Lions coach Eugene Eloff was at a loss for words after his team’s dismal second half performance that saw them suffer a huge 18-56 defeat at the hands of the Stormers at Newlands at the weekend.
Rugby 365 reports that despite putting his usual positive spin on matters, Eloff admitted he was searching for answers.
“I want to find out what happened after half-time,” he said, adding: “We held our own in the first half.”
And put it right he will, he promised.
“When we conceded that early second-half try, the team started to panic,” he feels.
“We started to play as individuals and our structures fell apart.”
His captain Cobus Grobbelaar felt his side made too many mistakes and Eloff said that that was one of the major problems against a side that punishes opponents for their mistakes with counter-attacks.
After the first half-an-hour there was nothing separating the teams, the score at 18-all.
The Stormers scored just before the break to take the lead and at 23-18, it was still very much anyone’s game.
But it would be a disappointing second half for the visitors who watched as the Stormers clicked up a gear, found their rhythm and forced the Lions to defend, defend, defend.
Five second half tries later and the game was sewn up, the Stormers defeating the Lions in an exciting match that certainly gave the crowd many thrills, especially for the home supporters who would have been frustrated at their team’s lack of success to date, having won just one match prior to this.
The win takes them into seventh place on the log while the Lions, with a game in hand, are 13th with lots of work to do if they are to realise the potential.
The Lions host the Brumbies at in Johannesburg on Saturday in what is shaping to be a must-win match for the hosts.
The Brumbies opened the tournament wide open when they handed the Waratahs their first defeat of the season at the weekend and will arrive in Johannesburg high on confidence, but with the travel factor counting against them.
The Lions simply must be up for this game.Tweet