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Muir happy in defeat

2010-02-01 07:14
Dick Muir (Gallo Images)
Pieter Jordaan

Polokwane – Lions coach Dick Muir believes his team reached their goals in spite of a lack of cohesion in their 25-3 and 42-12 defeats against the Bulls on Saturday.

“The idea was just to get the guys on the field. We did not look at combinations, but will do so this week. The performances of individuals were a lot more important to us,” said Muir.

There were some surprises among the star performers. Young wingers Wandile Mjekevu and Wigan Pekeur showed that Tonderai Chavhanga, Dusty Noble, Henno Mentz and Johan Jackson will have to fight for their places.

Muir insists that he will pick according to form, and Mjekevu and Pekeur certainly provided him with food for thought.

“You will see when I name my team for Friday’s training game against the Pumas. Some guys impressed and others didn’t. Others simply did not play,” said Muir.

Backline player Earl Rose was withdrawn before the first game because of a light hamstring injury. However, the Lions escaped unscathed as far as injuries are concerned.

Not one of the Lions’ teams impressed as a unit, though they could have scored a few more tries with better finishing.

Jonathan Mokuena shone in the first game and Chris Jonck showed at scrumhalf that he is the right man to fill in while Jano Vermaak is out injured.

Burton Francis was inconsistent in his debut, but Doppies le Roux and Alwyn Hollenbach started the year well.

In the main game, prop Heinke van der Merwe, No 8 Todd Clever, and Mjekevu and Pekeur performed well.

“But we were up against a very powerful Bulls team,” said Muir.

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