Mitchell to focus on youth

2012-01-28 15:35

Johannesburg - Lions head coach John Mitchell said he needs to help some of the younger players in the squad, to make the step up to Super Rugby as soon as possible.

Mitchell said after his side's 28-6 defeat against the Stormers at Newlands on Friday, that mental fortitude was an important part of the team's preparation.

The Lions team included several players who carried the side to last season's Currie Cup title while the Stormers fielded players, particularly along the Springbok-laden backline, which saw the franchise win the South African Super Rugby Conference.

"I will be looking to close that mental window for them (the youngsters) very quickly," said Mitchell.

"Also because the (substitutes) bench will be critical at some stage, we have to make sure that we've prepared the guys.

"I have a few under-19 players because there was nothing to buy, at least not players with reputation.

"I'd rather bring youth through the ranks in our system and that has been a big part of my coaching career."

Mitchell felt that in terms of preparedness for the match, his team needed another week to be adequately conditioned.

"Our preparation was probably a week short for this game," said Mitchell.

"We were pretty average in attack and there's work to do in the line-outs. "But it was a good starting point for us and performance-wise we can see there is still a lot to work on.

"As we close in on the start of the season we will look to be sharper and more physical.

"Our style of football will be refreshing and nothing will change the way we play our football."

Mitchell said his side's performance fell apart in the closing stages.

"There was individualism and selfishness towards the end," said Mitchell.

"We have to start to focus on the details (of our playing pattern)." Stormers coach Allister Coetzee praised the Lions for the thrust they displayed with ball in hand.

"We saw what a threat the Lions pose when they dominate," said Coetzee. "We were physical and showed attitude. It's the kind of attributes we need to see as we approach the start of the season.

"But there is a lot of things to work on, especially at the breakdown." Stormers captain Schalk Burger said he was pleased with his side's performance at the breakdown when his side was on attack.

"We were effective at the breakdown on attack," said Burger.

"We've got to stay on our feet and make sure we're not falling in the wrong place. It's important at this stage to get through the matches physically."


  • aubrey.gloster - 2012-01-28 16:24

    Daar het al die Stormers dit nou. Die Leeus het met hulle onder 19's gespeel

  • Nico - 2012-01-28 18:10

    haven't seen the game, thx to supersport! apparently highlights of showjumping and some watersports is more important in our rugby mad nation than live rugby! and they were there, because there will be a highlights package. from what i've seen, it looks as if our lineouts need some work, and the guys need to play to the gameplan again. all will be ready for the super15 :)

      Steenbra - 2012-01-29 09:46

      I take it youre a Lions supporter.. lineouts were poor, scrummaging not bad and Butch should be used from the bench only..slow and ponderous..

      Nico - 2012-01-30 10:46

      @steenbra, yeap, Lions supporter :) I think Butch will be used from the bench, jantjies got an injury, he will be ready when the season start :) Wicus will also be back before the season start and he will improve our lineouts a lot.

  • GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-28 22:31

    When the GLRU stop paying Mitchell's salary he'll kinda start to lose intrest in any kind of coaching I'm sure.

  • Marc Cuzzie Serif - 2012-01-29 05:23

    Guys, guys, guys....and girlz, massive fans and supporters of the sport which not only tears us apart but binds us in Green and Gold Bokke, as a Lion supporter, I can humbly say that the Province did indeed GRIND us down, as Isak says. Fact remains, we all love our boys and will support them to the end....please remember and bear in mind that while the Lions have been supporting SA Rugby from the bottom of the log for so many years, yourselves as Bulls, Sharks, WP, Cheetahs, Pumas etc etc can and should honestly admit that the young Lions teams play their absolute hearts out, not only for their coaching staff, but for the fans and supporters of this most excellent and awesome game....which we call Rugby!

  • Shaun - 2012-01-29 08:11

    After hearing that the Lions are bankrupt the only thing Mitchell will be able to pick from is the junior players who have not left the union for money.

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-01-29 09:58

      Where did you hear that? From the same media who said that Allister will be Bok coach? The same media who punted the Stormers to take last years Voda, Currie and Super?

