • I did live in Jozi for five years…

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.02.08 14:44:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • …with a heart bleeding for Sharkland… :sad:

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.02.08 14:46:27 by Charlie Reply

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  • of course!

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.02.08 14:47:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • for Dundee, hehehehehe :twisted:

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.02.08 14:49:07 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Good old Dundeee.

    Home of Andre Snyman and Geoff Appleford

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.02.08 14:53:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • lol, home of 2 international centres & a wannabe Nathaniel sans make-up resembling lock… :!:

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.02.08 14:56:35 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • huh? Which lock is that?

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.02.08 15:11:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • mwahahahaha

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.02.08 15:18:04 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • You mean ME? Why you little…. I outta…. I look NOTHING like Nathaniel!

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.02.08 15:23:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Actually Quinny has a point there……

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.02.08 15:26:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Don’t get me started… Quinny, you now what they say about people in glass houses ;)

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.02.08 15:28:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • my my let’s not be too sensitive.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.02.08 15:48:15 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • come on… NATANIEL? Yikes!

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.02.08 15:50:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • It could be worse Rob. I “could have” suggested that you resemble the following…

    http://op-for.com/dr%20evil%20mini%20me.jpg

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.02.08 15:50:33 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • I mean, isn’t there a greater eveil behind the pretence of Sharksworld ;)

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.02.08 15:51:13 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Yes… it’s Admin ;)

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.02.08 15:55:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good start amd this with a depleted squad..Loffie is certainly a man that gets the best out of his players, Good on the Lions.
    A win against the blues would just be the perfect start!

    Lions !!

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.02.08 14:18:19 by csb Reply

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  • preferred your other pic, Cabman ;)

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.02.08 14:21:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • whoops… this little font is confusing me.

    Sorry, CSB… thought you were CAB for a second! :oops:

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.02.08 14:27:28 by robdylan Reply
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