News24

Depleted Lions welcome bye

2012-04-15 20:59

Johannesburg - Their upcoming bye weekend could not have come at a better time for the beleaguered Lions side.

Another drubbing and two seemingly serious lock injuries on Saturday added to their nightmare season on a night when the 32-18 loss to the Bulls at Coca-Cola Park probably flattered the home side.

A two-week break until they play the Brumbies may also banish the poor performances of the past two weeks from their minds, but there is little hope that any of their injured players, with the exception of wing Michael Killian, will be fit for the tour to Australasia. Their first tour match is against log leaders, the Chiefs, on May 5.

"We didn't deserve to win," coach John Mitchell said. "We showed a lot of immaturity again. There's no bad luck, we deserved to lose."

Inexperience, and not keeping to the game plan, were blamed by Mitchell for the below-par performance.

"We failed to learn the lessons, and how long can they keep on learning? The tight five were again average. Individualism is killing us."

Lions captain Josh Strauss summed up the problems afterwards:

"We let ourselves down in the middle [part of the game]," said Strauss.

"It is something that we have to get right."

Both sides were left to wait on news of their injuries. Bulls prop Dean Greyling was not happy from early on and was replaced by Frik Kirsten after 26 minutes. Dewald Potgieter's first taste of the competition lasted only 12 minutes in his comeback off the bench after severing tendons in his wrist two months ago. He has what is feared could be a serious hamstring injury.

The Lions lost two more locks when Stephan Greeff was taken off after 46 minutes with replacement Marius Coetzer also in the wars late in the game.

The Bulls, picking up full points from the game, draw even with the Stormers on the log.

Both are now on 29 points after seven matches, but while the Bulls have two defeats to the Stormers' one they boast a vastly superior points differential (97 to 42). Five bonus points to the Stormers' one have put them on equal terms on the log.

SAPA

Comments
  • James - 2012-04-15 21:40

    Yawn. When will these writers realise that any 'news' on the lions is a waste of time and space. Can't wait for next year when they become the 'blue lions' then maybe we'll have something to read about.

      Mark - 2012-04-15 22:19

      Another gracious Stormers supporter, dont worry about the Lions, not your problem, stick to articles about your WeeeeeePeeeeee.....Go the Lions

      David - 2012-04-16 07:27

      At least the Lions do have a trophy in the cabinet, the Stormers NOTHING. When last have Stormers/WP won any thing. 2001. So before you have something nasty to say, think first. My prediction. The Bulls to win the Super Rugby title. The Stormers fall short again.

      Nico - 2012-04-16 08:46

      @James, it's easy, you don't have to read them, the same as I ignore the useless Stormers 'news' :)

  • Sean - 2012-04-15 21:55

    I feel for the Lions .

  • Nico - 2012-04-16 08:45

    Use this two weeks to restart your super15 campaign, forget about the first part and focus on the last. we only have one more difficult game against the bulls, the other games we should win :) GO LIONS!!!

  • Joe - 2012-04-16 11:08

    I would like to see the "South Kings" comoe and play a game against the Lions... It would be a nice Cricket score for the Lions... I can't Believe SARU granted them a place in Super rugby if the team can't even qaulify for the Curry Cup...???

  • Reinhardt - 2012-04-16 11:29

    Huge Bulls fan and obviously glad we took home a 5 pointer, but wow, what a great stadium, 10 times better than loftus, enjoyed it fully! Crowd good, booze easy accessible (and bathrooms as well hehe) and a very good vibe! 5 points to the Jozi setup as well!

  • pages:
  • 1