  • Andre Botes - 2012-01-29 08:14

    Its all they can afford! B section for them one of these days. Especially now that the got super15 status.

      Christo - 2012-01-29 08:47

      Klink of jy vroeg gesuip het! Klim terug in die bed!

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-01-29 09:55

      Andre drank en die Internet gaan nie saam nie. Jou spelling wek kommer. Who is "the" peanutbrain?

      Andre Botes - 2012-01-29 13:17

      The KINGS!!!! Just admit the Lions are crap and were outplayed. And just admit that your bankrupt!!!!! Kings will take over from the lions in 2013. B section for the lions. Ignorance is bliss!!!! The first step to recovery is to admit it! Ha ha!

      Juan - 2012-01-29 14:10

      @Andre. With no silverware to show be carefull the kings dont take your spot in S15. Lions for champs!!!

      Andre Botes - 2012-01-29 16:45

      @juan. Are you talking about the bulls? Because as far as I know we won everything the last 10 years you loser!!!!!

  • Benmica - 2012-01-29 12:15

    WP has never made it and win a final the last 10 years....

      Andre Botes - 2012-01-29 22:22

      And the lions won't make it past the next financial year!!!!

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-01-29 12:45

    super 15 will be a big challenge for the Lions i am hoping they do well and will back them but it is going to be tough good luck guys

  • Andre Botes - 2012-01-29 13:28

    They can't afford match fees for senior players!!! They use under 19 players so they don't have to pay them. Its child slavery!!!!!The kings have super15 status now and will replace the bankrupt Lions!!!!!B section for the lions next year.

      Juan - 2012-01-29 14:13

      @Andre. Ek voel jammer vir jou ou perd!!! n Gebore verloorder met geen rigting nie.

      Andre Botes - 2012-01-29 16:50

      @juan. Gaan slaap man. Al wat julle kan wen is ontwikkelings bekers. En dan is julle nog bangkrot ook nog jou stupid idioot.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-29 19:39

      Ou Juan dink hy's 'Kool & the gang' sonder sy hemp en met sy shades. Plank.

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-01-30 08:21

      Luister beesblaas is jy 'n Bull of 'n Stormer of 'n hangkas OP ondersteuner? Het jou MA al jou doek geruil? Smaak my jy het 'n histeriese streek in jou seunie. Hierdie forum is vir volwasse gebalanseerde mense en nie vir 'n screaming queen soos jy nie. Jy wil natuurlik die Lions in die B afdeling hĂȘ sodat hulle nie weer die jaar jou spannetjie besmetter nie. Kyk na jou span se hoeveelheid bekers(Stormers) die afgelope 11 jaar. Nul ou Bul.Gie gie gie gie

  • frank.biddlecombe - 2012-01-29 22:09

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha julle is net nors want die Lions het met julle gemors in die currie cup en ek sit eder n onder 19 leeu op die veld voor ek n 40tig jaarige stormer op sit bleri af tree span daai

      Andre Botes - 2012-01-29 22:19

      Hahahahahahah. Julle wen ontwikkelings bekers drol!!!!!ons ander spanne sal eerder ons 40 jarige spelers betaal as julle wat onskuldige kinders uitbuit!!!! Plank!!!!

  • Marius - 2012-01-30 08:23

    Hierdie Andre Botes outjie gee my darem n vreeslike kramp in die gat. Hy kerm en koggel almal, en dit van n seuntjie wat n span ondersteun met sweet boggerol trofee's nie. Een opwarmings wedstryd en sy spannetjie gaan almal trap. Miskien moet hulle Dassen eiland onafhanklik maak, dan kan die Stormers/Wp soontoe trek.....hulle behoort gemengde welslae daar te haal, en dis slegs as Pampoenkloof-stasie se derdes nie mag deelneem nie!

      Andre Botes - 2012-01-30 15:54

      Ek ondersteun die bulle wat nie ontwikkelings bekers net kan wen nie. Julle gee my n kramp in my gat want net sodra julle iets wen dan dink julle dat julle kan almal wen! Jy is seker deel van die finansiele kommitee by die leeus wat so bangrot is jou hond?

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