Lions defence found wanting again

Lions coach Hans Coetzee said Western Province’s try on the stroke of halftime was a decisive moment in their 25-20 Currie Cup defeat at Newlands on Saturday evening.

The Lions coach said after the match he was pleased with his side’s defence but they were made to pay heavily for their shortcomings.

“I am pleased with the side’s defence, and of course we came away with a bonus point,” said Coetzee.

“But again we conceded three tries and when Province went wide just before the break we didn’t have the cover out there.

“It’s something we have to work on and the defeat is a setback. “The Lions are in a unique situation in that we want to do well, but we also want to take a good look at our talent.

“There is also another school of thought that says we must start preparing for next year’s Super14 season.”

Coetzee said his side’s poor performance at line-out time as well as ill-discipline in the first half were worrying factors.

Coetzee’s namesake and Province counterpart Alister Coetzee said the outcome of the match meant that his side moved to second place on the Currie Cup defence. The Province coach said his side had difficulty in trying to cope with Lions’ rush defence tactics.

“The pleasing thing is that we placed ourselves in good positions throughout the match,” said Alister Coetzee.

“The try before halftime was a telling blow for the Lions and it was a fitting reward for our patience.

“Our poor discipline at times helped to relieve the pressure for the visitors, but it’s something that we have to be aware of going into the second round of the Currie Cup competition. “We scrummed well again today, even when we were down to seven players.”

Province skipper Luke Watson said he was delighted with the win but he would have liked the bonus point.

“There were positive signs in this performance and I would not like to be the captain of a side that only kicks,” said Watson.

“We’ve given our back three (Joe Pietersen, Gio Aplon and Tonderai Chavhanga) the licence to run whenever the opportunity presents itself.

“We need to be far more accurate in the various aspects of our game.”

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