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.”Tweet