Kolisi, Dobson: Stormers changeroom felt like a loss after Lions win

Ruben Schoeman of the Lions tackled by Bongi Mbonambi (Ashley Vlotman/Gallo)

Ruben Schoeman of the Lions tackled by Bongi Mbonambi (Ashley Vlotman/Gallo)

  • The Stormers beat the Lions at Newlands on Saturday, however the management was not pleased with the efficiency of the facet. 
  • Captain Siya Kolisi was essential of his personal particular person show, saying it will not be ok for worldwide rugby.  
  • Coach John Dobson acknowledged that this stage is not going to be sufficient to problem for the Tremendous Rugby Unlocked title.

A win is a win, so they are saying, however for the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday evening, there was not a lot to have a good time. 

The hosts started their Tremendous Rugby Unlocked marketing campaign – they’d a bye in spherical one final weekend – with a 23-17 win over the Elton Jantjies-inspired Lions who, for almost all of the competition, appeared to be the higher facet. 

Two tries within the area of 12 minutes from centres Rikus Pretorius and Dan du Plessis in the end acquired the job performed for the Stormers, however talking after the match each coach John Dobson and captain Siya Kolisi revealed how sombre the temper within the dressing room had been after the ultimate whistle. 

The Stormers, of their remaining run of matches at Newlands earlier than a transfer to Cape City Stadium in 2021, desperately need to win this model of Tremendous Rugby after which the Currie Cup that can observe. 

Neither of these objectives might be achieved, nonetheless, if that is the usual they constantly ship till January subsequent 12 months. 

The Stormers kicked aimlessly, had little proof of any continuity or enterprise on assault, struggled at set piece and easily dropped too many balls. 

Kolisi maybe summed it up finest. 

“The best way I performed right this moment, if I needed to go play in a global recreation, there isn’t any methods I’d have survived,” he mentioned. 

Dobson, too, was not impressed. 

“The changeroom felt like a loss and we have been very disillusioned with our efficiency. There isn’t a doubt we might be higher for it,” he mentioned. 

“As Siya mentioned within the changeroom, individually there have been some actually substandard performances.

“We received the territory battle rather well, however how we did it nervous me. In that second half we have been kicking kicks down the sector that weren’t contestable or distance.

“We requested quite a lot of ourselves to defend that and it nearly turned like a coaching drill taking place the center of the sector.

“In 5 lineouts we didn’t launch, whether or not we acquired the ball ripped or simply misplaced the lineout.

“There was just a little interval within the first half after we acquired by means of some phases however, past that, not likely. We definitely weren’t efficient on assault and it is one thing now we have to work on.”

Dobson did recommend that maybe having a bye in week one, when the opposite six competing sides within the event secured useful minutes of their gamers, might have ended up being a drawback. 

“It felt like we hadn’t performed for a really very long time and perhaps the opposite groups have gotten that good thing about the additional recreation final week,” he mentioned. 

Kolisi, in the meantime, acknowledged that taking part in in entrance of an empty Newlands had been an odd expertise. 

“Even the warm-up was awkward. I do know now we have already performed right here within the Marvel recreation, however that is totally different,” he mentioned.

“It isn’t the identical, actually. We usually take it (the group) with no consideration and I do not assume we have understood what it means to us till now. The best way we began right this moment, normally the group would decide us up after we make mistake after mistake.”

However, in what has now turn into acquainted style, the Bok captain was not making excuses. 

“We felt like all the things was going the Lions’ means. The one factor we spoke about was beginning the second half with depth and we undoubtedly did not do this,” he mentioned.

“It felt like a loss.”

The Stormers are subsequent in motion after they tackle the Pumas at Mbombela Stadium on Friday, whereas the Lions host the Cheetahs on Saturday. 

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