Mitchell: Lions were impatient

2012-03-03 14:13

Johannesburg - Lions coach John Mitchell bemoaned his side’s impatience after they let victory slip from their grasp in the dying moments of their Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes at Coca-Cola Park on Friday night.

“I thought our second half was a very good performance," Mitchell said.

"Our first half lacked patience and ball retention, and we seemed very individual in the parts that we played."

The hosts established a one-point lead over the tourists when Butch James powered himself over the line for a converted try with 10 minutes left in the encounter.

The hosts needed only to keep the 'Canes pinned in their half to ensure their second successive victory in the competition.

Their hopes, however, were dashed when Hurricanes flyhalf Beauden Barrett converted a penalty two minutes before time to clinch a 30-28 victory.

The Lions had a wealth of opportunities to take the game away from the Hurricanes but bad decision making and their inability to finish ultimately cost them the match.

To add insult to injury, they allowed the Hurricanes to capitalise on their mistakes and score on two occasions.

Lions skipper Josh Strauss said his troops would go back to the drawing board on Monday to remedy the errors they made in the match.

“They scored off our mistakes," Strauss said.

"That is something that shouldn’t have happened, so we will look back at it and fix what we did wrong.

“I think we had a better second-half performance and showed some character but we let ourselves down.”

The Lions also lost one of their key attacking platforms when injury forced the scrums to be uncontested early in the first half.

CJ van der Linde replaced JC Janse van Rensburg 11 minutes into the match and found himself on the bench five minutes before the break.

This left only Pat Cilliers as a specialist prop and led to uncontested scrums after the Lions had dominated this facet of the game early on.

“I think we were scrummaging very well," Mitchell said.

"In fact, it would have made the contest a little bit different, especially the pressure that takes and the energy that it takes out of the legs.

“The contest didn't present that, it presented an uncontested scrum.”

This played into the Hurricanes’ hands as they snatched their first win of the competition.

“It was a great game and it was a pity that it had to go to uncontested scrums," said Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett.

"I think it became an advantage and a disadvantage for both teams."


  • Nico - 2012-03-03 14:20

    Fortunetely we have the best coach & best captain, so will be back next weekend better than ever :) Already a huge improvement from the first week to this week, so looking forward to another big improvement next week :) GO LIONS!!

      Ridwaan - 2012-03-03 15:18

      josh Strauss - Good Captain yeh...but he really needs to quit spilling bill in contact, he's been doing that since the CC, twice in Cheetahs game, and Twice against Canes, which is why they (Canes) scored.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-03-03 14:35

    Sad, but justice - the first Lions try was NOT a try, out by a mile. Old Veldsman was over hasty, normally he takes forever and I want to scream, this time he rushed. Should have won this one, but the Hurricanes are not as bad as some make out.

      Justin Hawthorne - 2012-03-03 16:01

      Agree completely. Veldsman made the wrong call on that one.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-03 16:02

      I don't know why you got all the thumbs down. Half of Taute's body was over the touchline. Shaun 'you may award the try' Veldmuis was very quick to make his decision. Unlike last week when he disallowed a perfectly good Hurricanes try against the Stormers.

      Pierre - 2012-03-04 02:02

      No guys we should not turn on each other. When SA teams play a touring side we should stick together. I don't care if one of our teams got a try that was maybe doubtful. So many decisions have gone against us in the past; be grateful that a few decisions sometimes go in our favour. We deserve some decisions to go into our favour. (Maybe the Stormers’ penalty try was debatable, but not wrong. But don’t forget that last Stormer try that was not awarded. It cost the Stormers a bloody bonus point.)

  • Bob - 2012-03-03 15:51

    "They scored off our mistakes." none more so than that of Straus himself when he turned over lions possession in the tackle and they scored a run away try. I rate Straus, but perhaps he should forget about image - read the beard - and get on with playing the rugby he can be so good at.

  • Pierre - 2012-03-04 01:54

    These are games we have to win. Does not matter how good the Lions played, this game should have been won and won by 10 or more. This Hurricanes team is not a strong team; it should not have been down to the wire in the last minutes. This was a home game against a weak touring side. SA cannot afford to let home games like this go. The Hurricanes have now 4 log points they should not have had; and that will cost other SA teams in the end. (ok good show for Butch to score on 70 mins; nice to see him on form.)

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