Lions coach at a loss for words after result

Lions coach Eugene Eloff was at a loss for words after the huge 56-18 defeat his side suffered at the hands of the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday – but as always he remained positive and wants to put that right.

“I want to find out what happened after halftime,” he said, “because we held our own in the first half.” And put it right he will, he promised.

“When we conceded that early second-half try, the team started to panic,” he feels. “We started to play as individuals and our structures fell apart.”

His captain Cobus Grobbelaar felt his side made too many mistakes – and Eloff said that that was one of the major problems against a side that punishes opponents for their mistakes with counter-attacks.

His opposite number Rassie Erasmus said the poor form of his side over the last few weeks had taught them to cope with setbacks.

“I was as shocked as anyone when they scored those two tries. It was also a major setback when we lost Nick Koster (after 19 minutes). The team has learnt to cope with setbacks and these players believed in themselves,” he said.

Sharks coach John Plumtree said his side lost some flow against the Reds after the 33rd minute injury to flyhalf Ruan Pienaar.

“Frans [Steyn] did alright though, and he will be all the better for the time he played at flyhalf,” said Plumtree.

“We’ve picked up a few injuries on tour,” he added, “and that’s a major concern for us.”

Pienaar will take no further part on the tour, and joins Jean Deyzel and Alistair Hargreaves who have already returned to South Africa for injuries sustained earlier.

Cheetahs captain Hendro Scholtz lamented his side’s lethargy in the match they lost 46-12 to the Blues.

“I don’t know why we take 75 minutes before we decide to play,” he said afterwards. Or don’t tackle or handle well, he could’ve added.

Sapa Super Rugby

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