The following are some questions and answers from the post match press conference after the Pumas game last Friday night.
Asked about the game, his response was simple: “It was a tough night, it wasn’t a great performance but we got 5 points out the game. Our goal was to score 5 points, and we achieved that goal.
Credit must be given to the Pumas for their game, they tackled everything in front of them, they slowed the game down to how they wanted to play.”
Questioned about his areas of concerns, his main concern was the lineout. “Our lineouts didn’t function at all, it was a bit windy, but we have a new hooker and his skill level let him down. The handling let us down, especially out wide, we tried the impossible pass and it didn’t work for us. We had no respect for the opposition.”
This game was expected to build on the great victory over the Bulls and take us into the Cheetahs clash full of confidence. “It’s simple, we went backwards!”
Willem Alberts came on in the 20th minute for Rhodes. “Rhodes had cramps before the game started, but he wanted to play. He couldn’t take it after 20 minutes and we decided to give Willem an extended run off the bench”
Asked whether the late change, bringing in Dumond for Meyer, has anything to do with the poor showing, “We can’t blame one player for the poor showing, our entire backline moved laterally. 19 turnovers in the first half didn’t help our progress.”
“They were better than us, we can’t take that away from them. This is not a bad side at all, and I will not be surprised if they won a few games this season.”
Let’s hope one of those victories don’t come against us in the away leg!Tweet