Eloff to walk the plank?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 17 Mar 2009 at 07:51
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Lions coach Eugene Eloff has vowed to ‘stand down” after the Currie Cup this year if his under-performing team fails to achieve the goals that he had set.

Eloff, who was livid after his team’s second-half collapse saw them suffer a humiliating 18-56 defeat against the Stormers at the weekend, questioned the attitude of some players.

“This was simply not good enough and I don’t accept the performance we had in the second half,” Eloff said in his weekly column on the Lions website, adding that there are “no excuses” for such a performance.

“In the three years of coaching and building this team, this was the first time I felt that the guys gave up in the second half when they [the Stormers] scored two quick tries. I was just as disappointed as all our supporters were. I really do believe that we could have won this match.”

He said the Lions “MUST” turn it around this week, when they face the Brumbies at home on Saturday.

“After the match [at Newlands] on Saturday, the team got together and the players had a session with each other,” Eloff said in his column.

“After an hour or so they were done and committed to the cause and the goals, and that they are going all out to turn the season (which is not over or lost yet) around, starting this weekend … and I believe they will.

“There is nothing wrong with the coaching, the structures, the systems and fitness.

“It is all about attitude, game discipline, urgency and accurate execution between the four lines. Now it is time for the players to deliver. I know they have the potential and ability to do it, and I will always believe in them.

“This week is going to be tough but with purpose and we will be smart and intelligent in our preparation.”

Eloff said he will stay true to his commitment to the union, the players, sponsors, supporters and himself that he would bring the team on track in three years and this is year three.

“I intend to do it and won’t give up on that. ‘Quitters never win, and winners never quit’. We have nine matches to prove ourselves in the Super 14, a match to win against the British & Irish Lions and a Currie Cup to win.

“My contract expires on October 31 this year and if I do not achieve the goals that I set, I will humbly stand down and move on. But until then, my heart and soul is in the red and white and with this province, team and the supporters, who I really love and care for.”


  • Boy am I glad I don’t support the Lions… :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.03.09 08:03:53 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Did you hear that Leon Boshoff was suspended?

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.03.09 08:20:44 by walter van Reply

    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • @walter van (Comment 2) :

    What for??? :shock:

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.03.09 08:23:05 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Anyway, its been common knowledge that Eloff and Boshoff had plans to go coach overseas when their contracts expire at the end of October.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.03.09 08:24:39 by walter van Reply

    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    Verbal abuse of a player(s)

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.03.09 08:25:28 by walter van Reply

    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • HECTIC!!! :???:

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.03.09 08:30:05 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @walter van (Comment 5) : Eish….for real? But if it was post Saturday – surely it was warranted?

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.03.09 09:02:39 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire SauceCurrie Cup player
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 7) : see my latest piece :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.03.09 09:34:30 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • Now this would be a good heading if Loffie coached pirates…..

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.03.09 09:41:09 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 9) : aaar

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.03.09 09:54:22 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : International Talk Like a Pirate Day is not until September 19…..Don’t believe me…..look it up. :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.03.09 15:16:18 by Dancing Bear Reply
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