Eloff rues missed chances

After an enthusiastic showing by his young Lions outfit in their first Super 14 showing, coach Eugene Eloff believes his team fumbled the opportunities which could have seen them pull off a sharp upset.


“They are a good side,” Eloff said of the Waratahs to rugbyheaven.com.


“But they lack that sort of disciplined play they always had, controlled phases, attacking you … you can see also that they have some inexperience in their team.


“I expected a stronger onslaught. And, to be honest, at one stage we had them. We just couldn’t finish.”


Meanwhile rookie fly-half for the ‘Tahs, Kurtley Beale, after a strong start to his Super rugby career, is getting used to the spotlight and to the intensity of play at the hhigher echelons of the rugby world.


“I am a first-timer at experiencing this level – experiencing a different type of game style and intensity,” said Beale, who replaced Daniel Halangahu midway through the second half.


“I have never played in that kind of atmosphere before…it was a good experience.”


Beale would be knocking at the door for a place in the Waratahs starting line-up, but he says just being on the bench is “a dream”.


“I’m just happy to be in the 22. That was my goal and I have achieved it now. It is a big thing for me, but for the first couple of games, I have to cement selection first in the 22.


“Hopefully the 15 will come later.”


Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie is happy with the win, but is also comfortable with pundits now notching them down a level on lists of favourites to go all the way in this year’s competition, after what was perceived as a scrappy win against a less-fancied opposition.


“I don’t think many people will tip us to beat the Sharks, so that is OK with us,” McKenzie said, referring to the Waratahs forthcoming fixture in Durban.


“We will keep plugging away, get a few wins up and maybe be there at the end.


“We didn’t expect to come here and put our best performance on the park.”


365 Digital

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