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Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen ‘damage’ by Sharks loss: ‘We had been adequate to win the sport’

Ivan van Rooyen (Gallo Photos)

  • Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen mentioned they had been adequate to beat the Sharks regardless of dropping to them on Saturday at Kings Park.
  • The Lions had been subjected to a second consecutive Rainbow Cup SA defeat after they had been downed 34-26.
  • Van Rooyen conceded that they should be higher for the remainder of the match.

Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen says they had been greater than adequate to beat the Sharks, regardless of their 34-26 loss to the Durban franchise at Kings Park on Saturday.

The loss was the Lions’ second consecutive Rainbow Cup SA defeat after being downed by the Bulls within the opening spherical.

Nevertheless, this defeat appeared to harm extra as Van Rooyen felt that they had greater than sufficient within the tank to get the higher of the Sharks.

“We had been adequate to win the sport and we had sufficient alternatives to win the sport and I believe that is why it hurts a lot,” Van Rooyen mentioned.

“The blokes actually received caught in there for 80 minutes and I actually felt we improved within the second half. We regarded determined and our execution improved and that provides to the frustration.”

The sport was just about misplaced within the first half the place the Sharks raced to a 24-5 lead within the first half-hour earlier than the Lions mounted a comeback of kinds.

That the Lions had been inaccurate was displayed within the first 10 minutes of the second half the place they had been unable to tug the sport again regardless of the Sharks being right down to 13 males.

Van Rooyen agreed the primary half-hour of the sport allow them to down and the mountain to climb within the second half was too steep.

“The primary half-hour was irritating for us, however I felt we got here again nicely within the final 10 minutes. The Sharks put each aspect of ours underneath strain within the first 10 minutes,” Van Rooyen mentioned.

“They began off nicely and we regarded fairly flat to be trustworthy, however as soon as we received the ball and as soon as, we received taking part in, we regarded and felt so much higher.”

The Rainbow Cup SA strikes from the coast to the highveld subsequent week the place the Lions shall be internet hosting the equally winless Stormers at Ellis Park.

Van Rooyen mentioned they should enhance in all sides because the Stormers once more flattered to deceive, this time dropping to the Bulls on Saturday night.

“It is vital that we carry on transferring ahead in all departments. We improved our maul defence from the Preparation Sequence and our defence fronted up,” Van Rooyen mentioned.

“If we will simply reduce down our error fee at very important occasions, I believe that can make an enormous distinction.”

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