I had the pleasure of attending the post match interview of both John Mitchell and John Plumtree.
John Mitchell was first up to the hot seat, and looked very disappointed. Asked about his thoughts of the game, “We are very disappointed. We were unable to control the ball, we played like individuals, there was no team effort whatsoever. The two intercepts ended up killing the game”
It was mentioned that the Lions were still in the game at half time, to which he responded: “Yeah, we played well and defended well to stay in the game, but that wore us out. After half time we couldn’t keep our composure and the players got lazy, and then the tackling became inaccurate.”
Mitchell made it clear that it was a step in the wrong direction after playing so well against the Bulls in the previous week, but he did add that the youngsters in the team need to learn to take a knock and come back from it. Going forward he does not see any major changes to the team that played against the Sharks, as he has faith in the squad and the belief that they can take the Union forward.
John Plumtree was in a jovial mood as he got his talk off with a few jokes about how sweet the beer is going to taste after the victory. He said he was interested to see the statistics after the game, but that he was happy with how the team played, and that the team enjoyed playing the passing game. In the first 20 minutes of the game, the Lions had to make 66 tackles to the 3 made by the Sharks.
Asked about Pat Lambie: “Pat played really well, he enjoys being close to the ball. His biggest challenge at this stage is to decide when to kick. He kicked for the first time in the 55th minute of the game, and he really could have kicked a few times when the Lions were on attack. He will learn and he will grow into it.”
Plumtree was really happy with the way Andries Strauss played as well: “I thought Andries had a great game, he got good going forward ball, and that came from feeding off Alberts. He showed good intent”
“Deysel might have injured the PCL in his knee, and could be out for 6-8 weeks. It’s a shame for Jean, I was really getting excited after he started the game so well. He really has been unlucky.”Tweet