Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck admitted his charges were beaten by a better side in their derby against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The home side outscored the Stormers two tries to one in their 29-22 triumph and after the loss Fleck was honest in his assessment of what turned out to be a thrilling clash.
“It was what we expected it to be as such there was a lot of intensity and the game was played at a high tempo,” he said.
“There were moments for both sides to really take control of the game and then the other side fought back so it was a real clash.
“I guess that we can feel pleased that we came away with at least a point but I certainly felt that there were moments there that we could have taken it, but credit to the Lions they were the better side on the day and ultimately they deserved that win.”
Fleck said he wasn’t surprised by the Lions attacking style of play, after they employed a more conservative approach in their previous match against the Sharks in Durban in Round Seven.
“It required them to play a different style against the Sharks, It’s tough there at the Shark tank where the ball is a bit slippery but we certainly expected them to come ball in hand at home,” he added.
“So we were right in our plans and I feel that we did fairly well to stem that tide at stages when they really came at us and I feel there were moments where we defended really well and we created turnover ball.
“We just didn’t capitalise on those opportunities as much as we would have liked.
“I certainly felt we matched the intensity but at the end of the day they did well to get the win.”