Lions coach Loffie Eloff says his team responded well to a troubled build-up, as they beat the Brumbies 25-17 in Johannesburg, last Saturday.
Rugby 365 reports that the Lions started the Brumbies build-up in the wake of a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Stormers in Week Five, while assistant coach Leon Boshoff was also suspended for verbal abuse.
Eloff complimented his chargers’ response after a very difficult week, off the field.
“Emotionally it was a very difficult week with all the off the field rubbish that we had to sort,” Eloff said in reference to Boshoff’s suspension.
“After last week’s showing I take my hat off to the players for their courage. A few guys put their hands up but collectively it was a team effort and credit to them for lifting themselves,” he said.
While the Lions will be buoyed by the victory, Eloff rued the Lions’ missed opportunities.
“When we review the match we’ll see we should’ve scored three or four tries in the first-half with all those linebreaks. We need to be more clinical.”
Eloff indicated that there’s no injury concerns but he is worried about players cramping up in the game.
“The pace of the game was unreal and it took a lot out of the guys. I think that caused cramp for some guys [on both teams] which is a bit of a concern.
The Lions take on the Hurricanes at home next week before they embark on their overseas leg of the tournament.
While the Lions will take a lot of confidence from the Brumbies victory, captain Cobus Grobbelaar said his team will needs to use the win to ignite their Super 14 campaign.
“I think we played to our potential but the Brumbies are a quality side and they played really well,” Grobbelaar said.
“We played a very balanced game, going for territory and running when it was on, so we’ll have to do that again [against the Hurricanes].”Tweet