‘We left it all out on the field’


The Citizen (Gauteng) - - SPORT - Ru­dolph Ja­cobs

Skip­per proud of his men for their stir­ring fight­back.

The Li­ons are tak­ing their nar­row 35-33 Su­per Rugby loss to cross-Jukskei ri­vals the Bulls on the chin. The de­feat saw their five­match win­ning run come to an end and Joburg’s Pride are hun­gry to get back on the horse this week­end against the un­pre­dictable High­landers at El­lis Park.

“I think we were good in some parts at Loftus. I think we can take a lot of pos­i­tives out of the game, there were just some cru­cial turnovers and mis­takes on our part that let us down,” said cap­tain War­ren White­ley, whose 159 tack­les is the most in this sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion.

“The Bulls are a fan­tas­tic side and they re­ally worked hard for the win. They de­served it. For us it’s an­other big game this week, so we’ll get back to the drawing board.”

Af­ter hooker Rob­bie Coet­zee pulled out prior to the game, Akker van der Merwe had to start, with Mark Pre­to­rius win­ning a place on the bench. The reshuffl ing could have played a role in their li­ne­out strug­gle.

“We prob­a­bly had the edge in the scrums, but also in the sec­ond half they got stronger there. They def­i­nitely had us in the li­ne­outs and put some pres­sure on us, but it was a fan­tas­tic game,” said White­ley.

“The Bulls were just bet­ter than us on the day. I think they were more clin­i­cal, es­pe­cially at the set-pieces. I re­ally en­joyed it. It was a hel­luva game and both sides pro­duced some fan­tas­tic tries.”

De­spite a slow start which saw them trail­ing 25-10, White­ley said they fought back well.

“I think even­tu­ally we did get go­ing and we played some good rugby. I’m proud of the team and I think we left it all out on the field,” he said.

Pic­ture: Back­pagepix

PROUD. Li­ons cap­tain War­ren White­ley has taken their de­feat at Loftus on the chin.

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