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Following Lions loss, Coach John Dobson claims they didn’t stick to the game plan
After the Lions loss in the United Rugby Championship at 37-19, Stormers coach John Dobson claims his team did follow the game plan. It was Stormer’s first game in front of spectators at Cape Town Stadium after securing a win against the Dragons in the team’s last match.
However, this time it was the Lions who celebrated after scoring 4 converted tries and 3 penalties. The Stormers, on the other hand, ran in three tries with the 3rd one coming in the second hand after it. After the game, Dobson said they did not play the right game against the Lions.
In an interview with I0L, Dobson stated that he had never seen that kind of game in his coaching career. There were lots of opportunities that were unconverted and the Stormers were far too lateral. The coach also commented on the wind, saying that it was quite seismic and the team were going for bridge passes instead.
‘Our message at half-time was clear. I said it and Salmaan said it. But then within two minutes of the second half, we knocked on twice, throwing long passes and giving away a penalty. We were very poor in how we didn’t stick to our plan. Maybe we didn’t get the message across strongly or directly enough.’ said the Stormers coach.
Cape Town City prepares to host Maritzburg United after their team camp
Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler prepares to host their next Maritzburg United game after holding their team bonding camp in Johannesburg. The team camp was a trip to FNB stadium but only the Cape Town City team showed up after 31 personnel of Kaizer Chiefs tested positive for COVID-19 at their training base.
Despite knowing the Kaizer Chiefs were unable to go to the team camp, Cape Town City still posted all their pre-match preparation such as their player cards on social media. This attracted huge attention on social media, accusing the Cape Town City of not being sympathetic to the Kaizer Chief’s medical situation caused by COVID-19.
Cape Town City is now back home to prepare for the upcoming Maritzburg United which they will be hosting. Tinkler said that the games this December are vital as this is their only chance to collect max points from their home matches. The City’s coach said he expects the players to produce a good and winning performance.
Maritzburg midfielder Travis Graham said that Tinkler seems to be fully determined to get the victory so the players must be ready to give 100% in the game.